Interview: Ema

Today we’re joined by Ema. Ema is a wonderful young artist who is currently studying graphic design. They love to draw and also enjoy working with unusual materials. They’re incredibly passionate, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

Right now I’m an art student studying graphic design. I also like to use unordinary materials. For example I collect candy wrappers and stuff like that to make collages. I also make bracelets and will incorporate my beading materials into my art

What inspires you?

Right now my inspiration is mostly nature and the different cartoons I watch. Cartoons inspire me because of the colors and the different art styles and watching the cartoons just gets me in the mood of creating my own artwork

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve loved drawing since I was a little. Most presents I got as a kid were art sets. As a kid I always saw art as being a hobby that I would have for my whole life. But then as it came to picking out a major for college I couldn’t really think of anything else I would be happy doing for the rest of my life. The reason I chose graphic design is it seemed like the most practical field to go into.

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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?

No but I do usually add a heart at the end of my signature

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I know most people don’t give actual art advice for this but this is always the advice I give.  Take a step back from your work. Put your work up on the wall and look at it from ten feet away. This really helps see any issues with piece that you overlook from close up. Also your darks can almost never be dark enough.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as asexual sex repulsed.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

No but I also have really done anything in my field considering I’m still in school.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That being ace makes me automatically not want sex instead of just not finding people sexually attractive. That and finding the right guy will fix that for me.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Your feelings are completely normal. And your orientation can change. You don’t need labels, but it’s normal to label yourself if you want to.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

The only place I have is my Instagram at Emabaes_art.

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Thank you, Ema, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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