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by Zsolt Szemerszky

Zsolt Szemerszky

Does Monaco inspire? (Dodo Newman interview – Part 1/4)

Does Monaco inspire? (Dodo Newman interview – Part 1/4)

Five years ago the Monaco Business Society, led by Ivor Alex invited the artist Dodo Newman to Monaco’s Residents Club, the Club Residents Etrangers Monaco (CREM). Since then she has inspired many residents, International University of Monaco (IUM) MBA students as well she has created multiple artworks for the Princely family. She was also the person who predicted already in 2013 the birth of the royal children, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.

Looking back to the past we approached Ms Newman to understand how Monaco inspired and formed her and what those experiences are that she took with her from the Principality of Monaco.

Princess Charlene and Dodo Newman

Letter from HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco to Dodo Newman (Photo: Courtesy of Dodo Newman)

1., In 2012 you held an inspiring speech at Monaco’s residents club the CREM, in 2013 you made a lecture for the IUM MBA luxury students and you also donated a special wedding memorabilia to Monaco’s Princely Family. However since then you live in Berlin, Germany. What has happened with you since you left Monaco?

Since that period I have had huge transformations, blessings in various forms and on many levels in my life. One of my favourite quote from Marcel Proust would describe the best way this time of my journey:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes”.

During this period of transformation I began to see in new light all areas that were important for me, myself, my art, my dreams, my relationships to other people, to money and success.

Life has gifted me with a child, a girl who was born with love. She is my creation and my teacher too, I learned to give unconditionally through her.

I also went through a very difficult, life turning phase with lots of dark moments, struggles, seemingly impossible obstacles, challenges. I remained alone as a woman and left without any type of support with my daughter. As an artist I had to figure out how to give, spiritually and materially, to myself and to my child.

I used this dark phase to dig into my Soul and to face my biggest fears in order to transform and renew myself and through it to find back again to my heart, which is my art and my dreams.

You see when you are in the dark you have to first work together with it. The effort and work with it is the light in itself that guides you out from the darkness. And this is what happened to me to. I had a strong faith in my highest Self and knew deep inside I was destined to be much more valuable, to bring wonders and other dreams to people.

I received the greatest blessings, gifts, revelations, awakening points in this dark period from which new art, new relationships, new dreams, new doors opened up.

I am now in the renewal phase of the journey, ready for the new to enter my life.

Out of the Box Innovation book

Out of the Box Innovation book by Dodo Newman

2., During your lectures you stated that art and business, art and luxury should go hand in hand. Do you still believe that art can inspire business?

Art is life itself, it is the creative energy that is realised in the form of music, painting, literature, films, etc. Creativity is not limited solely to art, it relates to an essential way of thinking, visionalizing, problem solving in all areas of life, such as in business as well.

In business, just as in other fields of life the ways to find solutions to challenges, the way of including new ideas, new visions and going about to make them real is art in itself, it involves also the imagination. It takes a different mind set, one that is open to the new, the different, the unusual, the one that does not limit itself to the ordinary, average things and ways of bringing forth new processes, paths, products, solutions.

I believe the future of any field in life, including that of business too will include more of such thinking, creative state of being for the reason of transforming, renewing stale, worn-out patterns. Just think of the way businesses are developing in their structural forms with innovative structures such as Virgin Galactic, Google, etc. Think also about the products that are being developed, more and more including original, artistic elements, designs, aiming to bring an artistic touch into people’s lives.

Art, which is not only about a painting, rather a way of approaching and realising aims, will be more and more taught also in schools all around the world. Not only are science, technology, mathematics important, learning in a straight line, according to structured and defined themes. The future children will be given the freedom to make use of their creative mind-set, which will support them later on no matter what fields they will choose to work and live in.

Innovation in any field is art itself, no wonder we call anything “the art of …”. It takes time but also courage to build something new from nothing. In business, just like in art, when the intention is to bring about new solutions to problems, challenges, to create new products, services for the betterment, it takes time and openness to create and make these happen.

As weird it may sound but I truly believe that when one creates art is in the same state of being, mind-set as when one develops new things in business or in other fields too. An artist is a creator and we all have that Creator in us.

3., What makes someone become an artist?

I believe an artist does not become one but rather is born one with a special and privileged gift. It is a calling, a mission which no matter which part or phase in life it appears, it eventually shows up in a strong and driving way.

In my life, even though I was gifted with creativity and lots of passion to all that is art, I was given a big “No” signal towards it by my environment, and in particular by my father. I found my way towards it notwithstanding the continuous and further “No”s. There were many points when seemingly everything was against all I have been striving for, however even in these phases, circumstances I kept on believing and knowing this is my path.

Every child is born a natural artist with huge potential for creativity, imagination.
This creativity might stay with different degrees within each and every one if us as we grow up throughout the years.

What makes an artist stand out is that art becomes a part of his or her life in every sense. It becomes part of how he or she makes a living from it, how he or she lives, how he or she balances it with other parts of life eg. family, children, friends, peers, daily routines, health, etc.

Art becomes the artist’s main purpose of life around which all other elements of life and desires gravitate.

I believe there is a difference between someone who has artistic, creative desires as a pass time activity or hobby and someone for whom it becomes a life time dedication, pursuance of self realization through it. This last one is what really makes one an artist.

I always say that I do not create art, I express my Soul, my dreams, my visions, my beliefs and hopes with love through art.

The interview continues, check out the part II: My daughter is beautiful, just like an artwork!

If you are interested to own an original artwork by Dodo Newman please visit her website or Instagram site.

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Zsolt Szemerszky is an independent Monaco Advocate & Revenue Specialist with 10 years experience in the Principality of Monaco. As an author of multiple books on Monaco, Zsolt is guiding new residents through the relocation process. He also helps businesses to navigate on Monaco's "water" and to create revenue productive strategies in order to capitalise their highest potentials.

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