Today we’re joined by Ashlyn. Ashlyn is a wonderful and versatile artist who does a bit of everything. She does quite a bit of writing but also digital art and she dabbles in music. It’s very apparent that Ashlyn is incredibly enthusiastic about art, 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 like to create in a variety of ways. For this project, writing and digital art are my main focus. I also make music.
What inspires you?
My struggles inspire me. The fact that I am still alive and breathing after going through them motivates me to defeat my demons throughout my life.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Since kindergarten I’ve had ambitions of being an artist for life. It has changed over the years but creativity is what has kept me going when I don’t feel like continuing. I find self expression in multiple forms of creativity very important.
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’m not exactly sure what this question is asking but one unique thing about my art is that mental health is another thing I am passionate about and it will show in my art.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Your work is more valuable than the world will tell you. Creative students will be whisked away from their passions and handed textbooks and told that things like your math grade is more important than your creativity, simply because of jobs and money. But without art this world would not be sane.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I have never had a sexual attraction to anyone so I identify loosely as completely asexual and possibly pan romantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Many people (even ones in the LGBT spectrum) are not aware and educated on asexuality. I have met a number of people who don’t believe that asexuality is an actual and valid orientation.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Many people feel bad for me and tell me that “one day you’ll find someone eventually” when I am indifferent and content with not having sexual attractions to people. The few people I have opened up to about my sexuality (or lack of sexuality) have interpreted it as me being lonely or desperate and in denial about finding a partner.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Asexuality is a difficult thing to identify as simply because it is defined by the lack of something which is much more difficult to prove than the presence of something. Asexuality is a wide spectrum with many variations on where you can identify. If your identity is not solid or definite that doesn’t mean you can’t take pride and confidence in it.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I have not released much of my art on many platforms since producing art consistently has been a difficulty for me. I do, however, have a Wattpad account that I just started with the handle at swercz.
Thank you, Ashlyn, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.