Updated: May 5, 2021
Recently, we spoke to Lithuanian digital 3D artist, Greta Brat. Her surrealist works blur and explore the boundaries between fantasy and reality, and usher the viewer into a place of visual escapism. During our interview, she shares her reasons for making NFT artwork and how NFTs have propelled her artistic career during the last six months.
Tell us a little about yourself and what initially drew you to making art.
I’m a post-Soviet child born and raised in Lithuania. Although I was born in a free country, my country was oppressed and even enslaved for many years. Changes don't happen overnight. We needed to be healed. Much of the human condition cannot be put into words.
Art became a tool to express our feelings and communicate with the world. I always saw art as the highest form of hope. It may not be able to change the world, but it can inspire those who will.
I want to inspire people to dream about a better world, to stop for a moment and reflect their feelings.
How do you like to define your artistic style?
I call it visual escapism. My goal is to create a mental rest stop – a place for myself and others to escape into and to have hope. I’m interested in blurring and exploring the boundaries that exist between fantasy and reality. Inviting people into a place which might not exist, but one that you can believe in.
How has your style evolved through the years?
Art has always been a part of my life, but not the main activity. Before quarantine, I worked with various NGOs, youth exchange programs. But when quarantine began all these activities were closed, and I got a chance to focus on art. I started learning every day, and I’m very happy with what I accomplished so far due the fact I opened 3D software for the first time ten months ago.
What made you decide to NFT your artwork?
I learned about NFTs from artist Rhett Dashwood's YouTube channel in October 2020. I couldn’t find much information about NFTs at that time. I joined the NFT scene at the early stage. I’m very happy that I had opportunity to see how it grew up, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for it.
How do you see NFTs shaping your artistic career?
It’s pushing me forward. It gives me motivation to keep learning everyday. I’m feeling like I’m growing as an artist together with the crypto art scene. It opened the door not only for NFT art, but also for new friendships and collaborations. It’s an honour to be a part of this, where artists are recognised, celebrated and given the opportunity to create beyond their wildest dreams!
What advice would you give to artists interested in entering the world of NFTs?
Be patient. I know it’s a tough skill to master.
Build relationships with other artists and collectors.
Create your own unique style. If it inspires you as an artist, it will inspire other people as well.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while getting into NFTs?
Things like gas fees, blockchain and Ethereum were unfamiliar to me. It took some time to research. I learned a lot about cryptocurrencies, trading and investment. I am sure this knowledge will help me in the future!
Any other thoughts you want to leave with our readers?
Stay creative, share your ideas, keep the flame alive 💜
Where to find Greta Brat online.