It seems, except in exceptional instances (the Phone Sex Valentine), you avoid tapping into the who’s who and what’s what of pop culture. Are there pitfalls of meaning in pop, or is it all just too artificial to reference? Your thoughts…
Yeah, I don’t know, it doesn’t interest me really. I feel out of the loop with all that stuff, so it’s hard for me to involve it in anything I create because I’m not a part of it. Maybe if I were surrounded by it more it would appear somehow.
How successful have you been in giving your work exposure? Do you find that your images are compelling to a broad audience or a small community? Any hopes in the future for gallery shows?
Not really at all. I tried and I have had a couple shows in the past but they weren’t “successful” and no one really knew about them. I keep trying but I could be doing a better job I guess. I couldn’t really say who’s interested and who’s not. Some of my close friends ask questions, or respond to it, and that makes it seem to me like they’re interested. My family gets offended usually, so uh I guess people react, some people care, some people judge, and some people just sort of ignore the images. I am hoping for an upcoming show, I just applied to a couple galleries in my area, but no one has responded yet. So we will see.
Have you collaborated with anyone else? Was there any collaborative experience you greatly enjoyed? What happened?
Yeah, a couple people only so far, close friends or strangers. There was one collaboration that I really enjoyed with an ex boyfriend, we did a lot of different things. He was very talented and respected my part in it, so I felt like whatever came out of it was pure and true. We really did some beautiful things. Paintings, drawings, structural things, and video. It was solid. I also did some collaboration with Bill Porter who sometimes uses dots/circles to create these double sided, sometimes holographic images. That was fun for me because our art was so distant from each other, so I had some challenges with approaching it, but in the end I thought they turned out nice. If I’m a part of a collaborative work it’s usually a mixed media kind of thing. They can be lots of fun though because you’re merging two different perspectives. Never turn out to be what you expect usually.
What are your spiritual thoughts about the practicing of art?
There are so many ways I could answer this. For me I get in my zone, almost like an altered consciousness type deal because I’m so emerged. Its paradoxical because I am so concentrated that I become shaky and lose myself in what I am doing. I think it can be refreshing, bring you to a point of explosion, allow you to transfer things that aren’t always surfaced. I think performance art to me is by far the most spiritual thing I can relate to in the “art world”. An ex-bf introduced me to it, and honestly I think the greatest catharsis can happen with that approach. I’ve witnessed so many people performing and have completely felt every aspect of what they were doing. It’s so beautiful. I used to be friends with someone a long time ago who used to DJ and freestyle. Sometimes he would do this free form talk and start speaking in other languages. I mean he was really tapping into some crazy shit there. Any form of art that you can let go of yourself in is spiritual to me. If you can find something to lose yourself completely in, some things can form that will surprise you and allow you to experience yourself at full capacity.
Would you say there’s a central or primary purpose to your art? How do you think/feel you make that happen?
I don’t know how much purpose it has outside of myself, but the longer I continue to create things the more ideas I get that I think can be explosive to a community. I think I just need to keep pushing and see what happens from there.
What outside of art or your materials elicits inspiration?
Inspiration is silly. I don’t know how to answer this. Anything that can ignite something within me I guess you could say inspires me, and that could fall into anything and everything depending on how I’m perceiving things at that moment.