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INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST JUDIT NAVRATIL

In this interview artist Judit Navratil talks about her art and moving to California.

Can you share a few words about the city you are living in and how is the local art scene?

Judit: I’ve recently moved to Oakland, California and it really feels that I’ve found the place I have to be. The more I see the more I love – it seems that Oakland to San Francisco is something like Brooklyn to New York. May not be as dense but it has awesome pearls all around – the community and local art scene is very open and recipient. There’s an ArtWalk every first Friday, which is more like a street dance festival, and people gather around the galleries and have fun – for those, who are interested on a more professional level, they have the next afternoons with guided tours and curator talks. The Oakland Museum of California has a similar approach every Friday with half-priced tickets, but not hard to find the non-mainstream art school kid’s open-studio block parties too. My favorite gallery in town is Athen B. so far. And after all, going to SF takes only about 40 minutes: the city may be in a great changing phase again, and some of the Mission District’s  charms are perhaps different, (as artists and galleries can’t afford its rental fees) but everybody still wears some flower in their hair.

What should i do to be happy? 2015, Colored Pencil, Chalk on Paper, 100 x 70 cm

How would you describe your work and what are your main influences?

I’m a storyteller, as I inherited from my family. Main influences are traveling, floating – inside / outside – dissolving boundaries, Good Old Mother Nature and so.. My works usually grow along my life, putting my personal surroundings into wider perspectives.

Cantine 2011, Ink on Wood, 60 x 60 cm

What made you want to become an artist?

The roots were crayons and coloring, then I’ve learnt that art is a great source of constant entertainment and my way to share happiness.

How do you feel about using the internet to expose your works?

I’d like to spend way more time on my internet exposure. It’s a very efficient tool and a great opportunity for artist to expand their audience. I love seeing the changes of old structures.

I love seeing the changes of old structures

What are you working on currently or your plans for the near future?

I’ve started working on my long distance summersault career last fall, a hedonistic meditation approach to spin out of the hamster wheels of the every day duties. It got a bit stuck as I’m still in transition mode after moving, and hasn’t met a new cameraman yet.

I’m discovering the bay area with my two little girls, spreading seeds and trying to establish connections. I’d love to get involved in the mural scene here. My plan is to go further with using augmented reality. I’d love to try out Google Tilt Brush, contribute to make cyberspace as cozy as it could be for the grandchildren to play. It would be cool to find a matching collaboration and start working together with others.

Chicago, 2009, Pencil, Ink, Colored Pencil, Graphite Pencil on Paper, 150 x 150 cm

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