Interview with Digital Collage Artist, Tafadzwa Hove

How did you get started doing what you do?
I have always been into artwork that resembles surrealism and captures beauty within madness through colours and different media. I started making art just short of 2 years ago, in early 2014, when I decided to teach myself Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

How would you describe your creative style?
My creative style is more along digital collage work with a hint of surrealism. I take it upon myself to create art that others wouldn’t. I believe in colours and powerful imagery to portray an emotion and visual experience that resonates with those that see it.

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What’s your inspiration?
My main inspirations are Salvador Dali and James Turrell for their understating of culture and groundbreaking artwork alongside installations related to surrealism.

What is art to you?
Art to me is about expressing my views based on my life at that particular period in time through various mediums. Art is also communication. Communication with an open end, so whoever sees it can be influenced by it in their own personal way. It’s not a yes or no answer. There are no wrong answers. Art is adapted communication.

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What does your typical day look like?
In the morning, I get up and play some music whilst I get ready. I go to make some food then head back into my room to complete some artwork or unfinished proposals. During the day, I will also take the time to watch shows such as Rick and Morty, Futurama and Dexter. As it gets closer to the evening I upload any artwork I have done up to that point on to my website

How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
Depending on the mood I’m in and creative space my mind is in, it will usually take me 2-3 hours to produce artwork. However as of recent, I have been producing art in under an hour for the most part.

How do you keep motivated?
My main motivation is music and the great team of friends around me that allow me to be myself.

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How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
My surroundings greatly influence my work, the way I see it is like this, my artwork is a visual representation of what is happening around me. If I’m sitting in my garden doing artwork I have a wider range of emotions and a better outlook on life as opposed to me being inside. This drastically changes my viewpoint and artwork.

How have others reacted to your work?
When I first started I used to just upload my work to Instagram in the hopes of finding out what exactly people like. However, to my surprise, my first art piece received a lot of positive feedback. This encouraged me to create more.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
You don’t learn anything new when you’re the one talking.

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Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
For all artists out there, I encourage you all to create more, share ideas more and reach out to as many people as you can. Self-discovery is fun, let art be your form of expression and doors will open for you. Create art that has the power to feed our culture, hone your skills, constantly push yourself to new levels. Explore, pursue excellence in your work and make lots of it. Submit your work to be judged by others- earn the right to be seen and heard. Make art because you love making it, not because you expect to sell it.

Follow Tafadzwa Hove on Twitter and Instagram.

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