When did you know a career in the art world was for you?
I drew a lot growing up, especially in high school, so I decided to take Drawing 101 as an elective in college. When the semester was over, I just couldn’t stay away from the art studio. I found my voice there. Once I began to show my work, that voice joined a larger conversation. Making artwork began to feel so much bigger than the painting itself – this is when I knew I needed to pursue it.
Tell us about the mediums you choose to work with and why?
I love this question. Although my background is in drawing and painting, I can’t help but explore other mediums when a project calls for it. Drawing and painting, for me, is an act of meditation, simplicity, and balance. When an idea needs presence and mindfulness, I typically steer towards performance. I work in sound and video for an ethereal gesture.
I understand my work best when I am in conversation with other creatives, which often leads to learning new skills. So although I feel most at home when I’m drawing or painting, it’s important for me to step away from what’s familiar and cozy.
Can you take us through your process and concept for this show?
Prism began as a study on color. I’ve spent the majority of the last year completely stuck on the color blue. At one point I was commissioned to paint with another color and it honestly made me nervous. So I decided to challenge myself by working through the colors of the rainbow. I started to pay more attention to a hanging prism I have next to my drawing table. Every hour or so, a rainbow spreads across a different corner in my studio and it feels like magic every time. I can’t help but take it as a reminder that this is all magic.
How do you deal with creative blocks in your work?
There are a couple different types of creative blocks for me – one in which I’m just not making anything, and another in which I don’t know what’s next. The creative block where I’m simply not producing work is not as scary as it used to be. I feel like that’s just part of this cyclical process. Perhaps it’s time to rest. Or time to learn something new.
The moments when I don’t know what’s next usually means it’s time to play. Play for me is through conversations and community. It’s spending time outside to feel connecting to something larger. It’s walking through the library without a mission, or reading poetry, or people watching. This kind of time is my research and when I’m turned on in this way, it’s hard to stay blocked for too long.
What would your advice be for someone trying to be successful in a creative career?
I’m really terrible at giving advice. My general advice would be to be kind to yourself. This is a difficult career path, but it’s often not one that you chose. It’s something that calls to you. If this is your calling, you’re most capable if you put in the work to be your best self.
What is your favorite part about being an artist in Atlanta?
There is such a generous, curious, and gracious community of artists in this city. I feel fortunate every day to have such a beautiful chosen family in the brilliant and ever-inspiring artists who make a life here.
How would you spend a perfect day?
I’m an early riser, so my perfect day would start before the sun. My morning ritual would consist of yoga, coffee, breakfast and porch time. The peak of my creative energy is later in the morning, so a perfect day would be art making until lunch. All the food for lunch is from my local farmer and cooked with all the spices. A doughnut is probably involved. I’ll get back to work and finish up whatever creative stroke of genius I started in the morning and spend some time outside next. For dinner I would have all my favorite people over for a potluck and wine until it was time to do it all over again. Just kidding - sleep. I love sleep. They would all be gone by 10pm.