It’s that time again! We have another interview with a creative to share and you’re definitely not going to want to miss this one. Elika Bo focuses on fine art photography, and her work is BEAUTIFUL. Plus! She’s another avid user of PopMyMind.
Elika told me that she knew she was a creative since she was little… “I loved experimenting and creating new things all the time. Nothing else really had my interest, and I found it very difficult to concentrate on subjects at school. I felt that, with art I could explain myself better. After high school I got into Academy of Arts, studying photography and new media arts, but after a year, I felt that I should go and look for more suitable place to live and study, and explore. That is how I got to London, and graduated from University of East London couple years ago.” That’s pretty gutsy to just up and go – good on you!
Many people experience an art block at some point, and that’s completely normal! I asked Elika if she had any advice for overcoming it. She explained that “organising, prioritising and a positive attitude helps. Also, looking on the positive side at all times, even when things go wrong. Since I am experimental artist, most things go wrong for me in new projects, before they actually pick up. It is always about trying new things, rediscovering and positivity.” This is a wonderful piece of advice. Getting into a rut is like second nature for humans when something goes wrong, but keeping an optimistic attitude can work wonders.
Tying into this optimism, is believing in yourself. This can often be difficult, and even Elika has experienced this (I know?! It’s absurd because she’s so talented). “I think most of the times I have stopped doing something, or I didn’t enroll into project, because I felt that I am not good enough or my work is not worth it. But once I started believing in myself more, I feel strong and confident.” Here, here! Self love is the future.
Elika’s photography is so innovative, I just had to asked her how she creates it! She told me that she uses “a scanner and layering techniques. I get inspired by abstract paintings, so I enjoy layering things on my scanner, and creating abstract images on there. You are almost never sure what you will get, that is why it takes time to come up with new things.”
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I wanted to know if there was a certain environment that helps Elika work more efficiently. She said “I love to be alone at home in my work space to get into the mood of creating. My work takes a lot of time, and I prefer not to be disturbed or distracted by people.” I 100% get that. It’s easy to get distracted by others, so it’s wonderful to have a specific space to work. Elika went on to say that she is “inspired by travelling. I think one of the biggest inspirations for me is people, different cultures and new places.”
Next, I wanted to find out if there were any specific themes that Elika bases her work upon. She said “identity, because I think it is one of the most important things in each of us. I felt the need to create work that people can relate on it and see themselves, or see shapes and abstract things, that are not norm, and explore them, find something that they maybe lost or they are searching for.” I think this is definitely a refreshing and unique perspective.
Up next, I decided to talk to Elika about her very first exhibition. I asked her about when it was and what she learnt. She said “my first ever exhibition was in my hometown in Lithuania, when I was 16 maybe. It was difficult, because I was expecting more. I worked hard, but I realised that it is almost not possible to do everything on your own. And the pressure, workload and expectations had an impact on me afterwards. I found it stressful. It was the first time I actually realised that I think out of the box, because people did not understand, or were not as impressed, but I felt happy, because I did it my way, and how I wanted.” I think this sounds like a pivotal experience, and it’s great that Elika took something positive out of a stressful time.
Looking to the future
I wanted to know where Elika would take her are if she had unlimited time/resources/money. Her answer? “I would take it around the world for sure. I would love to achieve that one day, the stability and knowing that you can be on the road and still creating continuously and happily.”
So before we say goodbye, what do you think the future holds for you and your work? “I think future holds a lot of travelling for me. I can feel that I am a free person, and wherever I will go I will be happy. And what goes for my work and practise, I hope to find new ways of creating work, and developing it to the next level. I would like to adapt other disciples and combine them, but everything is with time, and I am looking forward to it.”
Thanks for chatting with us Elika, you’ve been great and super inspiring. We love your outlook on art and life, and we wish you all the best for the future. If you’d like to learn more about Elika and her work, check out her website and her Instagram.