In this subcultalk you can learn more about visual artist Michelle Schwarzbach aka Mishka. Why she is pursuing her life path as a visual artist, how she deals with setbacks and where she draws her inspiration from.
Mishka lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
She is also the host of the Textile Painting Workshops that take place regularly at her atelier in Berlin's neighborhood Friedenau.
1. What’s the art you’re doing?I create abstract art with a primary focus on expressive faces. The freedom in abstract art allows me to express emotions through colors and shapes without limitations. My mixed-media technique involves combining acrylic and oil paints with oil pastels, providing versatility in my creations.
2. How did you find your way into your art?
Art, painting, and drawing have always been integral to my identity. I began showcasing my works five years ago on various platforms, collaborating with galleries, and exhibiting my art. The transition from pen and paper to oil paintings significantly evolved my artistic journey.
3. What is the reason why you keep doing your art?
The freedom and limitless expression offered by abstract art, especially in portraying emotions through facial expressions, continue to be my driving force. The ability to work without predefined structures allows me to unleash my creativity fully.
4. What do you do when you feel stuck?
When faced with creative blocks, I step back and explore different materials or methods. Embracing varied approaches often sparks new inspiration and helps overcome the feeling of being stuck.
5. How do you deal with setbacks?
Setbacks are viewed as opportunities for growth. I analyze the situation, extract valuable lessons, and use adversity to refine my artistic approach. It fuels resilience and creativity. Sometimes, it helps just to listen to yourself and have a time-out till it feels right again.
6. What is your personal highlight during your whole time working as an artist?
A pivotal highlight for me was the exhibition in March 2023 at the Haze Gallery in my hometown, Berlin. The experience of showcasing my art alongside fellow artists provided a unique opportunity to connect, share ideas, and draw inspiration from their work. Meeting these artists has since become a constant source of motivation and creativity in my artistic journey.
7. When do you feel most productive?
I feel most productive when surrounded by vibrant colors and immersed in a creative environment. The energy from experimenting with new ideas and expressing emotions through art fuels my productivity.
8. What inspires you most?
My inspiration stems from emotions, imperfections, and facial expressions. The creative freedom of abstract art allows me to translate these inspirations into unique and expressive artworks.
9. Do you have a vision or a goal you're working towards?
My goal is to continue growing as an artist, collaborating with fellow creatives, and sharing my art with a global audience. The freedom of expression in abstract art drives my vision.
Additionally, I aspire to live from my art, inspiring people and enjoying the freedom to be independent and flexible with my time.
10. For you personally, what is a life well lived?A life well lived, for me, involves continuous self-expression, meaningful connections, and leaving a positive impact on others through my art.
It's about embracing creativity, resilience, and personal growth.
Beyond that, it means living in peace, being free from opinions that may hinder authenticity, and having the freedom to do what you love.
It's a life where authenticity and passion intertwine, creating a harmonious existence filled with purpose and joy.
To not be scared to be yourself and show your light to the world is an essential part of this journey, fostering a genuine and unapologetic connection with one's true self.
11. What’s your favorite feeling?
My favorite feeling is the sheer happiness and joy that comes from not taking life too seriously.
It's about letting my inner child out to play, allowing my heart to smile and revel in the simple pleasures of creativity and expression.
12. What’s the feeling you like the least?
The feeling I like the least is the frustration that accompanies creative blocks.
13. What are you most afraid of?
I am afraid of a world that consumes us even more than it does now, where minds are clouded, and aggression and egotism prevail.
I fear a world where the essence of our humanity is distorted, and small talk and performances become more important than genuine kindness and true connections.
The prospect of losing the authenticity and true connection that makes us human is a fear that resonates deeply within me.
Thanks for taking the time to answer all of our questions, dear Mishka!
When you want to meet, create, and learn from Mishka in real life, get in touch with us or book directly one of her next Textile Painting Workshops in Berlin.
Until next time,
Your Kat and Team subcultours