As you may have noticed, I like to keep an eye out for up-and-coming artists. I guess it's partly because I often think about the people who bought the work of David Bromley, Martine Emdur or Joshua Yeldham when it was still affordable. And I'm thinking: who will be next! But it's also because I greatly admire artists who struggle through the hard years until they establish a name for themselves... and even those that don't. To pursue a passion for art's sake is truly admirable. Miranda Skoczek is one of those people. And she's definitely one to watch.
Which five words best describe you? Passionate, Neurotic, Romantic, Compassionate, Free-Spirited.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? Did a short stint as a "checkout chick" then went into hospitality and retail throughout my days as a "professional student". And now here I am (eight years of study later) practising my art!
What’s your proudest achievement? I expect that time will come when I have a couple/few bambinos. Maybe the fact that I have chosen to follow a path that won't necessarily make me rich (monetarily) but that fulfils me, and allows me to do what I love doing!!!
What’s been your best decision? Making it my priority of the last ten or more years to see this incredible world we live in. Travel and engaging with different cultures has had a profound impact on me as a person, and it feeds my creativity like nothing else does.
Who inspires you? My family, my friends, other creatives, the entire history of visual culture, kind and selfless people. Generally people who follow their dreams and desires, those who make a difference.
What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about beauty - beauty in all of it's manifestations. Family, friends, food, music, laughter, travel, following your heart, colour, colour, colour, nature, life!!
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? I'm trying (very hard) to learn that happiness doesn't come from spending all of my money on material and immaterial things (joking, sort of). Seriously, it would have to be the lessons my parents taught me from a young age - to be kind to others. Simple really.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? It's a toss up between Frida Kahlo and Mahatma Gandhi.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To live in New York in a loft in the West Village, making my art, with my family and friends around me. To be more patient, and learn how to time manage.
What are you reading? Due to lack of time management, I always have several partly read books/essays/magazines beside my bed. At the moment, some of them are The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, A History of Interior Design by John Pile, Art World and The World of Interiors.
images courtesy of miranda skoczek