Art as living, living as art

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Johanna Bath to tell us a little bit about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.

Your series of artworks created for The Ode To is called Reflections On Time, can you tell us why?  

– I named it Reflections On Time because my work always circles around themes like memory, transience, and the impossibility of capturing time.

What technique have you used?

– My artworks are a mixture of acrylics, oil, and spray paint.

What inspires you?

– The fact that we get to live every moment in our lives only once is enough to inspire me endlessly. Sometimes, that thought also drives me mad. There is such a bittersweet quality to life as it vanishes by the minute. Making art about all the feelings that are linked to that is my way of coping. And in the end, creating art that hopefully survives a little longer is both an attempt to pour time into painting and a way to resist the vanishing.

What other artists do you admire?

– Françoise Gilot. I adore her paintings but most importantly I adore her attitude and strong character to pursue art against all odds.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I originally studied design, focusing on illustration, and painting was just part of my education. But I have always felt the most confident and the most like myself when painting. Once I started selling pieces, I gradually transitioned into becoming an artist. Looking back, it feels like I didn't actively choose to be an artist, it evolved naturally.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Feminine, poetic, gentle.

What we love about Johanna Bath:

There’s something poetic, philosophic, and dreamlike about Johanna Bath’s art that we are simply so very drawn to.