At Toi, we think art is the best present you can give someone you love.... so, in anticipation of Valentine's Day, we asked Toi's artists about the connection between art and love.
They illustrated their answers, and we love what they did. You will too!
How risky to talk about love without sounding cheesy! Especially when talking about art and love. The most important thing for me is to express a feeling or an idea through my work. When I illustrate, I translate that idea or emotion to a visual language. I allow the image take charge. Form, color, composition, everything has to communicate, to express a feeling.
I’m not sure what is the best present for someone we love. But I’m certain art is one of the best possible presents. What a joy is to choose an artwork, to think of how this would please this person, and how this piece will be in their life forever.
It seems to me that art and love have multiple connections. They are both similar and complementary. Love is indeed one of the fundamental thoughts of us humans. It is a feeling of irrational affection that can create strong emotions and plunge an individual into states of great happiness and passion, but also anger, anxiety or sadness. It's and inspiration for art: it impacts both, the artist and the viewer. In both cases there is a certain quest for beauty that remains subjective.
Art has always been a fundamental way to express feelings.
I believe art is absolutely connected to feelings. It expresses itself in many different ways, all linked more to the heart than to the brain. It is a very deep and inexplicable feeling.
Art, manifested through painting, music, literature, etc. is infinite, unique and invaluable. It is a perfect way to show affection, because the gift of art becomes unforgettable, it is the best way to reach a person and to create a memory, it is something eternal.
Giving someone an artwork is already an act of love.
Artists express their feelings through their work, and by that they give way a part of themselves, which always remains, through time. It's like part of the artist becomes part of the person who receives and appreciates the gift.
Art is love. always.
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Flora Waycott interview for Toi art Gallery.
Flora Waycott is an artist and illustrator from England, currently living in Australia. Raised in Japan as a child, here parents bought her first paint set when she was 8 years old and enrolled her in to art classes in her neighborhood, where she embarked on her creative journey. She graduated with a degree in textile design and worked as a textile designer for a number of years, working with patterns and exciting color palettes. Her love of nature is prominent in her work, combined with little snippets of the world around her, with bold color and thoughtful details.