The team at The Arthouse Collective have been following Almost Iris (Marta Oktaba) on instagram for a long time and we can’t get enough of her clean, minimal illustrations. We are excited to release her as one of our artists in our affordable contemporary art range and we absolutely love the exclusive, limited edition print she has produced especially for us. Marta’s style is minimal graphic line work, based on her own personal experiences and dreams as she believes there is a strength in trying to connect with society through personal struggle. Her work will fit in perfectly with our curated range of artworks for the launch of The Arthouse Collective.
Almost Iris’ story:
‘In my mid-twenties I went through a bit of a breakdown/rebirth. I quit my job, broke up with my partner and left the country to travel. When I retuned I was deeply unsettled with how stagnant life was. With the fear of being pulled back into my old life I applied to study Visual Arts. I was always creative but never really did anything with it. Prior to pursuing Art, I think there was a good seven years where I completely abandoned my creativity. Now I can’t fathom a life without it. I still can’t believe that I’m here doing this incredibly scary thing and taking the risk; all for my happiness.’
The Arthouse Collective x Almost Iris:
Almost Iris is an amazingly talented illustrator and creates work that are so relatable and unique, we just can’t get enough of her work! She has created such a beautiful piece for our launch collection that stays true to her minimal graphic style and we are so happy to have her as one of our artists. As the site grows, we are looking forward to adding many more of Almost Iris’s works to our collection and we can’t wait to see her series unfold.
A little Q&A with Marta:
1. What’s your name?
Marta Oktaba. However, I am currently producing work under the pseudonym Almost Iris.
2. Where are you from?
Originally from Warsaw, Poland.
3. Where are you living now?
4. What’s your favourite colour?
I’m unsure these days. Growing up it was blue but I’ve slowly transitioned into pink. I’m also pretty fond of the deep forest green that most of my plants flaunt.
5. What’s your favourite food?
Fruit. Pretty much in all its forms. Lately I’ve developed a bit of a love affair with Papaya.
9. What is your dream as an artist? What’s your ultimate goal? Your dream job?
I’m unsure if I could ever pin point one ultimate goal/dream job. As a creative my mind is continuously working. My dreams evolve endlessly. Somewhere in my bundle of goals I have a book floating around, some dream collaborations and generally having a positive impact on society.