Dabbling in many creative crafts, SUPERPAO talks to RAW about her work. You can view her projects at the next showcase in Los Angeles at Elevate Lounge on Thursday, August 12th!
Tell us about yourself?
I'm a perfectionist, an artist, a freelance graphic designer, a candle-making enthusiast, and a social butterfly when I choose to be. Picking graphic design over fine arts in freshman year because the department head said the career path of an artist is most likely a curator, my path was changed entirely. Now I realize I can be both.
How did you first get started making art?
I suppose I've been making art ever since I can remember. Since I have a short attention span, I always created through various mediums that interested me at the moment, whether it be graphic design, jewelry making, candle-making and or any other crafty endeavors. I've recently just in the past year and a half started making art in the more "conventional" sense through paintings and sculpture.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
My work mostly occurs in three of my favorite colors: pink, black and white. Strong lines, geometry, drama and high contrasts is what I'm drawn to. When my art is mimicking an actual object, I get obsessively precise with the minute details. I also love textures and shiny things which sometimes makes an appearance in my work.
From where do you draw inspiration for your work?
I draw inspiration from the things I love, the things I hate and the feelings I feel. Sometimes these things are expressed best through art, because words cant describe them completely and words cant always describe art completely.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the concept and the process of creation - that all it takes is a single idea for the art to manifest itself, and that's crazy to me. I love using unconventional mediums or techniques, going for it, and have it turning out better than I've ever expected. I love the connection I have as an artist with the audience viewing my art, even if we've never met.
Do you engage in, or draw inspiration from, any other forms of art?
I draw a lot of inspiration from advertisement and package design. My other crafts also inspire my art, as sometimes my candle themes appear in my art pieces.
From start to finish, explain your process; what does a typical art-making day look like for you?
Usually the process will start on a work-night with me noticing my unfinished projects. Amidst my mess of a studio apartment and feeling like I'm not doing enough at that moment, I will basically plop down too closely front of my tele and just start painting. I like to work on multiple projects at any given time because I love the process of development and each piece evolving itself. The night usually ends with me too exhausted, 2am in the morning, arms, legs, clothes and, often times, furniture speckled in paint. Art is more fun when it gets messy!
Medium of choice?
LOTS! acrylic paint, clay, glue, varnish, wax.
Are there any artists or art movements, past or present, that strongly inform and influence your work?
Some artist I find inspiration from include Roy Liechtenstein, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Murakami. Also love the work of Marion Bantjes who does amazing typography work.
Any previous exhibitions/collaborations that you are particularly proud of?
Some of the sculptural pieces shown are from a previous series of shows called SENSES. I'm particularly proud of these, because they were from when I first started dabbling in shows, and realizing that I do have something to offer.
Any accomplishments/goals you hope to achieve as an artist in the future?
I hope to do a giant series of Beer Munnies in the near future. I also have multiple web/art projects in the works.
Why showcase at RAW?
RAW seems like a great blend of art and the mainstream. It’s real people showing real work. Too often, I think art can get a bit prestigious and wrapped up in itself while neglecting certain audiences. I love the collaboration and love that’s so evident from RAW.
Favorite thing to do outside of your craft?
Sleeping! (because there is never enough time for it)