Questions & Artists (Q&A) is our new weekly interview series spotlighting some of our favourite artists from our creative community. The concept is simple, each artist selects 5 questions at random to answer. We hope to unlock some priceless tricks and tips to help you on your creative journey.
Based in London, Eve De Haan’s portfolio is replete with neon artworks, each sharing a different story, thought or catchphrase through short snippets of text. It’s an approach that developed out of her theology degree, where she realised encapsulating narratives through the written word was the best way to evoke collective emotions in an audience. Neon has allowed her to explore “how malleable definitions of words and phrases can be.” Eve’s artworks probe topics including technology, youth culture, and relationships.
Eve takes inspiration from her everyday experiences and she describes her practice as consolidating her thoughts and putting them out into the world. It’s through this avenue that she shares personal narratives, telling us that “expressing my experiences is part of my form of storytelling.” While her work only shares a short part of a story, she sees them as tantalising beginnings that allow the viewer “to complete the story themselves.” On why it’s important to have this kind of connection with her audience, she adds: “I believe storytelling expands the imagination.” Storytelling, she continues, “is a way of carrying culture. I feel it is a vital part of my creative practice. Everything you create is a story, from beginning to end.
Eve has exhibited in Europe and the US in iconic galleries such as the Saatchi gallery and the museum of neon in LA. She lead an instagram live for the Tate modern, she has had billboards in London, created artwork for nike and Monica Vinader.
What motivates your creative ideas and creative activity?
Everyday life is the best motivation. I love trying to marry objects that i see on a normal day with statements that mean something to me, in the hope that the artwork can make/encourage some positive outcome.
What’s the last thing you learned as a creative?
The last creative class i took was a pottery class. I want to be able to utilise as many mediums as possible.
What impact do you think social media has had on your work?
A lot of my work is based around the effect social media is having on us and our relationships. I am very weary of the impact it is having on us, and how social media is impacting on how we navigate our day to day lives. On the other hand, social media has been a good tool for me to show my artwork and connect with other artists. I would love to delve more into the conflicting relationship i have with social media, and show this through my artwork.
How are your ideas derived?
My ideas come from everything and everyone, there is beauty everywhere.
How does art help you in other areas of your life?
Art is something that makes me happy, if you can create you are free.
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