ERIKA SIMMONS

Erika IrisCH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

EI: I describe my artwork as experimental illustration. I try to use objects to evoke certain metaphors. That’s my goal, anyway.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

EI: I take a lot of inspiration from reading and listening to lectures, especially about science.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

EI: Typically I wait for the idea to come to me. Sometimes I’ll let a project simmer in my mind for a few months. Then drawing the design and piecing it together can take a while. Usually about three weeks. I don’t try to force the outcome too much… I enjoy most when a material can come to life and express itself.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

EI: Not really – I just hope they enjoy it.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

EI: Everyday is different. Some days I’m at my desk working feverishly. Some days paperwork and post office. Its not quite as romantic as people imagine… well, maybe a little.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

EI: A little of both is best for me… I start with a plan and see where it goes.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

EI: Be nice to everyone.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

EI: Taste is about context and perspective. I’m not really into fashion.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

EI: The attention.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

EI: Working with middle and high school art programs.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

EI: Ken Knowlton makes the best art I’ve ever seen. His work changed my life. When I saw it I said, “I have to do that.”

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

EI: Yes, its very useful! But where there is a will….

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

EI: Its hard to say, but I think so.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

EI: I don’t travel much but I love Vienna. I’m moving to New Orleans in a few weeks, another city I adore.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

EI: My favorite book is  ‘Godel Escher Bach’ by Douglas Hofstadter.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

EI: Yes, continue experimenting, hopefully working with some science themes this year.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

EI: Being an artist means creating beauty where there was none, or where its hard to find.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

EI: For me the greatest joy comes from seeing the interconnectedness in things. That’s what I hope to eventually achieve.

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