Six Questions With … Laura Deljanin
Question One: How did you get into art? What did you set out to do in the art world?
LD: I got started like every little kid drawing with crayons. It started in first grade [laughs]. From there I went to CCS and Henry Ford. I started in Graphic Design and I did that for a while. I remember one of my counselors was like, “What do you want to do?” and I said, “I want to be a commercial artist.” His face got kind of mad. He was like, “No, you don’t want to worry about selling the artwork, you should just worry about the artwork.”
Question Two: Who do you look to as a hero in the art world or someone you have learned a lot from?
LD: The people that are masters or that are people to watch are not dead or in a textbook. They are alive.
Question Three: So, don’t look up to the Dalis and Warhols of the world?
LD: No … I mean, that’s what got me started in art. I’m just saying a lot of people that should be watched are not ghosts. They are with us right now. Instead of buying old stuff, why not buy something local from a local artist.
Question Four: Explain your style of painting and graphic design …
LD: When I do my artwork I keep it very technical and precise. I’m old school where if you didn’t know to draw … that was part of graphic design. I always knew how to draw and paint I just never got rid of. I’m doing a lot of drawing and painting right now. A lot of painting.
Question Five: What inspires you right now to wake up and work on your art everyday?
LD: My son, right now, is my biggest inspiration. He’s five and half. He’ll tell you five and seven/twelfths. The whole fact that you ask him, “What does mommy do?” and he says, “My mommy is an artist.”
Question Six: How did you end up deciding to become an artist full time? Why did you want to put shows on and help others out?
LD: I was with a group and it was just kind of like an art social club and I was like, “This is stupid. I need to be doing this myself.” I started doing the PR all myself and everything by myself. Now, it’s a year later and I’m doing two shows a month. When I do these shows … I do everything … It’s the fact that I just want perfection. I want to be like an inspiration to kids in art school and then I want to keep the vets on their toes.
Laura Deljanin • 4/18 • Octane Gallery