Interview with Samantha Hart
Samantha Hart | United Kingdom
Samantha has developed her creative practice building collages made from newspaper articles and online media sources. Creating portraits of iconic influences, the hidden thought structure highlights the artists outstanding achievements and their individual spotlighted stories. Presented with vibrant colours the unique technique oozes positivity in a contemporary modern structure.
Samantha’s work is influenced through her outlook at life of searching only for the positives in our journeys. It is important for Samantha to focus on the celebrated achievements within her portraits rather than the personal intimate stories that only they can tell. Through vivid colours and creativity Samantha is able to present an illustrated story through her method of art.
Contemporary Art Station: Tell us about how you got started. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Art has forever been my love and interest, it was my main area studied throughout high school. I was lucky to be part of a specialist engineering school, meaning that creative subjects were a priority there. I did a Btec in design and technology. The whole course set me up for my future as an artist, my teachers made me believe and realise there was a world out there with opportunities for artists, at a time where more academic subjects were preferred. This encouraged me to pursue onto college studying Photography, Fine Art and Media before a years Art Foundation, which I cannot speak more highly of. The tutors pushed my artistic style with enthusiasm, passion and excitement! In fact the whole community was thriving with creativity and excellence. I will forever remain grateful for my experience and confidence gained during that year. In 2014 at the Arts University Bournemouth I completed my degree.
CAS: What is your process like, from initial idea to the creation of the piece? Do you usually develop the idea for a project before you find the "canvas", or vice versa?
I research my chosen subject by using newspapers, magazines and online media, this is my medium for creating my portraits. Usually this is the longest process of my artwork, taking time to research and cut my findings. Once i’ve decided my composition I sketch onto my canvas which is usually A1 sized and begin the freestyle process of building the image.
CAS: What do you love most about your creative process?
I love it when I begin working on the canvas. It’s the time where I feel most peaceful and begin to fully focus. I don’t have a method for where I place the cuttings, I become completely free and expressive and start applying headlines, articles and imagery where feels right. I love watching the image come alive through stories of their own.
Working on the crown of the Flamboyant Freddie piece has definitely been the piece i’ve enjoyed most. The small intricate details and textures were so satisfying to create, I’d love to do another detailed piece like this.
CAS: What role does art and the artist play in the broader social conversation today?
Creativity has the opportunity to highlight topical events, history, periods of change and forgotten stories for example. It works in helping to bring awareness to the general public and can be a platform for change in society. It can be portrayed through subtleness or loud imagery in all forms of media, from film making to fashion. Most of my workshops have celebrated religion and culture which instantly create interesting conversations especially when working alongside children. Art has the chance to educate, to ask questions and to challenge the mind in a way that doesn’t feel like learning.
CAS: Name a few of your favourite artists and influences.
Tatsuya Tanaka, Peter Clark, Sara Fanelli, Alison Jackson and Andy Warhol.
CAS: What is the best advice you received as an artist?
Be current with the world, know what is topical and creating conversations within society. Be true to yourself.
CAS: When did you discover your voice as an artist?
Definitely during college on my Art Foundation. I was really pushed with my practice, creating collages everyday, small, large, detailed or abstract. I remember presenting my final project ideas to my tutors, it was a fun project about the Royal Wedding in 2011, my tutor asked me to make a small birthday card of Kate’s wedding dress. He offered me £5 before the other tutor told him he was being tight, we agreed at £10. During the exhibition of this project I had a prime spot in the entrance, I sold all of my art work that evening. I remember that feeling as a young 17 year old.
I found my voice as an artist on this course along with my confidence. I was surrounded by creative excellence.
CAS: What advice would you give to emerging artists trying to find their own?
Believe in who you are and embrace what makes you unique.
Thank you Samantha!