Miranda Lorikeet is a master at capturing the beauty in simplicity. Using MS Paint to express her artistic voice, she often depicts a singular figure surrounded by a vast and colorful scene. The figures are completely alone, but they are not lonely. They are just existing among the mountains, the ocean, and the sky, completely content in their solitude. The calmness emanating from her work, as well as its incredibly lovely aesthetic and subtlety existential undertones, made me a fast, passionate fan. I also became insatiably curious to know what went into it all: the landscapes, the mental-spaces of the women, the surreal atmosphere, everything. I eventually had the amazing honor to interview the Sydney-based artist, and was and still am so excited to release this interview with one of my favorite artists that I’ve ever come across! So without further ado, let’s get into it.
BB) What makes MS Paint the right medium for your artwork, does it help properly materialize the images in your head or was it simply an artistic choice?
BB) Have you always been artistic, and if so, what are some of the other mediums that you’ve utilized?
BB) Your work is extremely beautiful in its minimalism and simplicity. How do you begin a piece, and how do you know when it’s finished?
ML) Thank you! I start by playing with colour palettes for hours until I get the right mood from the colours I have chosen. I start drawing a landscape and just see where the drawing takes me. I never plan out my drawings, they just sort of happen. The colours and the theme of the drawing are always based on my mood at the time. I know when it’s finished when I sit back and don’t feel the need to tamper with it anymore. I generally work on one image over the course of a single day.
BB) A lot of your work features a solitary female figure surrounded by a grand, colorful landscape. Are you trying to evoke something specific with this layout, or ignite certain kinds of emotions? What are your characters doing or searching for out in the world?
BB) Have you ever put yourself in any of your paintings? If so, why was it important to place yourself within the piece, and if not, why is it significant to portray other types of people?
ML) Only once, I drew a self portrait with myself and my pet snake, simply to try something new. My art works aren’t really about me, so I try to keep the figures as neutral as possibly so that any person from anywhere in the world can look at my drawings and see themselves.
BB) I love the blood red moon imagery you often use in your artwork! Is the moon there to represent powerful femininity or it present for another reason?
BB) You’ve mentioned on Instagram that Guy Billout is your favorite artist. What is it about his art that inspires you?
ML) I adore Guy Billout, he is the reason I moved from hand drawing to computer illustration. His works just take you to another world. They’re scary and intriguing, beautiful and interesting. Some his works make me feel really uneasy, and I really like that. He makes really clever art, I get so lost in his concepts. I love that he makes such simple artwork that somehow has so much depth to it.
BB) For me it’s a very calming and therapeutic experience when I look at your work. What do feel when you look at your own pieces, and what do you hope other people feel?
ML) I hope other people find a sense of calm from my drawings. I know a lot of people fear being alone, so I try to play up the idea of being happy and alone, enjoying time with yourself and learning to be alone. It’s important to enjoy your own company sometimes. I love when people put their own meanings to my images though, I absolutely adore hearing what other people see in my drawings. That’s part of the fun. They are very much open for interpreting. When I draw them, I’m just hoping to project whatever emotion I’m feeling at the time.
BB) If you had to pick one or two bands that could provide the soundtrack for the world of your paintings, who would they be?
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Interview conducted by: Veronica Brevik
Twitter: @VeronicaBrevik (x)
Cover art: Mountain Hike // Missing Bike by Miranda Lorikeet