Today we’re joined by Emma. Emma is a phenomenal and versatile artist who hasn’t met a medium she doesn’t like. She does a lot of writing, fiction and poetry. When she’s not writing, she enjoys working with makeup. She has an enormous amount of passion for what she does and that makes for a great interview, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I dabble in many things! Fiction writing, knitting, photography, but two that stick out the most are poetry/song writing and makeup. I love smearing things on my face and becoming the art or weaving words into something that someone will love to listen to.
What inspires you?
Nature does. I love incorporating the color of the leaves into a beautiful eyeshadow look or put them into words on a page.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always had a knack for putting some words onto paper, and all the reading I did as a kit really helped with that. As for cosmetics, one day my mom gave me a bag of all her old makeup to play with, and thus my obsession started,
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?
My style generally fluctuates, it’s not consistent enough for me to have a signature style.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Write, even if you hate what you put on your face. Keep doing makeup, even if your eyeliner is uneven every time. Keep taking pictures when they’re blurry. When you finally take that perfect photo or your eyeshadow is blended to perfection, it makes all the practice worth it.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am asexual and aromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
My sexuality is something that I try to avoid talking about when it comes to art. We should focus on the art, not my sexuality.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“Isn’t that what plants do?” –An uninformed person.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
If you don’t want to, you don’t have to have a label. You can be unabashedly you and not take anything from anyone when they tell you otherwise.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Sometime before the end of 2016, I’ll have released a zine with many other amazing arospec people called “Don’t Talk to Me of Love”. It’s a collection of poetry, and our first issue focuses on aromantic themes. Also, in the next year or so, I hope to complete a few songs that I have written throughout the past year and let everyone hear them! If or when that happens, I’ll be sure to let my followers know on my main blog, short-hair- -don’t-care.
Thank you, Emma, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.