Shakti sitting next to one of her recent paintings "El Bosque"
"On the road of mastering techniques, befriending mediums and experimenting with different tools, I see my work as a reflection of myself and my aim to gain self-awareness.
There is a lot I take inspiration from: nature, music, inner thoughts, experiences… anything that affects me and I can make mine. That diversity of inspiration leads me to always trying to stay open to new ways of representing a subject in canvas or paper.
My work grows with me.
The subjects of each body of work may vary depending on what I am seeking to explore in each moment. I find myself looking at how the light shines through the leaves in a special way, or noticing how the lyrics of a song suddenly resonate with how I am feeling, or simply letting a certain tool speak for itself, in order to start a conversation.
I think a lot about being my most true version every time I paint.
I like it when the brush strokes or the tools leave a mark that can be interpreted afterwards as the movement that was done with the body or the hand. That’s very expressive and honest, in my opinion.
When I feel I want to control everything too much, I close my eyes and let my intuition put the marks on the canvas. The judgement-free, fearless part of me takes place and uses my body to create."
Shakti Gómez has been drawing and painting forever. Art has always been part of her. She comes from an illustration and character design background, but she has recently started to follow a path that she doesn't want to go back from.
Shakti studied arts in the University of the Basque Country in Leioa, Biscay, and from there she left her art to the side and made a Master’s Degree on teaching, and she worked as a teacher for a few years while she kept drawing just for herself on the side.
She never did art professionally until in 2017 she moved to Japan with the intention of being a teacher there, but she was brought into a community of online artists who introduced her to her first job as a character designer for a video game. She stayed in Japan for almost a year and then decided to go back to her hometown in the Basque Country. There, she kept her teacher job alongside her character designer job.
Eventually, she quit her teaching job and decided to go with her creative job full time.
In 2020, the year when Covid-19 struck, she started an art mentorship with a renamed Spanish artist Claudia Sahuquillo, where she started to create nature themed illustrations and selling them online. However, months after the pandemic, at the beginning of 2021, her aim for growth and to create something that comes truly from her core, shook her artistic drive, and that is how she started experimenting with abstraction.
She started with a few paints she had and some gessoed boards, and started painting on them, letting her hand free and using new tools to paint.
Shortly after that, she decided to start a mentorship program that is currently ongoing with the renamed abstract expressionist Ty Nathan Clark, to further her art career and to strengthen her path into her abstract self-expression.
With this new path that she finds more exciting each day, Shakti regained her passion for Art History, and she is deeply inspired by women artists such as Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner.
To this day, Shakti keeps pushing forward with her paintings as they gradually grow with her, and she is currently applying to various art residencies and group shows in galleries.