Welcome to the third instalment of our nine part artist interview series showcasing the creative talent behind our new paper pounds. Are you coming to our launch party?
So far we’ve read inspiring interviews with Emma Burleigh and Kesdraws, and now we’re pleased to present Marta Zubieta, who entered her piece “Bristol Creatures” into the art and culture category of our competition earlier this year.
How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
I am a Bristol based creative – I do illustration, graphic design, fine arts and music, I have been working on graphics my whole life and I love to create alternative universes with lots of characters.
Why did you enter the competition to design a Bristol Pound?
A friend of mine (Macarena) saw the open call and told me to try it, she really believes in my art so I followed her advice. I saw it as a great opportunity to collaborate with the community and share my art with Bristol. I regularly volunteer with Ujima Radio with some of my designs and it always makes me very proud to see my artwork out there.
“Bristol Creatures” – winning design by Marta Zubieta
What’s the story behind the image you created?
My submission is a combination of Bristol icons and emblems. It is called “Bristol Creatures”, and I have included in it emblematic icons, new and old ones, of our city. You can find an SS Great Britain with the LGBT flag, a confused Goram hunting balloons and the Bristol Bear (Stokes Croft icon) skating with a ‘We love Bristol’ message in a flag. It gather the feelings of the city.
What artists inspire you?
I am inspired by sci-fi movies, street artists like Kaws, music like Colombian chicha and cumbia, South American illustration artists like Paula Duro and pop surrealist artists like Todd Schorr or Mark Ryden.
I am inspired by the sci-fi movies, street artists like Kaws, music like Colombian chicha and cumbia, southamerican illustration artists like Paula Duro and pop surrealist fine artists like Todd Schorr or Mark Rayden.
How has Bristol inspired your work?
Bristol has made me become more creative and experimental. I was quite focused on impressionist fine art before I started living here but through collaborating with music collectives such as Worm Disco Club and musicians like Panther Panther my style just exploded full of colour and content.
What are your artistic career highlights so far?
To win the Bristol Pound is one of them, also to be part of Upfest 2018, something I am very proud of. As an illustrator I had my first solo exhibition in May at Glitch (Old Market) and am starting to sell my prints in galleries like ItsAll2Much (Stokes Croft). Everybody has been so supportive since I started and I couldn’t be happier. At the moment I am studying for a masters degree in UWE Bristol, and I am enjoying trying new techniques and nurturing my style.
What are your aims for the future?
I would like to get more knowledge in conceptual art, animation, graphic novels and muralism, and collaborate with more incredible creators in the UK.
Where can we find you online?
Thank you Marta!