“Art is a gateway to everywhere, one would like to go.”
Dhomth is an illustrator and plastic relief artist. She was born in Banská Bystrica, a city in the heart of Slovakia, where she grew up and lives today. Her childhood was happy and pretty normal. It was her mind inside that was a little peculiar for a regular kid, very soon fascinated by horror, morbidity, death, and nature. Her earliest memory from childhood is from the age of four. She was staring into the huge mirror at home, deeply disappointed with the ordinary human reflection in it. Bored, looking forward to going to sleep “to wake up.” There, lies Dhomth ́s fascination with dreams.
Her first touch with art, especially drawing, was as soon as she remembers. It became her natural way of expression. When she did not know how to describe a thing, she drew it. Very soon everyone in the family knew that art was her way and supported her. But it was the art in high school and later academy of arts, where the real battle started. Constantly balancing on the edge of inner thoughts and outer restrictions, what is considered acceptable, beautiful and right in art, and what is not. As a snake, she tried to slither in between all those categories, which just deepened the inner battles. At the academy of arts, Dhomth reached her breaking point and after finishing her bachelor's degree she left the school.
“It was hard when everyone looked at me like the person who does not know what I want, telling me that what a waste of talent I am or what a pity that I lost interest in art. In fact, I was just tired of listening what not to paint. I was so confused from the differences between the steps in art I wanted to take and the requirements and thoughts of others, that I needed a break. I was in a void. I left the artistic world for nine months. During that time, I had a job. I was just making sketches from time to time... It was like working on a painting on a huge canvas. You need to step back to see what matters and what are your possibilities.”
Even though Dhomth has been drawing and painting for most of her life, it was just after she left the university when she deeply dived into artistic waters. “At work, I realized what I don ́t want -to work in an ordinary job. My ideas and visions were stronger and clearer than ever, so I left the full-time job and focused on art.”
Dhomth ́s artwork is full of contrasts. It is the game of real, and surreal, color and grayscale, material (clay) and flat canvas. Like all the battles are now in balance. The main source of Dhomth ́s illustrations are dreams, where she has had an important bond with them since childhood. This is reflected in her works in the influence of surrealism and symbolism with dark and eerie tones of human subconsciousness. Every artwork is a psychological dive into unknown waters of the human mind, veiled with mystery. Just like dreams are.
Dhomth was featured in Darkadya – The Book of Art from Below Vol.3. Currently she is working on several projects that are soon to be out.
Dhomth’s artwork is one that leaves us in awe. As you dive into the details, you can’t help but feel a deepening curiosity. There is a morbid interest that gives rise to the desire to see more. A certain impulse is felt that comes from deep within and inevitably incites you to find more reasons to see her art. Dhomth’s art is provocative, reflecting a certain truth interspersed with full freedom. She exposes before us realities that we do not want to face. In a very subtle way, her art overturns our own feelings, but at the same time it liberates us, elevates us, and motivates us to deepen our own desires.
Q. What role does the artist have in society?
A. It depends on the artist himself, his artwork and aims. Whether the artist want to make other people happy with his art, or it is just shock and fame he wants to reach, or his art is his true reflection, therapy, and does not care about what other people think. Then the artist ́s role in society can be everything from an outcast, admired celebrity, to unreachable genius.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. It is hard to say which one is the best, I have a lot of great memories. All the great times spent with my family, friends, traveling, vacations, learning new things, trying new things...I would say that my whole childhood is one and the best big memory.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. In general, I just wished to be independent, doing what I really like as a job, and to be successful in it. When I was a child, I wished to work with animals one day, or to be a vet. I was not thinking about being an artist, because back then it was not considered “a real job.”
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. I was 6 years old and went to elementary school with my parents for signing in to first class. I was seated in a class full of kids and while parents were doing papers, kids were drawing. I drew two brown horses on a meadow. One horse was grazing, the second one was rearing. It was pencil colored picture and I still remember coloring the shadows under the bellies of the horses and their falling shadows on the grass, while the teacher was gazing on the picture over my shoulder, as my parents say, not believing her eyes. My mom still has the picture under the top glass of the table at work.
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. Even though I have loved art since my earliest years, I would say that I became really serious after I left the Academy of Arts. Just when I was really on my own, I started to figure out my artistic expression and I have been building it up since.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
A. I don ́t think that I have any particular style and probably I will never have. Where I am now artistically, is a result of a long long path, full of my different art periods, ups and downs. I painted with only 3 colors, then black and white, then bold colors, then just pencil drawings. Once I changed brush for the spatula, so my artworks looked completely different...I painted on big canvases, then small illustrations. Acrylic, watercolor, oils, pen, pencil, and even clay for statues and reliefs...each medium was best for different expressions, best for catching different ideas or visions. Each art period I learned something new and carried it to the next. The art style is everchanging, standing on unshakeable pillars of personality.
Q. How do you visualize the textures of your work?
A. It simply comes...Sometimes it hits me suddenly, vision clear as a day, and sometimes it needs more thinking and sketching, like what I see in my mind is behind a veil, blurred.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. Myself, thoughts, subconscious mysteries.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. Probably not wanting to hurt anyone with my opinions. I rather kept my mouth shut and that got me into many bad situations. It took me a long time to finally learn to roar.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. I had to sacrifice a lot of time that I could be outside. But I don ́t complaint.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. I adore everything strange, peculiar, surreal, creepy and different. But just because I like certain topics, themes, and styles, does not mean I am blind to everything else. Creativity, in general, gets my eyes, so a lot of artists inspire me. But my first and the biggest influences are illustrations of Vladimir Gazovic. When I was a kid, my mom had a book illustrated by him, Metamorphoses by Ovidius. I was looking in the book and diving into his visions all the time. For me to browse that book was like a trance. One day, she gave it to me and I still have it. And still like to browse it.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. I don ́t feel lonely. I don ́t have many friends and a huge family, but those few persons are the best. They know me and understand that I need some time for my creations. I keep this in my mind and I always try to have time for them. I needed practice and a few awkward moments, but now I am in balance.
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. I love to read. I like facts, especially those ones that nobody wants to talk about. Religions, witchcraft, history, science, anatomy anomalies, unsolved cases. But also, I never say no to short horror stories.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. Being truthful to self, but not blind to the world.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. Success for me means when everything is reached, what I wanted to reach and everything is lost, what I wanted to get rid of.
Q. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
A. To not trust everybody everything. Being not afraid to speak up for myself, and just because others don't like it, does not mean it is wrong.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. I’ve been given a lot of amazing advice and each of them came in a time when I needed it the most. But the one that resonates with me the most often is the advice given to me by my parents: “There is always a reason.”
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. Find your balance. Speak, but learn when just to listen. Look within yourself, but don ́t walk blindly. But remember, to be “good” is just middle gray and that can easily get lost.