What is your name?
• Do you have a website/online portfolio?
• Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist?
I have a minor in fine arts, but I’m mostly a self- taught artist. I began to draw and paint seriously around 10 years old. Art wasn’t encouraged in my family, so I discovered mediums and artists almost by accident, usually by watching television.
• What is the style of your pieces?
My most recent pieces are mixed media collages. Frankly, I always hated collages!
I really hated it when my art teachers in middle school made us cut magazines to compose some kind of image. That process did not make sense to me whatsoever!
Those glossy, sleek magazines pages felt boring to touch and watch.
I just wanted to use the paintbrush in large strokes of Colors, not paste paper!
In 2015 I worked as an art teacher with very young children and I began to make paper quilts mixing wall paper with their messy work.
I discovered a love for texture, grain, and old cracked walls.
I would create the sky by painting paper with different hues of blue, then rip it into stripes and combining the pieces to create a sky.
Still today the juxtaposition of hues and textures enthralls me.
I love layers. They seem to disguise secrets, magic portals and I love the effect that decay has on things, the way it mutates them chemically.
Toward the end of 2018 I created a piece for a friend which showed two women surrounded by papers of different texture and colors.
The process felt really good and so that was it!
Somehow I began to create art work and slowly my curiosity for objects and 3D material began.
• What is the medium in which you work?
I use tempera, watercolor, acrylic, plaster and all kinds of objects. I love recycles. I love the idea of taking an old useless object and rebirth it.
• What started you on your path as an artist?
My parents did not promote artistic expression, so my very first inspirations came from watching television. Variety shows, glittery dancers and films where my portals to art.
However I loved to create things, explore and draw.
I went to kindergarten only for two months, but I remember that my teacher prepared a few art activities that I still remember.
• What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life?
Art brought the freedom of self expression into my life. I became liberated and I believe that this is the most important aspect of creating art.
I paint, assemble things and ideas just because. I don’t have to follow rules, I don’t have to please anyone. I can just let my consciousness do the work without judgment.
I believe this is why art is so therapeutic. It allows us to forget everything and just explore ourselves and be in the moment.
• What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in?
I love films. Visual arts and films go side by side for me. they feed into each other and inspire one another. When I feel uninspired or tired I switch mediums, reset my creativity and find a renew enthusiasm.
• Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like?
I had a bunch of group shows which I have to be honest were quite boring, but I had 1 in the NYC Lower East Side titled that “A universal Heart” that included performance art, drag queens and light design.
I’m actually in the process of creating my first solo show. Lighting effects, installation and projections will be included.
• Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in?
I just use regular cheap clothes that I don’t have to worry about. When I make art my place becomes a chaotic mess!
• What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist?
The most frustrating part of being an artist has been to reconcile the idea of success, money with the freedom to be an artist. I came to the conclusion that success, money and freedoms to create don’t go together. The one you choose comes at the price of the other twos.
If the idea of being a successful artist means to sell art, you need to begin to treat your art as a product to sell, and not as a medium for self expression. Marketing and advertising become very important. Sometimes too important.
• What is your favorite sandwich of all time?
Have you ever seen “Spanglish”? My favorite sandwich is in that film and it’s called “The best sandwich in the world”. Delicious!
• Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they?
This year has began with my residency at the New Women Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
I’m learning to understand how to market my art and how to promote myself through various social media platforms. My work has become more politically conscious and I’m very excited I can finally express meaning beyond forms.
• Who is your favorite artist alive or dead?
One of my favorite artist is Caravaggio for his masterful technique and for his very controversial and powerful reinterpretations of the Godspell stories.
Another artist that really affected me is Picasso and his blue Period.
The very first time I understood the power of art was at a Blue Period exhibit in Venice Italy. Words were not needed to describe those pieces. The medium and the message were universally clear. His art transcended all language and cultural barriers.
Another artist I admire for the same reaSon why I admire Picasso is Barbara Kruger. Her collages are so powerful and politically charged. Her art is another example where no explanations are necessary to get the message across.
And at last one of my fav is Marc Chagall. Just because his work is dreamy. Like beautiful happy dreams.
• What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person?
The Old Guitarist by Picasso
• Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work?
Unfortunately I can’t keep any pets in my building. NY Rules.
• Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us?
I’m working on a show in Brooklyn in collaboration with New Women Space. We’re still working on the date. It will be a show focused on women and cultural assimilation and appropriation.