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Katrina Jurjans, our last offering, acrylic on canvas, 2017

Katrina Jurjans, our last offering, acrylic on canvas, 2017

The moments when you are truly able to take all the immaterial emotions inside of you and transform them into something physical – that process is really incredible. 

Name

Katrina Jurjans

Profession

Artist

Website

katrinajurjans.com

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Katrina Jurjans

Who are you? What do you do?

I am an artist, who has been predominantly expressing my ideas through the medium of paint.

Where are you from?

Toronto, Canada

Your style in 3 words?

repetition, intimacy, tears 

Your weakness? Your strength?

Fear / strong work ethic 

Katrina Jurjans, reach and recoil (the last attempt), acrylic on canvas, 30x40, 2017

Katrina Jurjans, reach and recoil (the last attempt), acrylic on canvas, 30×40, 2017

What makes you different?

Hmm.. as a painter, my ability to tap into emotions and pair heavy feeling and thoughts with bright colours and patterns.

When did you decide to become an artist?

I don’t think there was one single moment, I feel more comfortable calling myself an artist as I feel more confident in my work. 

What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?

The moments when you are truly able to take all the immaterial emotions inside of you and transform them into something physical – that process is really incredible. 

Katrina Jurjans, I came here to forgive myself (the journey has been long), acrylic on canvas, 40x60, 2017

Katrina Jurjans, I came here to forgive myself (the journey has been long), acrylic on canvas, 40×60, 2017

A few words about your favourite creation?

Its process involved lots of crying 

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Joan Miró’s Blue I, II, III – showed me the emotional power of colour

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

Narratives are extremely important in my work, that is why the way I title my paintings means a lot to me. I want to further explore the relationship between the visual and written.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

Balancing everything else in life 

Katrina Jurjans, you leave my body (and I am perfectly empty), acrylic on canvas, 36x48, 2017

Katrina Jurjans, you leave my body (and I am perfectly empty), acrylic on canvas, 36×48, 2017 

2018: Where are we going?

Infinitely outwards and onwards in every direction 

When the going gets tough…

Ride it out (it will be okay) 

Your city’s favourite spots?

I’m really enjoying my studio space and the coffee shop down the street (Bottle rocket) has some great coffee and the best croissants in the city. Wallflower (bar) is really nice and being close to Kensington Market for groceries is great. 

Do you have a vision?

Yes, I am not exactly sure what form it will take, but it is happening. 

Tell us about your future plans…

I will always continue to paint, but also want to explore different mediums to express the core ideas and feelings that drive my work. More writing for sure.  

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

Hmmm that’s difficult… it changes with my mood but „colors and the kids“ by Cat Power will always hold a spot in my heart. 

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