Instagram: @_osowa Behance: www.behance.net/inesfmota
1. What's your story? Where are you from?My name is Inês Mota and I was born in Lisbon, Portugal. I am currently working in Advertising at Havas Portugal as an Art Director.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.It´s a mixed techniques. I like to combine both handcraft and digital techniques in my work, so I consider my aesthetics as very experimental. In my project Osôwa is exactly where I have the freedom to play with photography, montage and image manipulation.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?I can’t say that I have one. I love to experiment and to learn new techniques. I really enjoy mixing different techniques to different materials and them take them to various softwares.
4. What is your artistic process like?I spend a lot of time researching. When I have an ideia I immediately start gathering resources and mentally working on how I’m going to display the objects. At home, I improvised a small studio that I use to photograph my pieces. I try to work as little as possible all the images in post-production.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?Everything is an inspiration, from a famous designer to a co-worker, a surrealist painter, a stranger, a city or even an orange. I believe everything can be an inspiration, even those moments when you think “Why haven’t I thought of that?” can be inspiring.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?I strongly believe that creativity feeds the world. It’s almost a parallel universe where everything is made possible and can be achieved. One great ideia can change the world.
7. Where did you study?I studied Communication Design in the Faculdade de Belas Artes of University of Lisbon. I did an Erasmus in Poland, Lódz, in Akademia Sztuk Pieknych where I studied Graphic Design and where a new world of experimental printing techniques opened up to me.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?I will probably still be in an agency but what I would really love was to be working in a smaller studio, doing a more crafted and experimental work. I’m open to all possibilities.
9. What about in ten?Regardless of what I’ll be doing, I just hope it makes me happy.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I know I’m a bit naive and dreamer sometimes but I like to think that through creativity and the power of communication I will make the world a better place.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I just love lasanha, whats not to love? I might incarnated Garfield who knows…
12. Favourite book?I’m not a reader but I can say that The Diary of Anne Frank was a book that striked me because its true story, but mainly because I read it when traveling through Amsterdam, Berlin and Auschwitz.
13. Favourite genre of music?I don’t have a favourite genre of music. I listen to what appeals to my senses.
14. What are your hobbies?I have my own brand, SO SO, where I handcraft and sell headbands (you may find it in facebook.com/soso.created). In my spear time I volunteer in Animalife, an association that helps animals. Whenever I get more free time I love to travel and meet new cultures, habits and traditional flavours from different regions. I also love to go to the movies.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?Maybe I would act, I’m not sure. I certainly wouldn’t feel as fulfilled. I don't like to do the same thing repeatedly, it makes everything less interesting. With creativity I am able to create new things from new ideas everyday. I can even like the frustration of a day when I am short on ideas, because, in the end, the feeling of accomplishment on the other days is even greater. Having a good idea is something hard but I see that making having it more fun.