Inspiration
Photo by Marie Staggat-Bazile

We meet Isis-Maria, our latest artist from Berlin

We serve you colors, inspiration and dreams from an atelier

May 19, 2022

How are you?

I’m actually pretty good. When I became a mom my priorities slowly started to shift. I eventually realized that in oder to be a good mom, I had to be my most authentic self and that’s what I’ve been searching and living and I’m happier than ever.

Tell us about your art!
My art is inspired by my everyday life, in our flat, in Berlin or on vacation. I want to capture the little moments of happiness, emphasize the colorful chaos and create moments of escapism.

How did you start your artistic journey?
My parents are very creative and interested in art and they taught us from when we were kids. I studied fashion design and worked in different fields of fashion and marketing. When I became a mom I started painting again, using my sons nap times for something productive yet recreational. For the first time I focused on enjoying the process and painting just for the joy of it, not necessarily for the end result.

Isis in her atelier

What is most important to you in your creative process?
For me it’s most important to not overthink. My creative process is still all about enjoying what I do and painting what comes to my mind. If I feel stuck and don’t know how to proceed, I sit down and crochet and let my mind wander until I feel inspired again. Creating is my form of meditation - my mental vacation.

What is your biggest source of inspiration, do you have a role model?I really admire Denise Rudolf Frank and her usage of colors and texture. Also the works of Nadia Jaber and Galina Munroe have been really inspiring to me lately.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Calm caring and ambitious

What do you dream about?
I dream about sunny blue skied days. There is not much that instantly lifts my mood like the sun being out, especially when you have a two year old and have to go out no matter what hahah. But like in greater scale I dream about being able to make a living just from Art, be it paintings, sculptures or other fun creative projects.

“And tbh I am happiest when I can be in bed by nine and just sleep. But I hope that changes once spring is here haha....”

Describe a perfect day for you.
A perfect day would have at least 4 more hours of daylight. It would start with coffee and making breakfast for my son. I love those relaxed yet energetic mornings with my little family. The day would continue with meeting my mom friends on the playground and eating a Sofi Käsebrot and then painting while my son sleeps. In the afternoon we would take our bikes and go to a museum with friends, drink coffee on the playground and stop by Buchhandlung König on the way home. For dinner my sister would come over and we would get Quesadillas and Fish Tacos from W Imbiss. And tbh I am happiest when I can be in bed by nine and just sleep. But I hope that changes once spring is here haha...

What would be your dream project?
My dream project would be working on something with my boyfriend - combining all skills and interests we have, from painting to screen printing, crochet and pottery, rug tufting and 3D printing, writing stories and animations, photography and music. I guess we would pick one theme and start from there, just exploring everything we can imagine.

Tell us about your home?
We moved in in august 2020 when our son was 6 months old. It’s classic Berliner Altbau with high ceilings and creaking wooden floors. We chose to make the biggest room our work space since my boyfriend and I have too many interests and hobbies. Our son doesn’t have his own room, so the living room is as much his space as it is ours. There is space for his books and boxes with toys in the USM Haller shelf and he has his little chair to sit at the couch table. We have always been into colors and love living in an uplifting and sunny interior. Especially spending a lot of time at home in dark berlin winter it’s even more important to have a space that gives you energy.

What do you love about Berlin?
Living in Berlin for more than 8 years now, I often take Berlin for granted, but it’s a pretty special city. I’m very happy to have found my people and call it my home. I love my creative and open minded friends. I love good coffee and croissants. I love the pretty streets and parks and playgrounds and I love the amazing restaurants and art galleries.