How would you describe your aesthetic?
Aesthetic is such a funny word to describe how I express myself, so I consider my style to be 70's grandma with a 90's frazzled teenager twist.
Are there any other artists whose work you take inspiration in?
I take a lot of inspiration from Gordon Matta-Clark, Mimi Goese, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Fairfield Porter and Laurie Anderson at the moment. I'm generally drawn to extraordinarily emotional people with fascinating backstories.
I am going to pee my pants with excitement because my FIRST BOOK came out today that I've been writing for the last five years! All artwork and binding and are also done by me. I never thought that a dream like this would come true. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible and for reading my stories and encouraging me to paint pages with my emotions. For a limited time you can buy it from the link in bio but I will keep you posted on bookstores / if don't have money but want to read it I would love to send you a copy. I love you.
How do you prepare for new projects you involve in?
All of my work centres around emotional experiences that I go through or have witnessed the people around me go through so I try and do a lot of research by looking at old sketchbooks and journals to remember how I was feeling during a specific time in my life. Sometimes it's a long process but with my writing work, I'm extremely impulsive so when I feel something I just write it down and don't ever question it.
Thankful and grateful for my strong, smart, talented, incredible friends and support group for making these dark times a little more bearable. We will rise up from this moment and become stronger than we were before. Also a big thank you to Leonard Cohen for making me feel understood and like I had some sort of little place on this earth. Let us all hug each other and show how much love we are surrounded by. Kill them with kindness and never stop questioning everything!!!
What kind of link is important between language and viewing medias?
I'm sort of unsure how to answer this but I think that it's important to remember that social media is only a very small aspect of a persons life so to me, it's important to be as true to your actual self as you can be.
Fun fact: I get stomach ulcers when I'm stressed and run around the house with no clothes on making up nonsense words and scream about nothing until I fall asleep which isn't actually falling asleep it's me laying in bed for hours thinking about grilled cheese and how there's prob a monster under my bed.
How has being from Miami has influenced your work?
It's funny because I feel like whenever I tell anyone I'm from Miami they are really surprised because I guess I don't seem like I'm from there. I had a really difficult time growing up and keeping friends and trying to figure out who I am. Now that I'm older, I've realized that I get a lot of influence from specific parts of Miami like Art Deco architecture, The Highway Men and this incredibly talented artist that I know named Naomi Fisher.
HEY YOU!! I made a new book of watercolor paintings called The History of Heartbreak (As I See It.) after experiencing a fair amount of failures I decided to illustrate that into a book of over 80 new works starting from The Big Bang and leading into the future of how heartbreak affects us all, for all the emotional shawties out there, you are not alone. Purchase it from the link in my bio or hmu for upcoming fairs and bookstore info.
What is a message behind your Art?
I think one of the main messages behind my art is to try and show people that it's okay to be emotional and expressive. If you're feeling a certain way, I think it's always best to express that and not keep it bottled up. I have always been able to get over things in a healthier way by creating artwork around them. If I have the power to express myself through art, I'm always going to do it in the most honest and real way that I know.
Images courtesy of Jo Rosenthal
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