Interview: Emilie Tremblay

Today we’re joined by Emilie Tremblay. Em is a wonderful visual artist who is just starting out and already shows a great amount of talent. They paint and draw mostly. For painting, they draw inspiration from abstract art. Drawing is a little different: Em enjoys drawing all sorts of life, like people and plants. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and passionate artist with a bright future ahead of them. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am a visual artist. I practice mainly with the traditional media of painting and drawing. I really love abstract art and you can probably see that style influences my paintings a lot. I also love to play with colour and shapes. When it comes to drawing though I tend to be more interested in life; people, plants, architecture (especially people) I just find it all very fascinating.

What inspires you?

The world I would say. The people around me (my family and friends, even strangers on the bus), the people I see on TV (Bob Ross, Tuppence Middleton, etc.) Anything and everything I set my eyes on has the potential to be… reformed? Perhaps you could say. I just love to create. And the things that I encounter, the things that I participate in or engage with, they all stay in my mind and gather into these weird abstract ideas that can become beautifully interesting things that I just need to set to paper. It’s all very poetic I think; to have so many wonderful things and people around you that can inspire you to create something or do something that can make you so happy.

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

Honestly I can’t remember a time I wasn’t playing in paint! I’ve always liked getting dirty and splashing different colours together. It’s just something that has always been a part of me. Obviously I’ve refined the skill since I was two, but yes I’ve always wanted to be involved in the arts in some way. My mother being an artist probably also had something to do with it!

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?

Nope! Just my personality 😉

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Just do it. Practice, practice and practice some more. Do a little bit every day and just keep doing it. Never stop and never give up. I understand it can be a lot and you might not always want to or have the energy to, but if it makes you happy it can be the most wonderful thing in the world. However it is not just raw talent that is going to get you in the business! You need to refine your skills, diversify your portfolio, make connections and share your work (not all of it though because you do still want to make money and you definitely don’t want anyone to steal your work and say it’s theirs! Be careful!) Especially in this technology obsessed world, it is very important to have followers. The more you post and the more consistent you are with posting the better! But please don’t overwork yourselves. You all need to remember that the most important thing, before anything else, is to take care of yourself: mentally and physically! Take a me-day if you have to; it’s okay!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Biromantic asexual

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

I’ve only fully come to terms with my asexuality last year (2017) during my final year of high school and let me tell you that was an intense journey. I’ve also only decided I want to be a professional artist probably about six months ago? (I am the most indecisive person ever!) Saying this, however, I have encountered my fair share of ignorance (not as much prejudice thank the lord) and it has made me wary of sharing my sexuality.*I am open with myself and whoever wants to know me, I am completely comfortable with my sexuality and full of pride let that be known!* But I’m also incredibly socially awkward so I don’t particularly like to flaunt myself (if that is even the right word) Oh gosh what am I even saying anymore (sorry I ramble!) The point is yes I have encountered it in my field and yes it sucks every time but the best way to fight ignorance is with knowledge! I will be the first to say it honestly sucks having to always explain and re-explain what something is, especially when that something is so ingrained in your identity; it can be a very personal blow. Being a non-binary person as well, I am no stranger to ignorance when it comes to identity and it can honestly be so exhausting to have to constantly have a 300 page essay on hand with varied, credible sources stating that “yes, it does exist. I’m not making this up.”

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

The most common misconception is that asexual people don’t feel romantic attraction either. Yes, there are also aromantic people and yes, those are two attractions that often coexist. However, they are two different things; asexual just means that I don’t feel sexual attraction. That’s it, that’s all. Another one would be that I hate sex. Personally I am not a sexual person, nor do I think I ever will be, but I am fine talking about it and watching movies with sex scenes. But not every asexual person is the same. Again; asexual just means that I don’t feel sexual attraction.

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

Don’t rush it. And don’t fight it. Please. Life is so complicated and so difficult already, don’t force yourself to do anything you don’t want or feel comfortable doing just because it’s what everyone is saying you’re supposed to be doing. You have the best knowledge of who you are. Remember that.

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

You can like my Facebook page: artisteft, or follow me on Instagram: at eft.art! And please feel free to DM me, my inbox is always open and I would love to talk to you about art, asexuality or anything else at all!

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

Interview: Amber

Today we’re joined by Amber.  Amber is an incredibly talented photographer, who is also starting to dabble in drawing and painting.  She wrote me an incredibly thoughtful email and as I started looking at the links she sent me, I was amazed at her ability to capture the beauty of the natural world.  Her work is simply gorgeous and definitely worth checking out.  Amber has a lot of passion for photography, as you’ll soon see.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

Discovery Cranes
Discovery Cranes

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

Most of my artwork is photography, but I’ve recently started doing more drawing and painting. A lot of my work is about nature or architecture. They’re not exactly two subjects that overlap smoothly, but I get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from exploring both of them.

What inspires you?

For photography I generally get inspired by looking at other photographers photos, and my own. I always know that there’s more out there for me to capture with my camera, and I don’t have to travel across the world to find new subjects and places to photograph. I also like listening to music while working, which can help me when I get stuck on projects.

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

I’ve always been doing art, ever since I was a tiny kid. While I was High School I did get very interested in Biology and I almost went down the path of Biochemistry, but after many long talks with my mum I went to Art School. Looking back, it was definitely the best decision for me (and I would have been hopeless at Biochemistry because I am terrible at studying!)

Flower 2
Flower 2

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I don’t really have a signature, but generally my architecture photographs they are black and white, and my nature photos are in colour.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I’m sure most everything has been said at least once already, so for me what helped the most with making the transition from amateur-ish High School to more serious Art School was viewing my artwork and art practice less as my talented hobby and more like my professional job. It might seem like an obvious thing to say but when I started to take my entire art practice more seriously I became much more focused on improving my skills and finding out more about the art world.

Also, I find it difficult to just spontaneously make art, so setting yourself small challenges or mini-projects can help with getting inspired. Sketching from real life is the most useful in just getting images onto paper.

Looking Up
Looking Up

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual (sex-averse), and aromantic.

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

I wouldn’t say I have encountered asexual prejudice, but within Art School there are lots of people who explore sex, sexuality, romance, love, etc. Many people use their own personal experiences as fuel for their ideas and projects. I don’t have anything against people who explore themselves or these ideas through art, but it can feel very isolating when lots of artworks have these themes that I don’t relate to at all, while everyone else is able to connect to them on some personal level.

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

I haven’t had to deal with anything face to face, but I have heard the general phrases like, “Who doesn’t have sex?” or “We love because we are human” or “You just need to find someone to spend your life with”. I personally hear more heteronormative things about romance and love than about sexuality.

McManus Gallery
McManus Gallery

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

You are as valid as any other person out there. When you first realise that you’re not quite the same as the majority of people around it can definitely be scary, but we are not made up of just our sexuality. There are hundreds of unique things about you, and your sexuality is an important part of who you are, but its not the only thing that you are. If you are struggling with your asexuality, I hope that you can eventually feel a deep sense of contentment and pride with who you are.

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

WordPress blog: https://amberedmondart.wordpress.com/
Professinal Tumblr: http://amberedmondart.tumblr.com/
Personal Tumblr: http://aceingaround.tumblr.com/ (I mainly reblog artwork and photography)

Uni Garden 1
Uni Garden 1

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