If you could look at your professional career from the perspective: what has given you the most fulfilment: working as an architect or creating art?
Hard to say as I’ve been an architect for the last 15 years and an artist for just over 3 years. I’m sure of one thing though – creating art gives me more freedom. I’m the only one working on a piece and the only thing I’m bound by is my imagination.
Both professions are deeply connected with creativity, yet I think there are differences. I am wondering whether it allows you to gain more perspective or context switching could be problematic.
For sure these two professions are deeply connected with creativity but as far as I see it - that’s about it when you think about similarities.
As I mentioned before, being an artist is great as you can do whatever you want. No one is telling you which material to use or what size the artwork should be. You can think of the most awkward or bizarre sculpture and if only you can construct, carve or weld it together – no one will stop you from doing that.
Working on an architectural project is quite a different story. There is always client’s brief that you need to design to, the budget you need to stay within and not least building regulations you need to adhere to…
As I tend to work on large scale projects, I always work in a team. There are two or three other architects working on the same project and the whole design team (including structural engineers, acousticians, services engineers, etc.) very often consists of more than ten people.
I know that in movies you just draw a few lines on a napkin and a few minutes later you can see your vision being built. Sadly it’s not the case in a real life.
I love being an architect and for sure I’m not giving it up – I just wanted to try something new, something that would give me more creative freedom. I love being able to choose the composition I want to develop, colours I want to use and emotions I want to convey.
Switching between art and architecture is great as these two professions complement each other so well. Art gives me the freedom that is sometimes hard to find in architecture and the architecture gives me practicality and down-to-earthiness that the art is often deprived of.
What is the most challenging part of working with paper? It is a very flexible medium, however on the other hand very prone to errors.
That’s true. I’d say that it is its fragility. On the one hand, it’s very easy to work with – you can crease it by hand, bend it, fold it or do whatever you want without using any tools. On the other hand, it’s very fragile and easy to damage. One has to be extremely careful while working with paper. Too much strength put to creasing will tear it, unintentional touch will crease it…