Welcome to Portculture x Urban South! This is your first time showcasing your work with us. What’s something you’re looking forward to during this show?
Well, I’ve never drank beer while showing my art, so that’s going to be cool. I was also going through the instagrams of all the other artists and definitely want to meet them in person, connect, and make new art friends. I’ve been wanting to collab for a minute.
Have you participated in other art shows? If so where?
Oh yeah, I’m from Baton Rouge and hustled the most I could in college. I started in early high school with a weekly neighborhood showing, Stabbed in the art, I’ve shown in the BR City Park Gallery, I did seasonal markets in BR’s mid-city, had a booth at BR’s Queer Fest… The first show I ever did in NOLA was at a RAW event, and more recently at a yoga studio. In the process of doing all of these, I am trying to learn my clientele, and where my art fits in best.
What inspired you to come to New Orleans and sell your art?
NOLA always was my get-away from BR. I never really fit in there. I was quirky and closeted. Of course I had my friends, but frat culture and conservatism bothered me to no end. So I looked forward to the weekends or the events I would come down for, and danced and basked in weirdness that creates the culture of this city. Also, even after I did a bit of travelling, I still felt this connection to NOLA, like it’s energy was signaling to me to come, grow and flourish. When I graduated college, I go over here as fast as I could and found a job. These last four months I’ve been here have been amazing.
How did you find out about the Portculture art experience?
Hehe, that NOLA magic energy. I was invited to one before I moved here, but didn’t know what it was or who put it on. A few months later, when I have settled in, I went to Hari Krishna with a couple of friends. My friend Anna introduced me to this cool guy toting an amazing art magazine, Leeaux, and here we are! Art show connects over free Indian food, I can dig it.
Do you plan to make a living from your art?
Soo I am currently between two worlds. I am legal assistant for the state. Art is my passion, but I am also extremely interested in law. Right now, big girl job is funding art. I am working to balance the two right now, but if one over-powers the other, I’ll let it happen. Law school might be a thing. But also meeting the right people, showing in the right places, might also be a thing. We’ll see. I’m giving myself two years to figure it all out.
Where do you see yourself in the next year, literally June 23rd 2019.
Still living that good NOLA based life, with many new experiences under my belt. Hopefully I get some international travel or a few through hikes in before now and then.
What inspires you to create?
The natural world, I am not good at interpreting rigidity. I’ve painted lots of plants and animals. Sensuality. I like painting fruits. Organized chaos. Poetry, I am doing 3 paintings for a series of poems my witch friend wrote for a showing we’re doing together. Turn of phases, wordplay and concepts, I reworked a painting recently based on the Ego, and one of my first surreal paintings was “Eyelands, mouths of Rivers,” I’ll let you visualize. I also enjoy the concept of masks and I love finding interesting photos of people wearing them and recreating them into drawings, as well as religious imagery.
Do you think pop culture has a deeper influence in modern art that is being neglected unless you’re already “famous” or “known”. (Meaning do you think the trends that influence the art we see everyday isn’t digested properly unless they are already established artists?) *optional*
Oh definitely. While I can submerge myself in the artists I like and follow on social media and magazines, I find myself guilty of this when I go to museums. The first and best example I can think of was when I went to the Louvre. I didn’t go for the purpose of seeing Mona, there was a meso-American exhibit I heard about, but when I go near where she was, I felt the energy surrounding her and gravitated towards the crowd. I could only get in the proximity, I wasn’t about to fight a crowd of tourists with selfie sticks, but when I turned around I was in awe of this beautiful, enormous, fantastically detailed mural that looked like it took a life time to create. The artist was one that I have never heard of in my base level art studies, Paolo Veronese, which is quite a shame because he was obviously a master artist. I feel that the French have such a sense of humor to put this piece of art across from Mona. I suppose it was done for tourists to question their artistic sensibilities, so that they do not get caught up in the group think of trying to capture the image of a known piece, and admire an almost infinite masterwork.
What makes great art?
Hmm.. Subjectivity is the only thing shared when it comes to the consumption of art. I guess it’s utilizing the power of this subjectivity to hone in on emotions. Rothko comes to mind for me. His art constructively simplistic, yet the depth of his emotional turmoil was transferred to his canvases. This, mixed with the generation he was painting, was the formula to success, and making his art, subjectively, great.