Interview by: Kate Beeks
Since moving to New Orleans how has your art changed & evolved?
Since moving to New Orleans this year, I think I’ve begun to see my art less as a hobby and more as something that I could actually do with my life. I’ve gotten to meet multiple working artists in the city who are actually making it in the art world, and that’s given me a lot of hope. I initially chose Tulane because of the way New Orleans just breaths art in every way, and that’s obviously made it such a fantastic place to experience.
Where do you find inspiration?
Honestly, from pain. When things make me angry or frustrated or sad, the way I can most comprehend them is to take those feelings out in art. Some of my favorite pieces I’ve done have been ways to cope with those feelings, because they have the most raw, human emotion behind them. I think that’s my favorite thing about art, all that connection. Art has gotten me through so much, and if I can look at another person’s work and feel something, then maybe my art can do that for someone else.
What artist do you most look up to?
Margaux Crump. Her art balances so delicately on feminism without presenting a harsh argument or “man hating.” She presents the most taboo matters of female sexuality in such a discrete way, finding beauty in somewhat grotesque subjects. Her themes really helped me to round out everything I wanted to study through my art as it developed; I made a lot of pieces that explored the connection of sexism to biology and psychology and religion. She also finds the most interesting ways to blur the lines between 2D and 3D art—her mediums are so creative.