While I crank out half cross stitches for this year's valentine, I saw this little old interview challenge from Lisa Call's blog and took a few photos of the sunshine we've been having. Cold, cold sunshine.
What medium do you prefer to work in and why?
Watercolour for its ethereal quality and inability to look ugly.
Collage and small objects because I like to touch things. My favourite paintings are the kind with thick layers of paint, dangling bits of thread and crinkled up papers. Despite watercolour's lack of big physical texture, the transparent colour still reminds me of insect wings, coloured glass and splashy puddles!
Have you always been an artist?
Everybody is, in a way. Painting is sometimes very similar to listening to a really great song. It's a strong focus on this ONE THING, and you wish everyone would just shut up and listen and love it as much as you do, and whenever it's on, your body just sways and grooves. Some of us share sketchbooks the same way we share mixtapes.
Though I've never been one to listen to a single song on repeat so I'm pretty satisfied after about an hour or so of artmaking. Seriously, my attention span is getting super terrible.
What was the moment when you first realized you are capable of creating an art career for yourself?
Me?? Technically, I think this moment was actually during a college course on art profession. It wasn't the greatest education (I walked away not quite understanding proposals), but it became really clear on how proactive art business needs to be. No one is going to "discover" me and sign me some kind of "deal". Our textbook had really practical advice and true stories of artists taking exposure into their own hands without the help of museums and galleries.
Of course, it's one thing to be capable, and quite another to be successful! Understanding is not as good as actually doing the thing.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
I wish I knew where my inspiration well is, because I find that I will want to do _____, try to the best of my ability, and when I'm finished I find myself staring at the wall again. My inspiration comes from life events and maybe passionate debates. Sometimes I just see a really cool piece of nature I want to replicate, or feel a complex emotion that translates well into metaphor. As a boring homebody (!!), my inspiration well runs dry pretty often.
What is your favorite work of art by another artist and why?
Well this is embarrassing, I don't have a definite answer to this question! I have love for lots of artwork and no single piece stands out alone. When I was in high school, I loved Stephanie Law's tarot paintings and then after that I fell in love with Miki Sato's tiny paintings with collage. Now I feel a little bit "all over the place." Here's a tiny collection of artwork I've liked.
How would you answer these questions?
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?