I found digital copies of her works tucked humbly in the farther, quieter spaces of Instagram, sans the myriad obligatory hashtags. I became a fan shortly after the first double-tap.
London-based painter “Super Future Kid” was an 80s kid, and a natural born of Germany. She studied in the School of Art in Berlin, circa 2008, before finally moving to the UK-capital where she thrives until this very day. Seeing her works, on the other hand, will make you understand the aptness of her moniker. Super Future Kid’s works strike you with distinctive colors and elements reminiscent of 80s to 90s shows and popular film references. No political subtexts whatsoever, her paintings are allegories lifted straight from a kid’s ripe imagination dancing gladly and masterfully on her canvasses. Complete from a Stormtrooper wearing Care Bear shirt to Sailor Moon re-imagined with a vicariously thick moustache, her paintings are vibrant reminders that the child within us must not die. If anything, we need to listen to it a little more intently that we usually do.
Albeit a new exhibition looming, we exchanged a handful of emails about her passion, her creative process, and her thoughts on how social media helps an artist in the contemporary age.
Three words to describe your style:
Fluorescent, sticky, Play-Doh
How did you begin making art?
I have always liked painting and drawing and crafting things but I haven't really been aware of Art itself. My first real encounter with it came when I started art school. I found it very intimidating in the beginning but the more I leaned about what art can be the more it grabbed me and now I can’t imagine living without it anymore. It’s the only thing I can do and the only thing I really want to do.
Despite the contemporariness of your style and approach to art, who influenced you to become the artist that you are now? Who are the people you can consider as your artistic heroes?
Neo Rauch was the one who made me want to become a painter. It was in 2006, I think, when I saw his work on television. I was blown away by it and followed it for quite some time. By now the number of artists whose practice might have had an influence on my own work has grown increasingly, so my list of heroes is very long now!
Your art is an amalgam of whimsy and humor. At first glance, there are also tads of surrealism and playfulness. Where do you get these ideas? More importantly, are there any underlying affective messages to them? Or are they simply ‘what they are?
They are what they are, I don't like the idea of forcing messages onto people, I’d rather want them to find whatever they like in my work. Now in terms of ideas, I get them all over the place, I have an ever growing image and object collection and like playing around with it until I come up with something that I’d like to translate into an actual physical thing, which is a painting in most cases.
Do you have a certain creative process? If there is, what is it?
I suppose I have, its a very fluent one. If I work on one painting for instance I usually kinda know what I want to do next because of that. Mostly I have several ideas at once that I’d like to make and then I just make them one after the other, started with the one I think I like most. I play a lot with images and different objects, toys n things like that. Its a fun process, I enjoy it a lot!
Your works reminded me of 90s and early 2000s cartoons (Sonic, Sailor Moon) and popular movies like Star Wars and there were deliberate references to them. Usually, what are the things that drive you to create?
Yes I use a lot of references from children's cartoons, particularly from the mid/late 80s and all the way up to the late 90s. That’s practically all the things that I came across in my childhood and teenage years. I am still super fond of all of them, and I don’t really see a point of letting them go. The same goes for toys, you won’t believe how much I love toys, I keep buying them randomly, it’s so much fun just to look at them!
I found you on instagram and that is where I contacted you first. What do you think is the effect of social media to contemporary artists?
The internet has opened up so many possibilities, most of all communication. Social media are a great tool, if you find the one that works best for you then it can help you a lot to find likeminded others and most of all be found by others.
What do you think is the best part about what you do? What is the worst part?
There is no worst part, I absolutely love doing what I do. Art and Painting make more sense to me than anything else.
What is your dream project as of now?
I’d say finding a bigger and brighter studio, and being able to continue working as an artist for the rest of my life is the goal.
Lastly, what is your advice to younger artists?
Believe in yourself and in your work, don’t try to be someone you think you ought to be. What makes art so interesting is diversity. If you follow your own impulse you will end up with something that is unique. You can create your own universe if you stick with whatever you do for long enough.