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Get Inspired by Berlin-based artist Eva H. Pade

April 2018

Who are you?

My name is Eva H. Pade, and I was born, in 1997. I’m an artist currently living in Berlin.


How did you get interested in art?

There has always been a general interest in art and culture in my family, as well as a desire to express ourselves creatively. As kliché as it may sound, I have been drawing, as long as I can remember. My parents always encouraged my interest in the arts. They took me to museums and bought me my first art supplies.


How would you describe your style?

My style is quite figurative with elements of abstraction. My style and the methods I employ are in a constant state of evolution, as I explore new techniques and media. I’ve always had an interest in film, and are now starting to explore that media as well. In the future, I would like work across different media to link pieces together in new ways.


What are your sources of inspiration?

My work aims to build on transforming the internalized patriarchal stigmas of the female body's symbolism through a collage of narratives, which draws on the current feminist movement, the masters of Western art history, and the symbolic language of pop-culture. I find my inspiration looking at art history, the present and in the pop cultural landscape of social media.


How is the creation process for you?

I start with rough sketches building on an idea or a theme. Afterward, I photograph myself to study the pose as I have imagined it, this informs my decisions about shadows and composition. Next, I draw up my sketch in full scale, and I can start working on the piece. The finished piece never ends up exactly like the sketch, but the main idea stays.


What are your favourite materials to work with?

At the moment I work mainly with colored pencils, acrylic paint, ink pens, pastels, oil pastels and metallic paint. The overall look of my current work is largely dominated by the texture of color pencils, contrasted by various other materials, giving a crucial feel of texture to the piece. I like to experiment with new materials in my works and it keeps evolving.

Who are your favourite artist?

There are many incredible artists who inspire me, and I keep discovering new ones every day. That being said, the artists who inspire me both in terms of style, message,and materials at the moment are: Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chloe Wise, Kerry James Marshall, Allison Zuckerman and David Hockney.


What do you do besides being an artist?

I’m a full-time artist, so everything I do is related to my researches and work. When, I have some free time I enjoy spending it with friends and family since my work is done alone.

What are the best advice given to you as an artist?

The best advice I have been given is from my manager. ‘To become a meaningful and successful artist, you have to be focused, work hard, dedicate your life to your work and go beyond your limits. It takes devotion.\"


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