Interview: mavadí about inspiration during the pandemic

Interview: mavadí about inspiration during the pandemic

The permanent lockdown has done something to us humans. First, we had to stay at home. Then, there was hope until the pandemic really kicked in. This strange time, which initially played into our hands as a forced break from our daily routines, has left its mark. While some of us were able to feel a certain normality through the job, for others things have changed in that respect as well. We wondered what it might look like for someone whose profession depends on one component above all: Inspiration.

We got an answer from mavadí. The Düsseldorf-based contemporary artist specializes in abstract art, which he uses to express his moods and feelings. He talked to us about the last few months.

How do you find inspiration in such a difficult time?

I find inspiration for my works mainly in my feelings - positive and negative, happy and depressed, free and burdened. Depending on what's leading inwardly at the moment very much determines how my paintings develop. In the time of lockdown, my works were naturally shaped differently than in times when one can move freely and constantly get new impressions. Some of my paintings, such as "the infestation", are rather gloomy as a result and reflect worries and thoughts at the time during the worldwide spread of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. However, during the pandemic, some very happy images have also emerged, fed by positive moments and memories.


How has the Lockdown changed your behavior?

The Lockdown has changed a lot. I now perceive moments and emotions even more strongly and consciously than before. Things that were taken for granted before now lead to a firework of emotions. I'm curious to see how long this will last and whether at some point everything will be taken for granted again. At the moment, however, I am grateful for many supposed little things, and many of my pictures are correspondingly cheerful and colorful.

Would you say you were more productive or less productive than before?

Productivity is not something that is important to me. I am not concerned with creating a certain number of images in a certain period of time. For me, the only thing that counts is the process of creation. I can completely let go and let myself drift, open up, understand and process emotions. So, for me, the creative process is above all an outlet and vehicle for processing and channeling experiences. Often, I find myself in a kind of tunnel and forget everything around me. This can be physically very exhausting, because I move a lot and the materials move with me.

Sounds like art is also a kind of relaxation for you?

For me, my works cannot be planned and that is exactly what relaxes me personally. Not planning something for a change, just painting. Often, I start with an idea and something completely different comes out of it. Colors, contrasts, shapes, structures, light and shadow - all this develops until at some point everything is in balance. For me, a picture is only complete when I have the feeling that I have achieved this balance. It is not uncommon for me to put a painting away and then change it again after a while. The process can therefore take several months for a picture. But it is precisely this unplannability that makes it so special and valuable for me.

At the end of the conversation, we ask mavadí if he reads a book from time to time. He does indeed read books about art, especially about abstract expressionists.

“The most important thing about my artwork is the balance. I am only satisfied when a symbiosis of colors, structures and patterns has formed.”