Today we’re joined by Aibne Hesarose. Aibne is a phenomenal visual artist who works mostly in traditional medium. They’re still developing their portfolio, but already demonstrate an extraordinary amount of talent. Their drawings are filled with detail and an incredible use of color. It’s clear Aibne has a very bright future ahead of them, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m still very much in a developmental phase of my work. On the one hand I want to illustrate children’s books, and on the other I want to be a tattoo artist. There’s nothing stopping me from doing both, except maybe figuring out the logistics. In a sentence: my portfolio is in the teething stage.
What inspires you?
Sometimes I’ll be watching a noisy blockbuster or an indie horror film, or walking home and it will start raining, or I’ll be on a long drive, and I’ll start getting ideas. At the moment I’m doing the drawtober challenge run by vonn.art and gawki, and that has been a great push in learning to elaborate on a prompt which is something I normally struggle with.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I have been drawing ever since I was really little, and writing too, and I have always wanted to do both. It was only really after starting my writing degree at university that I really began to appreciate how much hard work, sheer luck and entrepreneurship is required to pursue a career in a creative field. I still want to be an author/illustrator, though. Those two areas are separate for me because, as creative practices, writing and art are mutually exclusive. They each have their own process, and even when I’m drawing something relevant to my writing, it’s like working from separate parts of my brain.
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?
Because my style is still growing and changing, I haven’t really had the time to develop a signature thing. I do tend towards blending creepy or eerie characters with a calm, reassuring theme or palette, because that sort of juxtaposition interests me. I like it when things aren’t as they seem. It that adds to the visual narrative, and storytelling through art is half the fun.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Work hard. Keep working. Even when you can’t see improvement, even when you don’t feel like it, even when it isn’t immediately rewarding. Keep going.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m plain old ace cake.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve had the regular comments – you haven’t met the right person, you should see a doctor, it’s probably hormonal, you’re just frigid, you’re just trying to be label yourself, maybe you’re just closeted, maybe you were abused, maybe maybe maybe. When I think it will help, I engage the person and do my best to educate. When it’s obviously not worth the time, I tell them to keep their nose out of my business.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Probably that it’s either denial, or a manifestation of illness. Basically, that asexuality is something that needs to be fixed. In relationships earlier in life when I was still figuring myself out, I had more than one partner treat my disinterest in sex as if it were a personal betrayal of some kind. I still battle sometimes with the automatic link people draw between love and sex – for me, it is possible to be very much in love with someone and not ever want to bang them. But unfortunately, most of the people I’ve loved feel unfulfilled by that.
TL;DR: my asexuality should not be an obstacle for other people – it is simply an aspect of me, and now that I’m a self-aware adult, I hate that other people feel entitled enough to my body to get upset by it.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
There is nothing wrong with you.
The world we were raised in has an attitude to sex that is not healthy. Everything is both hypersexualized and infused with shame. Too much significance is placed on losing virginity, how people have sex, who they have sex with, and how many partners they have.
In a way, it’s a very good thing to be naturally excluded from that shit.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My writing blog is write-it-all-down.tumblr.com.
Thank you, Aibne, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.