Art: an audience with Dashenka Prochazka

Whether she’s starring in a video in a pink Lycra suit that covers her entire body, or just creating beautiful illustrations, the Czech-born, Sydney-based artist’s work is arresting. And that’s putting it mildly. She regularly collaborates with Volcom, and is about to show her work at a joint party with them in London, so we thought it time for a catch up…

Illustrations by: Dashenka Prochazka
Interview by: Sam Haddad

How long have you been creating art?
Art is a power. Art is a definitive. Art is an honor. Art is magic.
Art is communication. Art is manifestation. Art is a river equals evolution…

Some of your work is beautifully dark, where does your inspiration come from?
Up doesn’t exist without down. No right without left, or wrong. No beauty without darkness. It’s magnifying. There needs to be two poles to create friction, and the opposite interests me. Ying and yang. Attraction. Contradiction.

What, if anything, do you try to achieve with your art?
To inspire the mind to watch itself unfolding, to experience itself experiencing and reinventing itself.

Do you ever suffer from artist’s block?
When I was lazy, but the more you do the more inspired you get. I’d love to have a holiday and get my head to stop creating craziness. I’d love to close my eyes for weeks and stop getting inspired by all the magic on the earth. Sometimes I want to hide in a cave for years, hibernating, before ‘killing’ for my passion again.

Where is your favourite place in the world?
The place between life and death.

What does the future hold?
The future is in the making now, so right now I’m in Bali eating vanilla ice cream from a silver spoon that my boyfriend is holding. Today we’re just chilling in Tulamben before our second dive where we’ll check out the ‘US Liberty’ a military ship that sank in 1963, and is slowly getting eaten by colourful corals. So I belief the future holds love and sweetness, as well as the death of a marine crew, as the ship was bombed in World War II. But it’s turned into millions of colours and given Nemo a big smile on its face.

Do you remember the moment when you fell in love with surfing?
I was obsessed with the TV show Flipper even though I’d never seen the ocean, and from an early age I dreamed of living with dolphins, so when I finally put my toe into the liquid paradise I never wanted to leave again. I grew up in Switzerland and started to surf the frozen ocean that lies 2000m above sea level as a teenager.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Create as if you were a child.

Check out Dashenka’s gallery (above right) and click here and here for videos of the artist in action!

For more info on Dashenka visit; for info on Volcom visit


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