Emotional catharsis through lines and colors: An interview with Sunrosera

The 29 years old artist Anna Doskl-Roman, known as Sunrosera, shared with us her intimate relationship with art, the language she had created through abstract expressionism, geometric shapes, lines, and hues, and her visual transcription of the emotional act of living.  

When and how did you discover your love for art? 

“I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, but mostly in lines. It shaped my thinking that all life is art.”

– Sunrosera

Honestly, I don’t remember my life without the love for art, but I remember my first introduction to it. I was four or five years old; my mother took me to the theater to see the ballet for the first time, it was Swan Lake. 

I still think I remember those feelings. I was mesmerized by the stage and marveled, it looked like magic to me. This was the beginning of my entrance into the world of the arts.   

Photo by Sunrosera

Tell us about those aspects of your life and cultural background that make you and your work unique. 

It is a long topic of conversation because different phases in my life have influenced different parts of me and my creative journey, but the main ones are parenting and the death of a loved one. 

From my childhood I was used to seeing classical literature of the 18th and 19th centuries in my father’s hands; it was his passion and it made me curious to know what was so beautiful about these books if he read them every day. Later I began to read the same books and compose poems.

My mother watched ballet and figure skating with admiration. She took great care of my interests, and we went to the theater, museums, and galleries almost every month. I saw the beauty in it and I loved being a part of it.   

Then, when I was 13, someone close to me died and it broke me. I felt only anger and aggression, and I couldn’t take that loss, or talk to people about it. Then I found a way out for myself through art. I listened to music all the time and wrote lyrics and poems about my pain, about my anger, about my grief. Art allowed me to live out my feelings and emotions.  

After that I decided I wanted my work to be about art; I wanted to create the same space for other people as well, for their emotions and feelings, and to give us a better understanding of ourselves, to reflect and make new choices in life.  

Photo by Sunrosera

“I was interested in how color affects the human psyche and creates feelings. This shaped my new attitude towards art. My art found an idea.”

– Sunrosera

Initially, I did not want to go to art school as a kid because I was against restrictions in my creativity, but in 2016 I started to study academic art to learn the basic rules of drawing and painting.  

It was a wonderful creative experience that taught me to look at my paintings differently; I began to analyze my sketches more deeply, to think more about the interaction of color and composition. 

What does your work aim to say?  

In my artwork, the main accent is color as a representation of feelings, and emotions that are formed in our mind, independently of our desire, through symbolism and peculiarities of the psyche. Color is a natural extension of our thinking in all areas of our lives and we can use it to our advantage to create the desired emotional state.  

Who are your biggest influences, and whose techniques do you study or admire? 

I grew up on classical art and the Russian avant-garde, but no artist in my life inspired me to paint. Doing painting was as natural to me as reading a book. I got my experience through mistakes on my first canvases.  

After I formed my vision of painting, I found my favorite artist, Wassily Kandinsky, and Mark Rothko. I admire their works and I am close to their artistic views.  

Photo by Katja Firssowa

How have you developed your career? Any exhibitions you can tell us about? 

I was not interested in exhibitions before because it was more important for me to get the necessary education to create my ideas. It was important for me to understand what I wanted to say through my Artwork and how I wanted to say it.  

I started working as an artist in 2015, and at the same time, I continued my art studies. I plan to exhibit starting in 2022.  

Which current art trends are you following? 

“For the last three years I worked in the direction of abstract expressionism, I was interested in the emphasis on color.”

– Sunrosera

I don’t have a goal of following trends, but I am interested in my creative development of creating an idea, so I look at what is going on in the world of art now, admire and reflect on it.  

What are your biggest challenges as an artist? 

I think it will be what is ahead of me right now when I send my portfolio to college, it is going to be really stressful for me.  

At the moment, I remember most vividly, my first day at Art School. The teacher just sat me at the easel and told me to paint a still life in watercolor without explaining anything to me. I didn’t have any knowledge of academic art, so I painted as I saw it and hoped I would not get expelled from art school.  

My drawing was approved, although it was flawed, at least in watercolor technique, and after that my theoretical and practical training began. 

Basically, I treat everything as an experience and a lack of knowledge, as a reference point for what I need to learn. It’s all just a matter of time and a desire to keep creating.  

Photo by Sunrosera

Tell us about your current work 

I am currently working on my art project called „Alles hat Linien“. This artwork will aim to show that everything around us has lines. We all love lines, even if we don’t realize it, but some lines make us tense as well and my work will show that.

Faithful to herself and the path she chose, Sunrosera lives fully through her art, the non-suppression of her emotions, and the appreciation of how fragile life can be. Through her artwork, she has built a personal and deep connection between expressive brushstrokes of color and the reaction of the human psyche to it. Each of her creations features a delightful assortment of geometric shapes, symbolism, and a limitless color reference.