The wonderfully talented artist Christina Apro has kindly allowed herself some time to answer a few questions and share her views on art and how it ties in with her life and how she views arts place in the world.
Where did your art appreciation stem and how was it formed?
This one’s still a mystery to me. I never ‘studied’ art nor taught ‘how to’ art.
I like to think that art found me, and it was a reunion of sorts. It started in my home country many moons ago in grade 1 where the art teacher encouraged creativity to a level that I soon escalated to overshadowing any other homework tasks such as mathematics or literature, much to my parents’ chagrin. I filled my scrapbook full and beamed with all the A+ marks. Ironically, both parents are quite artistically gifted but neither did anything about it: I remember sifting through old suitcases my dad kept under his bed in our 7th level shoebox concrete apartment. I remember a multitude of loose papers heavily painted with watercolour and acrylic paints depicting landscapes, dinosaurs, plethora of fauna and flora. I pulled these out on a weekly basis and my 5 year old self-made it my mission to one day draw like that too. My mum’s cacti landscapes and aquarium fish sketches created to adorn my dad’s Plant and Animal Collector’s monthly magazine pages, left me mesmerised.
We migrated to Australia when I was 9 years of age. I worked hard to assimilate in a new country, learn its language and more importantly, make new friends. Not your stereotypical spoilt only child, I grew up ingrained in the outlook that art was not a livelihood; I was guided instead to excel academically. This resulted in an unhappy career and the regret of wasted time; art subsequently lost out, and a little of my soul with it.
That being said, I spent and spend every spare second looking at art, researching artists, buying art books, reading biographies, frequenting exhibitions and galleries, and sketching – always sketching. I often say that I have a 9 – 730 career, and a 12 – late passion. I keep occupied with commissions but of course the main satisfaction comes from following my own themes and exhibiting at shows.
If you could have a collab jam session in any 5 people, who would you choose?
What excites you about creating art?
The infinity it presents, and how you can’t go wrong. There are no limits, no rules, and it takes you to a different dimension altogether. It’s my escape, and that excites me!
Interesting you should ask that, because I live in constant fear of galleries closing, following in the footsteps of libraries and bookstores.
It is somewhat alarming the rate of digital art being produced, but it is the nature of the beast. That’s not to say it does not have a place, as obviously it does require skill.
I guess I’m not a huge fan due to the ‘humanity’ it loses along the way. There’s certain touches that traditional art can transcend into emotion and feeling and it’s hard to obtain that by other means.
I do wonder whether traditional work stands any chance. More and more I see people shaky in lifting a pencil or jotting an idea down, and it’s a pity because that’s the birthplace of art and the very foundation of being an ‘artist’.
Kiss or Kill?
One after the other?
Aladdin or Prince Eric?
Shamefully I had to look up Prince Eric.
I am going to go the underdog, Aladdin.