Interview: Tatiana

Today we’re joined by Tatiana. Tatiana is a phenomenally talented photographer from Uruguay. She is currently working on her thesis to graduate from the Visual Arts University. Tatiana has taken part in exhibitions and experimented in various types of photography. Her work is remarkably beautiful, showing an amazing vividness and capturing the beauty and uniqueness of life. She’s a remarkably talented artist with an incredibly bright future, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m a photographer, simple as that. I love going out on a cloudy day to capture pictures but I also love experimenting, I’ve tried pinhole photography, black and while film photography, color film photography, lab processing in the traditional and in the experimental way, digital photography (of course) and now I’m developing an interest in conservation and in color management. Many times people ask me why don’t I try to do graphic design or filmmaking but I think photography is broad and interesting enough for me.

What inspires you?

I think mostly light and nature. Photography IS light, is amazing how you can start to understand the light and to not take it for granted, light is an extremely cheeky thing but when you got to work well with it you can create amazing things.

To explain how nature influences my work in a few words is difficult; I grew up surrounded by nature, rocky beaches and a beautiful botanical park around the corner.

I think modern society is so humanist and so stressed by the pressure of productivity that we forget that we ARE nature and that we should give time to ourselves to just enjoy the silence and realize that we are the same as a flower or a snail.

I also found so much inspiration in the concepts of “mono no aware”, “wabi sabi” and in the work of Claude Monet, Duane Michals, Banana Yoshimoto & Piet Mondrian but I don’t want to write a Bible so please look it up if you are interested.

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

Until I was 14 I wanted to be a marine biologist, I grew up watching Discovery documentaries and as I mentioned, I visited every year a beautiful beach where I would pick different types of algae to “investigate it” hahaha. One day I started to hear that I wouldn’t go too far studying biology and that I would end up enclosed in a lab 24/7. After that I wanted to study publicity as my sister but I started a free photography workshop and I got completely hooked, I left the class the first day and I though “I want to do this for the rest of my life”.

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?

Mmm, I tend to jump from one style to the other, having grainy black and white pictures one day to have something minimalistic and pastel the other but I think that something that’s always present is geometry, I love working with lines and seeing how the weight of the composition changes as I change the angle or distance to my object. Heavy diagonal lines and semi circles are frequently present in my compositions; I tend to follow the rule of thirds a lot.

Talking about things that are NOT frequent in my works it would be people, I can’t for the life of me photograph people, I mean I’ve done it and will do it again if I have to but I really dislike it, I’m a very awkward and introverted person so I really don’t feel comfortable having to guide someone and praying that they have patience while I do my work.

Also conceptually I like to show how many things that AREN’T portraits can be photographed, in my class 7/10 people were solely dedicated to portraits and half of them concentrating in sensuality and sexuality. One day this idea struck me “in the times of the vanguards, sex was taboo so the artists depicted sex, now introspection and empathy is taboo so I’ll depict introspection and empathy, the art world fights for who’s more original and daring and scandalous, I’ll protest in a silent way, I’ll show a garden without humans”.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Take your time figuring out what you want to do, read and investigate a lot about art, even if you encounter artists and styles or techniques you don’t like, having perspective is crucial not only to be an artist but also to be a human being.

Try to talk to people and create contacts and networks, I’m not saying this in a manipulative way, is just something that I realized now as time went by, having friends in the field creates a network where information flow and you help each other, eventually creating chances of expanding the influence of your work. Most of my college years I spent them on my own but when I opened up to my classmates and teacher I got a big caudal of information and opportunities I could not have had otherwise.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Heteroromantic Ace.

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

Well to be honest I’m not publicly out. My country is open about LGTB+ in some areas but in other ones different sexualities are still questioned and asexuality is still invisible here.

I tried to come out to friends and some college classmates but I wasn’t specific enough and they just took it as I was being shy or embarrassed.

In college being ace in the closet was actually bothersome since so many of our classes talked about sex and showed oversexualised artists and pieces (at some point I got tired of seeing Nobuyoshi Araki pictures in the lessons). I’m all about expressing our sexualities freely and with no prejudices but day after day seeing sexual pieces and hearing teaches saying my work was not daring enough, was not bold enough really made me tired.

Good lord I remember we were assigned to attend a “performance party” where we had to go dressed as some artist we were randomly given, I didn’t go because I was afraid of what I could see. Said and done, one of my friends told me that someone appeared naked covered in dulce de leche with cookies attached to their whole body and another person went also naked with a lettuce covering their crotch….

Outside of college, high school went smoothly as I wasn’t pressured by my friends to have sex (bless them, my best friends are really sexual but never pressured or made fun of me) and I didn’t even realized I wasn’t your typical straight until my 20’s.

