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Flowsofly – Lines of Intimacy

Who is Flowsofly? And what does their art talk about?

flowsofly [flow-so-fly] is the pseudonym of a contemporary artist from Austria working with lines and words to express feelings of intimacy, love and human nature.

How was your interest for eroticism born? How would you define it?

I believe that it’s a pure form of being, stripping away many human-made things like clothes and surroundings and capturing a moment of a person or between people, loving people. I try to not censor my thoughts and feelings and started sharing a lot of that online, albeit not all.

 

I see intimacy as a beautiful, honest, human, (inter-)personal form of affection whereas eroticism to me is a more commercial term.

 

Some people call my work erotic, some call it soft-/pen-porn, some call it art, some call it plain illustration, and I am open to all these terms if they come with some sort of explanation/context.

 

I like to leave the analysis part to the viewer and allow them to complete it, finishing or continuing the associations with their own imagination, which I think is more interesting than a dictionary definition/classification.

What do you like so much about minimalism and what makes it so perfect to carry your message?

We live in such an overcrowded fomo world where everything and everyone is fighting for attention and the media usually portrays a notion of more more more, stronger, faster everything, and I feel that many people are appreciating a slowing down of that.

 

With the slow-down the important thing is actually the selection on what you pay attention to, a focus. And in my art I try to use this approach as well, setting a focus on a scene, an expression, a feeling, a thought, a connection and let that speak for itself.

 

Behind every published piece are usually a whole lot of iterations, some with more, some with fewer lines and I enjoy playing with that, reducing it, but not too much to lose the meaning.

 

A lot of people around the world chose your art as tattoo designs to permanently mark their skin. How does that make you feel?

That’s crazy yes!

As I don’t have any tattoos myself I didn’t think of this as a medium when I first started publishing my drawings but quickly realized it when people sent me photos, “hey, look what I made!“.

 

It took me some time to develop an opinion on that and now I see it as an honor that my lines carry so much meaning for people that they want them for the rest of their life.

 

I get a new photo of a tattoo from somewhere around the world nearly every day, and every single one of them blows my mind.

We’ve seen that you also have a curated playlist on Spotify. How does music fit within your creative process?

Imagine small particles sitting in the air, calm, like grains of sand everywhere around you.

Then sound waves hit them and they start dancing. Music brings movement to my life and consequently to my hands and work.

In addition to that I see some captions like lyrics to my visuals.

You recently did an exhibition in Turin, Italy. What did you take away from that experience?

That it’s beautiful to go beyond that little magic screen in our hands and onto big canvases.

It feels more real, more important, more like it’s here to stay if you can’t just scroll past it.

And you can actually interact with it, look at it, let it come over you.

Side note here: many people think I draw digitally. That is not the case for 99% of the work.

I draw with pen on paper and then use software to edit my works. So in a way the digital state is just an intermediate state and exhibitions show the original work again.

One of my ambitions this year was to bring more of my works into the physical world.

I’m happy to say that I got to try a couple of different ones, from gallery exhibitions in Salzburg, Austria, in June, to making animated visuals for techno parties in Vienna, Austria, in February, to the one you mentioned in Turin together with Scribit, to now upcoming ones in Lima, Peru opening on 11 October and 2 more in Austria towards the end of the year.

I’m working on developing some event formats and take them international because people from all over the world message and invite me, but it’s a looooot of work alone currently so I gotta take it easy and develop some new strategies for that.
Stay tuned!

 

What has been your greatest struggle in building a following and growing as an artist online?

Staying true to yourself. It’s easy to get caught in doing what brings you followers and likes (yes, social media is an addiction), which to me would mean more erotic works and more merchandise, but it’s important to remember why you started and staying true to that.

Whether 10k or 100k or 500k people see my work is a nice bonus, even a responsibility now, but not the reason why I do it. Earlier this year I was going through a breakup and deleted Instagram for over a month.

And I made art before Instagram and I will make art after Instagram.

Besides that, I think it helps overall to find your style and keep refining it because it becomes your signature, but that is regardless of on/offline.

And keep making new works every day and share more than you might feel comfortable because it allows you to grow and let go a bit of that perfectionism.

In terms of online presence, I like asking people (bloggers, artists,…) if they’d do what they’re doing it if there was no Instagram and you see how real people are, and how much they’re just seeking attention.

What are your plans for the future?

I recently quit my job in design to focus on flowsofly full-time, which is super exciting, but also a challenge to make a living as an independent young person. I made my first print editions, coded an online shop and started building a global network of tattoo artists, check my website www.flowsofly.art for that.

Digitally I’m learning to work with animation and physically with large-scale canvases.

Besides that I have some visions of where this could go, staying true to my values, but really open to explore working with new ideas, new media and people.

f you’d like to work together and make something more exciting than selling T-Shirts, please send me a note via f@flowsofly.art !

 

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