Visual Female of the Month – September
– Alejandra Sáenz
Alejandra Sáenz is an artist and graphic designer from Venezuela. Now living in Argentina, Sáenz creates evocative drawings that incorporate the planets, dark arts and the occult. Her work is delicate, feminine and powerful, which makes her another perfect candidate for Visual Female of the Month. Enjoy the stunning art and thoughts from this talented woman below.
Now for the interview….
What is your artistic background?
I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts with Mention in Graphic Design but I currently work as freelance illustrator. My artistic abilities started when I was very young and I have developed and refined them through experimentation and experience during the years.
I love the dark aspects in your work, what attracts you to the occult and other dark arts?
My interest in dark art comes from my adolescence where I discovered the world of magic, the occult and the unknown. I am always in constant curiosity about these issues and I’ve learned things about them that helped me find my identity, so to speak.
What is your favorite thing to draw and why?
What I like most to draw is the female figure but mainly the eyes, they are really fun to draw!
What is your biggest accomplishment to date, both personal and professional?
I think the main thing for me is to be able to work as a full-time artist and make a living from my art, this is something that I really enjoy.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing?
Before dedicating 100% as an illustrator I was starting my career as a graphic designer, so I’d probably be working on that or something related to art always.
Describe your average day as a graphic designer and illustrator.
I spend most of my time in my house working for some commission or a personal project, listening to music, watching movies and TV series with my husband or reading.
If you somehow hurt your vision, would you choose to wear glasses or contacts?
Since very young I have had eye problems, so I have worn glasses most of my life. When I was a teen I began using contact lenses and for me they are the best, it is much more comfortable and you feel as if you have nothing on, they are what I prefer to use. But now also I wear glasses, although I do not really like how I look with them.
Excluding sight, what two other senses are your favourites?
Hearing and touch.
5 most pleasant things to look at:
Art, cats, old illustrated books, nature, the moon and my husband.
5 least pleasant things to look at:
My dead plants, empty bank account , spiders, animal abuse and violence.
Who is the most inspiring woman you know and why?
Siouxsie Sioux is my icon, is one of the most important voices of 80s music, I love her drama, her music, her image, her attitude, everything about her.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
What is on your bedroom walls currently?
On my bedroom walls I just have a few antique mirrors, but on my living room walls that would be classed as “my study space” I have many pictures including some of my artwork, old keys and a cork-board with several postcards with cool illustrations on them, Salvador Dalí, Lily Munster and a flower wreath.
Favourite clothing / accessory / product at the moment?
A necklace of silver with a beautiful amethyst stone in it and my leather boots.
Favourite artist at the moment:
Allen Williams blow my mind every time I see some of his works, his drawing skills are amazing.
And finally, any words of advice for people stepping into the creative sector?
Do not stop drawing/designing, it is good to be constantly creating anything. Stay inspired, find your own style and love what you do.