Today we’re joined by Kayla Rose. Kayla is a phenomenal young visual artist who specializes in a variety of mediums. They mostly use graphite and colored pencils, but have recently gotten into charcoal drawing and they also paint. While they mostly do visual art, Kayla also writes and sometimes dances. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I draw, mostly using graphite and colored pencils, but I’ve recently started using charcoal as well. I paint as a therapy activity. I have dabbled in clay sculptures, found-object sculptures, foam carving, and ceramic tiles. And I write whenever I have brain power left over. My style is still in flux and I have varying subject matter.
What inspires you?
I tend to take inspiration from a lot of things: life, death, depression, my own experiences, and things I find beautiful or haunting.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
For as long as I can remember I have been drawing in notebooks and copying pages from coloring books, but about four years ago I started working in theatre and it has helped fuel my desire for skill in as many forms of art as I can manage.
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?
Right now I don’t have any trademark or signature, though I am trying to come up with one centered around a rosebud.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Since I fit in that category myself, I don’t feel super qualified to say anything, but I would want to remind artists to chase what they are passionate about and fight through all the blocks because you will come out better than before.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am a Pan-romantic Asexual, and I fluctuate between sex-neutral and sex-repulsed.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m in the arts and most people around me are very open-minded and welcoming of any and all, so I can’t say that I’ve run into much prejudice, but there is a lot of ignorance about it. There are people that I’ve had a hard time convincing that Asexuality is real, and it’s vastly unrepresented so I often feel lonely. But I try to keep my chin up and live my own life regardless of other’s point of view.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That none of us have any interest in sex whatsoever, or that discussion of sex will make us very uncomfortable.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are valid, you are not broken. No matter what the masses or media try to force on you, believe in yourself and don’t let the haters get you down.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Kayla, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.