Today we’re joined by Alex. Alex is a wonderful artist who is a bit of a jack of all trades. He does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. He also does crafts and enjoys knitting and crochet, particularly long scarves. When he’s not doing crafts or visual art, Alex also makes music and can play the ukulele. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist who enjoys what he does. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I use my art to create things I think the world is missing, whether it’s music, or extra-large scarves, or just a painting. My art is my outlet, it’s diverse and powerful (even when it’s just for me) and it enables me to express myself.
What inspires you?
The ability to create, to bring something into this world that causes emotion. When I knit or crochet I am, more often than not, creating a gift to give to someone else. When I play my ukulele I hope that someone listening can feel the emotions of the music. I am inspired by the ability to make something that was once missing from the world.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I had a friend in elementary school who inspired me to create comics. They were just stick figures, but I had so much fun coming up with jokes and stories, that even when I stopped creating comics I continued to draw.
At the same time, my family has always been very musical and so, when my nana let me play her ukulele I decided I wanted have one too.
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?
Ah, no haha, I’m too inconsistent to do something that clever.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
At times it may seem tough, but art is an outlet, it doesn’t matter if you think it’s good if you enjoy it. What matters is if you feel good while creating whatever it is you are making. Improvement will come with practice, for now, just enjoy the ride.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as asexual and do not use the split attraction model (SAM).
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m rather isolated, and I do not bring up my asexuality unless it is with people I trust, so as of current, I have not experienced any prejudice from my fellow artists.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That asexual means you don’t like sex. Which is false, different people have different views on sex and just because I experience so sexual attraction does not mean that I have no libido or interest. But like I said, it’s different for everyone.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
If you decide one that that you are not ace, that’s OK. If you live your whole life never subscribing to a label, that’s OK. What matters is your comfort and that others respect you. I thought I was a lesbian when I was younger because if I didn’t like guys I must have to like girls then right? But I allowed myself space to grow and now I know I am trans and asexual. There is always room to grow and explore, so don’t feel stuck with one label.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My music is available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLHiHayKl58aLduLbGJShFw
And my art can be found here: Lukassskywalker.tumblr.com/tagged/my+art
And I have some things posted on RedBubble :D: https://www.redbubble.com/people/slothguard?asc=u.
Thank you, Alex, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.