VENICE, Italy – (June 26, 2013) – What’s the connection between rebel artist, Damien Hirst, famous for his skulls and installations of sharks in formaldehyde, and Suzy Kellems Dominik, publisher and collector of couture? Both are committed mentors of the younger generation, whether in art, fashion or new media.
Kellems Dominik, founder and publisher of the online magazine, Of Wit & Will, charmed her way into front row access at the Future Generation Art Prize ceremony at La Biennale di Venezia on June 1. Among the attendees was Damien Hirst, one of the biggest names in contemporary art, who served as mentor artist.
According to Hirst, one of the richest artists in the world, the story of his success can serve as an inspiration to young artists. “I started off as a young artist, and I didn’t have any success for awhile. I can’t believe where I’ve gotten to. I’m an example of ‘if you believe, then you can get high’” he said.
Kellems Dominik’s interest in the Future Generations Art Prize and her chance to interview Hirst are representative of her philosophy about shepherding younger generations and her commitment in all of her endeavors to art, culture and fashion. In 2012 she served as a mentor to the contestants of the Elite Model Look competition in Shanghai, and she is currently engaged in mentoring young artists in the San Francisco Bay area.
“There are no road maps for success in fields like art and fashion,” she said. “That’s why it’s important to have someone like Damien Hirst providing guidance for these young artists. He knows it is essential for young artists to believe in themselves, which is considerably easier when someone of his stature expresses his belief in them.”
Kellems Dominik’s extensive editorial coverage of the Venice Biennale started at the opening of the new Louis Vuitton cultural space and will continue through the summer on bloggerintheballroom.com and YouTube.