KAMILA KRAUS 1979, PolandPainter, photographer, singer and song-writer living in Warsaw.
"I’m striving to give back to the surroundings positive energy I got."
Eliza Chojnacka: I appreciate people who follow their passion and perceive The World through a filter of their core values.
What values help you and inspire you to create?
Kamila Kraus : Love to what I do professionally and deep affection to the World/ Universe help me create art.
Painting, taking photos, creating music also fulfill my inner, deeper needs. I don’t calculate.
I create because I respect the Universe, nature, people. I pay an homage, by doing my job the best I can while giving back what I had received -positive energy and inspiration.
E.Ch.: You’re a multi-talented artist.
How is it possible that one soul can store so many, beautiful, universes?
K.K.: I’m humbled, thank you. I’m happy to be perceived this way by you. Not sure whom do I own so many talents. Was it because the stars aligned, I got good genes, or maybe I lived my previous lives well. I can surely say that I've always been a ’seeker’. Something/ or someone was encouraging me to embrace different paths and try new things in order to express myself.
E.Ch.: How did it all start and which type of art attracted you as first?
K.K.: Painting and music. The rest is an outcome of symbiosis of sister arts - photography stem from painting, painting was in a straight line inspired by music, (you still can paint with sounds!) and the other way round.
E.Ch.: In 2010, you released your first album „Brajlem” (“Braille”). It’s a mix of jazz and classical music, enveloped in poetry.
How did you choose this style?
K.K.: I aimed at creating awareness around the blind people. Very often they are invisible for our society, although their emotional landscape and the sensitivity creates a bridge, or should I rather say web connecting us all. The title „Brajlem” is a metaphor of love, which is the alphabet of what remains ‘unseen'.
E.Ch.: Your songs use poems of Halina Poświatowska and Zbigniew Herbert.Are they your favorite Polish poets?
K.K. : At that time, when working on this album,
I found in their poems exactly those emotions and words I was looking for. Both, Poświatowska and Herbert are close to me, as the felt same way, the perceived the world in a similar manner.
E.Ch.: What happened since your debut in 2010? What are you currently working on?
K.K.: All I was dreaming of came to be: I’m working on my follow up music album, I meet creative, interesting people. I spend a lot of time painting.
E.Ch.: When looking at your paintings I feel they are full of hope. They are also very minimalistic. Do you think that minimalism is a sufficient way to convey a message?
K.K. : I appreciate your compliment. I guess if we only had minimalism may be the streets would be cleaner, calm, without the noisy advertisements, speaking to people on a sophisticated visual level only, without words. I like minimalism - but just as one of the ways of expressing the richness of life.
E.Ch.: How would you rate the Art Market in Poland?
K.K.: We have a lot of talented people who creator beautiful things: musicians, painters, but the promotion of those in Poland and also abroad is not our strongest asset. I dream that one day, maybe tomorrow, suddenly their work will flourish and find buyers, admirers.
E.Ch.: I agree with your opinion ... I thank you for this, it agreed to an interview.
2015_Kamila Kraus was interviewed by writer, journalist , blogger Eilza Chojnacka.