1. When did you first start getting serious about art?
I've always been interested in different versions of the arts. I performed dance for several years, did some fashion design through grade school and got into performing plays and musicals alongside my photography. More recently I've been getting into drawing and sketching.
2. What would you say is your genre or style?
I think I have more of a provoking style, I try to make people think or bring out certain emotions or memories with my work and try to connect with the viewer better.
3. Do you hope to have a career in art one day? If so, any particular area?
I do hope to have a career in art one day, most likely acting with photography as a sideline job.
4. What inspires you the most to create your art?
I think that life and nature inspire me. A lot of my photography is of movement or nature to capture a moment in time with artistic style and form.
5. What artists or creative people do you look up to?
I look up to Ariana Grande a lot. She puts her heart into her work and always does her job to the best of her ability. She also really enjoys helping others which is something I'd love to do if I had more free time.
6. Do you have any direct experience with bullying?
I have plenty of direct experience with bullying. I remember being bullied ever since the first grade and now, in grade eleven, it still happens to me. I know it doesn't get easier to take, but it almost becomes a way of living and something you grow to expect out of people when you've had as much experience being the victim as I have.
7. Do you think art can change behaviour and cultural norms?
I think art can be a starting point for changing behaviour and cultural norms. If the artist can provoke a reaction, emotion or sympathy from their viewer it'll leave them thinking. Thinking about the work will lead to the viewer changing their way of living to suit how they feel after seeing the work and it can have a big impact when it's spread around.
1) When did you first start getting serious about art?
when I was around 13-14 I became serious about my art, I always want my art to be pleased to others because I want to be the one with the art that people talked about or people wanted. I am very proud about every art piece I create.
2) What would you say is your genre or style?
I would say the genre or style of my art is unknown because I like my art to be abstract, animal related, I want it to include a memory I have experienced or to have a message of sort to inspire.
3) Do you hope to have a career in art one day? If so, any particular area?
My career choice is in no means to be a pro artist, for my career I want to be an architect technician because it includes some of my favourite things, drawing, being creative, making a difference with my ideas and working hard to please myself.
4) What inspires you the most to create your art?
the way people act, good or bad, will inspire me most with my abstract art. Any amazing memory I have I will try to include in some of my art. Most importantly I try to include an important message in my art work from things like, be strong, be happy, be yourself, don't listen to others, stop bullying and you can make a difference, because it's all true and some people just need to hear it.
5) What artists or creative people do you look up to?
a creative and amazing artist/person that I look up to for inspiration is Kat Von D, she is a well know tattoo artist in LA and she doesn't care what others think, she is more the 100% confident in herself and I want to be someone like that, her art is out of this world.
6) Do you have any direct experience with bullying?I don't like to totally talk about many things like that because I feel it's all just opinions, but I have been bullied because people thought I was stupid, a liar, weird and annoying. I have been pushed to the ground, talked about, in-salted, and embarrassed but I stand right back up with my head held high and I smile on my face and move on, because in the end they are just wanting someone to pick on, wether it's me or someone else I'm still the better person because I know how to move on and be mature.
7) Do you think art can change behaviour and cultural norms?
I think art is a way to express your feelings and emotions, some people use it to vent their feelings or find peace and calmness with themselves and I think it can change the behaviour of many people because they can open up about things and change who they are personally and religiously.
When did you first start getting serious about art?
Never. Hahaha. I've never taken art too seriously. For me, making art is just another way to create culture, but so are things like talking to people, going for walks, or choosing an outfit. I make art, but I don't consider myself an artist any more than any other person; we're all artists, in the same way that we're all art. I think that the divide between artists and non-artist is bogus. Give any kid a crayon and he'll go nuts with it; it's just a matter of carrying that curiosity, creativity, and vulnerability into later parts of your life. But to answer more pragmatically, my interest in producing and sharing started to blossom in early 2010, thanks in part to an invitation to ArtTimeCollective, an online community started by some great folks.
What would you say is your genre or style?
I definitely get asked that a lot when people find out I make art, and I never have a good answer. My art ranges from dark to cheerful, and from science-oriented to psychedelic. I have a love for words, so my first posts were poems, but I soon discovered the fun world of collages. But I've also delved into making jewellery, making felted objects, sketching, painting, and just fooling around with whatever I get my hands on. There's not really anything I can say to sum up my art, but anyone that's interested can feel free to check it out here:http://arttimecollective.com/author/kaleidoscopeflux/
Do you hope to have a career in art one day? If so, any particular area?
Yes and no. I plan on making my living from a diversity of different projects. I can see selling prints or books of poems in my future, but it's not something I'm banking on. I make art because I like making art, or because I have the urge to express myself in a certain way. The thought of devoting my life to art and making my living from it doesn't really appeal to me, but I'd be interested to see if my art would sell. I wouldn't be opposed to making my art accessible by selling it at a low cost. That being said, most of my uploads are scanner-resolution, so anyone that wanted could print them off themselves. I like it that way, but my buddies say my files are taking up too much space :P
What inspires you the most to create your art?
Oh, jeez. Hahaha. So many things. Sometimes, it's the medium I work with; other times, it's a message I feel like putting out there. I find I'm at my most productive when a lot of new things are happening in my life. New experiences are crucial for self-development, as our constructed realities fall short of the real thing. Look at the messages of Taoism, Buddhism, linguistic relativity: we understand the world through categories which are far from perfect; such is the human condition. Altering our mental states by traveling, camping, walking around new parts of the city, meditating, experimenting, and so on, are all ways to bring novelty into our lives and break up some of the tired categories we live by. I end up making art out of necessity, in order to process ideas I've encountered in life and to reconstruct some of these categories; it plays a huge role in making sense of a world that's equal parts beautiful and horrifying.
What artists or creative people do you look up to?
The first one that came to mind was Norval Morrisseau, for his vibrant use of colour and the abstract simplicity of his works. I was really into MC Escher's work when I was younger. Recently, I discovered Walter Coucill's watercolours, and I've been really digging those. And of course, I'm always happy to see a new post from my friends on ArtTimeCollective. I'm pretty diverse in my tastes, and I don't like to pick favourites of anything. I enjoy fine art and graffiti alike; I try to be open-minded, but have little patience for pretentiousness.
Do you have any direct experience with bullying?
I'd be very surprised to meet someone who doesn't. I think we've all been bullied at some point, and are willing to admit to that fairly easily, even if we're not keen to go into any detail. I think it's harder for people to recognize that they've also been on the other end, doing the bullying as well. We're not born with the complete knowledge of how to navigate social situations; we've all been unfair to other people at some point in our lives. That's no justification for bullying people; it's the opposite. I think that if we try to understand what drives us to bully one another, we'll learn a lot. We're very quick to point people out as bullies, and then take remedial action against them. I worry that the anti-bullying movement is easily converted to an "us vs. them" mentality, which is ironically the very essence of bullying.
Do you think art can change behaviour and cultural norms?
Absolutely; ideas can be immensely powerful.
Selina Jane Eckersall is a content marketing strategist, freelance writer and entrepreneur living and working in Burlington ON. Selina is the Executive Director of No Vacancy.