In my family I have low-key been telling them that yes, I want a boyfriend but I don’t have any urges to have sex anytime soon and I’m suspecting they think I’m lesbian but well is not like being lesbian is a bad thing so until they actually realize I’m ace and while they’re not being hostile I’m fine.

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

That ace people don’t know what sex is or that we’re kind of alien/robots who don’t understand human emotions, I make sexual jokes, I know what’s sex between any gender looks like I’m not afraid of sex or losing my virginity, it’s just like filmmaking for me, I know what’s the deal I’m just not interested.

Also that ace people have HSDD or that we must have experienced trauma… Hear me out, the only romantic experience I had was a success and the dude respected my decision to not have any kind of sex, I have never been in a sexually traumatic situation and honestly the aces that indeed have been in traumatic experiences have all the right to still feel ace, if on the contrary they wanted to regain their sexual desire and being ace was a problem, then of course they could seek help for that, but if you found an identity and you’re comfortable with it there’s nothing wrong in that!

Every behavior is all right until it hurts someone, while you’re not hurting yourself or others then you do you.

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

Take your time, no one’s rushing you. This is a personal decision and you don’t even have to make it, if you feel like you don’t need a label then don’t use any, if you find yourself more assured with one then slowly think about yourself, experiment, talk with close friends, search for a community and learn. Also if one day your feelings change don’t feel guilty with the community or yourself, sexuality is fluid and we should not feel pressured to maintain a label if we no longer feel comfortable with it.

Also don’t feel pressured to come out, as I said before I haven’t come out explicitly to many of my loved ones and I gathered a huge amount of courage to do this and expose myself as ace, coming out is your personal decision and you should do it, IF or WHEN you want to and feel safe to do so.

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

This is the social media where you can find my works, you may find thing on IG that aren’t on FB and vice versa. Sorry if my English was wonky, it’s not my first language and thank you for reading until the end!!

FB: facebook.com/HanaFotografia
IG: instagram.com/tatiana.g_ph.

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

Interview: Sara

Today we’re joined by Sara. Sara is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in acrylic painting and digital photography. She enjoys experimenting with different mediums and styles. Her work shows an incredibly creative mind with beautiful colors and amazing detail, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m a contemporary minded fine artist whose training was in traditional representational art. I have a history of bouncing between mediums but for the time I’ve settled on acrylic painting and digital photography. Although I alternate between styles and mediums, in my work I consistently use bold compositions and colors as a means of expressing my innermost thoughts and emotions.

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What inspires you?

I’ve always found sources of inspiration to be a tricky thing to nail down. I think there’s probably a lot of things in my life that inspire me in ways I’m not even aware of. A big thing for me is that fact that I’m a workaholic and very passionate about art. The drive to create new works is always there and working on projects usually helps me generate more ideas so I never really run out.

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

I’ve been a creative person my whole life. As a little girl, I wanted to be an artist but at some point that shifted to wanting a career as a chef. Midway through high school, I did a lot of soul searching and realized I was spending significantly more time on photography than cooking. I began to more consciously dedicate time to art and decided to study art in college.

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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?

Most of my work is very bold in nature especially in terms of the colors I choose to work with. This is super reflective of my personality. I’m not a very subtle person.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Work like you’re running out of time and use the work of others as inspiration, not fuel to tear yourself down. If you don’t want a career in the arts, it doesn’t matter how good you are as long as you get joy out of your work. If you do want a career in the arts, don’t sweat it because it takes work to get where you want to be. Look at your work with a critical eye so you can improve, but never tear yourself down.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m an aromantic demisexual

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

I’m not out to most people so I haven’t particularly encountered prejudice personally but that being said, the assumption that everyone is allosexual is always alive and well. There’s a lot in both fine art and marketing that is very sexualized either intentionally or unintentionally. As an art student, I was always super confused by the awkwardness most people have around doing figurative work especially for the first time. I was always just like, “Well they’re naked and this is a part of my training and also bodies are really fascinating to study this isn’t a sexual thing.”

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

That it’s just another type of being straight. I’ve had friends be like “oh I’m glad you found a word that describes you!” while also downplaying the fact that it’s an orientation just like being bisexual or gay and I’m like wait no you don’t understand I thought I was broken.

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

Follow positivity blogs. Being demi immediately made sense to me once I found out it was a thing but figuring out, and accepting, my aromanticism was much more of a journey. Seeing aro positivity and posts about how there’s many different ways to be aro did a lot for me.

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pezzella.sara/
Tumblr: http://spezzella.tumblr.com/
Website: https://www.sarapezzella.com/
RedBubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/spezzella

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