Inspired by my family's musical roots - previous generations have yielded a composer as well as a conductor - and by violin and piano lessons during my own formative years (the latter taken with my great-grandmother, a music teacher), I first began the artistic exploration of my "inner self" in 2006.
Digital painting came into my life seemingly by chance. In retrospect, I am quite grateful for this. Through fortuitous circumstances I have also come to know some absolutely extraordinary people whose influence I still feel to this day.
My love for music is as powerful as ever and is integral to my artistic work. I listen to music while I paint. It doesn't matter what genre, the important thing is that it really gets under your skin. It centres me completely and produces a real sense for abstract shapes and harmonious colour compositions. There is also an underlying thread that runs through my work, one that has inspired me time and again over the years:
"Where does human existence begin and where is the beginning of its end?"
Talking to children in particular demonstrates just how little we actually know on this subject. With their uniquely blunt, curious nature they demand clear answers to the fundamental question of "why". And you always learn something about yourself at the same time.
Past encounters, some job-related and deeply moving conversations with terminally ill people, and others approaching the end of their lives have fundamentally altered my perspective on the world and form stepping stones along my artistic path.
Indira Emmerlich's website
Indira Emmerlich's AutoGallery exhibit