Today we’re joined by Lemur. Lemur is a wonderful visual artist who specializes in illustrations with a narrative element. Their work is fascinating and has a touch of the surreal to it. It’s clear that Lemur is a very dedicated artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My art is a bit all over the place in terms of medium, content and purpose…most of the time I’m an illustrator! Everything I make tends to have a narrative element. It is easier for me to make something when I can picture its place in a story/see its context extending from it.
What inspires you?
Whatever catches my attention! Objects that demand explanations or suggest some secret life, environments that feel like empty film sets, in medias res conversations, people whose futures/histories I have to imagine because I don’t get the chance to talk to them….
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I always wanted to be either a zoologist or a volcanologist, but I was also easily bored and prone to doodling.
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?
Well! My (real) last name is Hamburger (seriously), so sometimes I’ll draw a little hamburger instead of writing it out.
…this doesn’t go over so well when I’m filling out legal documents.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Anything and everything can be used to make art! Work can surpass the materials used in its creation. Be open to criticism, but let your own beliefs walk beside you; your opinion should neither be elevated to god-status nor relegated to the role of no-nothing kid sidekick. Make what you want to make, not what you think you ought to be making.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Not exactly sure! Probably somewhere between romantic asexual and grey-A.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t encountered prejudice as much as I have sheer disbelief that asexuality even exists. There are also occasionally people who are offended by what they perceive as a general rejection of sex overall, as though my personal disinterest in sex were a puritanical condemnation of whatever everyone else is choosing to do with their bits. In these cases I usually compare sex to beer/hard liquor: I’m not a fan, but that doesn’t mean I’m trying to bring back prohibition.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it can’t possibly exist, that it is always caused by some past trauma.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
NO SHAME! Really though. Although it may not always feel this way, there are loads of people like you out there, and a few might be willing to chat.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I’ve been trying to get better at using Instagram for art: https://www.instagram.com/lemurhamburger/
Thank you, Lemur, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.