Today we’re joined by Void. Void is a versatile artist, but her first love is poetry. She’s got the passion of a writer and she also dabbles in painting. Aside from that, she maintains a YouTube channel. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a writer mostly; I work with poetry as my main type. I also maintain a YouTube channel along with painting. I really want to find a way to combine these mediums into something great. My writing and art is mainly eldritch because I’m tired of creepy things not getting love they deserve.
What inspires you?
My inspiration will come from completely random places; I mostly get ideas when I am alone in a dark room, in a state between consciousness and sleep. That sharpness of late night when things are both fuzzy and clear is normally where I find my thoughts. I have to be alone and I can’t have any unnatural sound in order to get ideas. That sounds extremely cliché; an artist in isolation walking around at night but it’s true and kind of funny. Lately I have been in such a creative rut that I have been taking prompts on my blog.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been in love with art, my teacher in kindergarten would show us Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Of course, I clung to Van Gogh, so he’s kind of been everlasting in my life. I always would draw as often as I could as a child and I never wanted to be an academic, but I could never take art classes in school because I am a learning disabled student who was forced into certain classes. Because of this I grew an attachment toward poetry, I could write in class while pretending to work and not have the teacher know. My mother always believed I had a gift with words so I stuck with what I knew. I wish I could work more on my painting but with school and work it is almost impossible to have time.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I always try to include something purple or something from the night. Usually I work with making galaxies and night sky paintings so it isn’t that hard. If I don’t I include this small star like signature in the painting, I think it makes it look like magic.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t stop. Ever. This will just make it harder for you when you begin to create again. I have had periods where I would stop for years at a time, start again, and have my work be crap. It is difficult to create in everyday life, but if you even doodle in your notebook like I do it’ll help. I also recommend keeping a small notebook with you at all times to write down ideas and what not. And if you get an idea while you are half asleep and you think “I’ll remember it in the morning” write it down. You will not remember in the morning and you will hate yourself. Not saying that has happened to me or anything but you know I’ve heard it is a thing… I recommend keeping eyeliner by your bed or in your bag, it easily writes on skin so you can save your ideas and it washes off a lot easier than sharpie. Also this didn’t happen to me either, I didn’t spend weeks with a gengar doodle on my wrist and had to hide it, no not at all…
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I probably am more on the sex-repulsed side but I have never been in a situation where I have had to know for sure. I am hetero-romantic. Probably.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
In the field no, I try to keep my orientation out of my work and school in case someone decides to act rash. I don’t hide it, but it is not a major part of what I do. I am ace and that is part of me, an important part of me, but it normally doesn’t help or hinder what I do. I have the hardest time writing love poetry though. I luckily have not gotten any hatred or threats from the online community, but I’m kind of scared I will.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we can’t love. It is true that aromantic asexuals exist but it is not all of us. I’m not out to my family, when I tried to tell my sister that I thought I might be she responded with “no you aren’t you’ve had crushes before,”. I can only imagine the misconceptions my old fashion, conservative parents will have. I try to avoid those kind of issues.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It is not a big deal if you don’t know your orientations. I still don’t know everything about my orientations and I am 19. My advice is to just not think about it, overthinking will kill you. It is totally fine to find someone attractive, that doesn’t mean you are attracted them. Fall for whom you fall for and let the pieces rest where they fall. Life is not black and white, there are shades of everything.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Voidvoyance.tumblr.com under the tagged “mine”
Thank you, Void, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.