CoinBurp NFT artist interview series — Lisanne Haack
Huge thanks to Lisanne Haack for joining CoinBurp today for an amazing interview. Her stunning abstract pieces can be found on Foundation, Showtime and Rarible.
Lisanne, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with CoinBurp.
Your work is truly astounding, congratulations on the sale of “Transition #1” and the recent minting of the second piece in the series. How did you first get into creating digital art?
Firstly, thank you for your interest in my art and for the words! My first “art encounter” was actually more than 11 years ago, I was 14 or 15 years old I think and I was always a movie freak (thanks to my father) and was fascinated with movie covers and CD covers, the colors, the forms, the story. I started to learn some programs like Photoshop and Illustrator and made some minimalistic fan art for my favorite movies, there I found my passion for graphic design at first. After that I made some designs for t-shirts and also some business cards for friends of mine, it was all really playful and I had a lot of fun working with the programs, I was never a good drawer or painter, I was more a rational geek person, but with the programs I found some freedom of creating art with technology.
Your work primarily consists of insightful abstract art that makes exceptional use of colour to draw the viewer in.
What are your inspirations? This could be artists (NFT or non-NFTs), TV shows, music, or any random thing on the internet!
I need to say, my mood is my inspiration, ok, a lot of artists will say that too, but it’s really true. I get inspired by everything around me but if my environment is actually a happy one in the moment but I am currently sad, depressed or something, so will be my art, and the opposite of course too. It can go deep in the meaning and the interesting fact about abstract art is that maybe my sad paintings can and will resonate completely differently to other viewers, it can actually be seen as a “sad” piece even if for me it’s a happy one. Other than that I normally get inspired by music, no matter what kind, sometimes I choose a playlist to play while I work, and sometimes I let it on random and, according to what comes on, I let it flow in me and see what emotions will get out from that. I like to describe the process I used or the music I listened to while working or what the piece it’s about, but in the end, I am actually the only one who can see the inspiration behind my paintings and I like it that way, it gives the freedom so each person can see it differently too.
Can you tell me about your first NFT release and how it relates to your traditional body of work?
My first release was actually a traditional painting, I kept my digital creations aside for a long time and was really focused on my physical paintings since I got a studio to work with so I wanted to use the time and space for it, and the first time I got into the NFT world I was so excited (still am of course) but I wanted to use it as a tool to promote my physical abstract art to the world, it opened a whole new door to reach people from so many countries and show them my art, the thing that wasn’t possible anymore and most of all because of the pandemic. So I made my first drop on Rarible in the beginning of March from my abstract painting “CAPRICORN MOOD” (yes I am a Capricorn so for me it was my way to say hello to this world), but I thought, ok, it can take months maybe, and kept interacting with the community, which is amazing, and got to know a LOT of people, even in my country currently, but also a collector, Aito, and I remember the night where I was on Twitter and saw a Tweet from him asking to send your unsold art and I thought “why not” and he bought it! I started to jump in the house. I was so extremely happy I couldn’t even believe it. This was such a boost on my confidence to keep showing my work and most importantly, keep working further in it too. That’s when I started to brainstorm and think what level I can bring my traditional art now, and so I began to work more with Photoshop and After Effects a lot and came with the idea that I wanted to bring my paintings “back to life” giving them some movement, interactions, etc.
What is your work process from idea to finish?
As I wrote before, my mood and my music basically take me to the level where I can create. There are days where just nothing is possible and there are others when you think you are invincible. If I want to paint or work but am feeling a little down or unmotivated I usually put on a playlist where I know all the songs and feel comfortable with it so I can just let myself go. Normally with the painting, I start a sketch with oil pastels and let my hand move as it wants. Soon there are some forms, then I start to think about the colors or fillings. The hardest part, for me at least, is the time to mix the colors. I really don’t like it. I need to say, I would love in the future to have an assistant for it. A lot of artists love it, but I am not like that (sorry world). I like to have everything set and just ready to “create”. I like to be expressive and just do it, I am a very logical person for it. But since I still need to mix all myself, I take some time to organize some colors to use and when it’s already I just take a brush and start, I paint with really heavy fluid so the colours will get mixed up on the canvas and I love that, actually mixing it on the canvas and not before, the brush will get dirty but it’s not a problem maybe from that I will make a stroke that I love, and if not, I just paint above it. I can say with 90% of my paintings I started, let it rest for a couple of days, then came back and hated it. I started all over again, and when I do that, I finish on the same day. I can say that this became almost a routine. I like to start and finish it. I work and work and work until I think it’s done. If I wait a little bit to continue some piece there is a huge chance I will change the piece completely, because I work accordingly with my mood and the emotions can change so fast from one day to another.
Cryptocurrencies and NFT have been dominating the world news for the past year thanks to the meteoric rise of Bitcoin, Cryptopunks, and of course, the famous Beeple $69M NFT purchase. What are your honest thoughts on the cryptocurrency and NFT space right now?
We are all learning it with the times. I am really new, I could say a baby to this world, but the almost 3 months I’ve been here felt like years already. Everything happens so fast it’s crazy, but I love it. I am so grateful for the community I couldn’t even put into words. I am learning more about cryptocurrencies as well so I don’t freak out when it goes down and you think you are losing so much money, it’s all part of it and I am here for the long run. NFTs opened something in my life that I couldn't even imagine achieving in such a short time, maybe in 10/15 years, but already in 2 months, it’s crazy. I think what everybody keeps saying but it’s really so true is that you have to have patience, we are really new and NFTs will change the world and I also believe that it won’t stay only with the art market but it will cover so many departments on people’s lives and I am excited to be part of it.
What are your other passions besides creating art?
Movies, definitely, I am a movie freak and still have a dream of making some abstract surrealistic movies like David Lynch or Luis Bunuel.
This is something CoinBurp asks new starters in the company as part of their Q&A interviews that get posted on the blog, but the answers are always great! What TV show or movie are you ashamed to admit you love?
Keeping up with the Kardashians, yes I know, my friends always ask “but Lisanne you have so much knowledge on good movies and series etc, why do you watch something like that?” it’s a pretty simple answer because it’s a show that transports me to a whole new world where my brain can rest. Really, it’s therapeutic for me and I normally watch before going to sleep because my brain starts to rest and I sleep like a baby.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. The CoinBurp team can’t wait to see you grow as an artist!
Post some links to where people can find your artwork and social media accounts. Also, feel free to shout out anything else you wish.
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I would like to thank first the Community that has been amazing to me and most of all to the #NFTGoddesses I love this group so much and they are all amazing artists. Also would like to thank the collectors that really believe and trust my art, that means the world for an artist.
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