Today we’re joined by Andrew Aspen. Andrew is a wonderfully talented artist who works both in the visual arts and in writing. He’s a poet and songwriter as well as a digital artist. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art has been such a big part of my life for years, and though I find a tricky fiend in motivation and inspiration, I create things near constantly.
What inspires you?
People. Unique stories, unique faces, the human mind is so complex and so beautiful. Sometimes a story gets a hold on your heart and you have the need to do it justice in some way.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’m not sure anything inspired me, I’ve been drawing since before I can remember. Art is definitely my biggest passion, however.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Stars! So many stars.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Create constantly. Whatever medium you have around you, whatever you can make your art with, use it as often as possible. It doesn’t matter how “bad” something you create may be, you can turn it into something beautiful, you can grow off of everything you create.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as gray-asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t experienced much aside from general ignorance, and I get a lot of questions due to my creation of art with sexual themes. Lots of “If you’re asexual, why do you draw stuff like this?” type-questions. I usually respond politely with an explanation (i.e. “Asexuality is a lack of sexual attraction, and doesn’t affect my ability to create whatever I’d like”)
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I commonly find that people have no idea what it really means. We’re not plants, we can still reproduce if we chose to. Asexuals are just as diverse as any other sexuality. We’re human too.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Trust yourself. Your happiness, your identity, is so important. If anyone says you do not exist, or that you’re faking it for attention, you do not need to listen to those people. You are important, and you are not alone.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you so much, Andrew, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.