Interview: Angela

asexualartists:

Today we’re joined by Angela. Angela is a phenomenal artist who hasn’t met a medium she didn’t like. She does a fair amount of visual art, specializing in graphite and colored pencils. When she’s not drawing, Angela enjoys doing a variety of crafts: knitting, papercraft, making candles, etc. If all that weren’t enough, she also plays some musical instruments and works in theater tech. It’s very clear that Angela is a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m not sure where to begin. I create all sorts of art from
drawing, to knitting, to music and more. In terms of drawing, my favorite
mediums are graphite and colored pencil; those are about the only things I work
in. I also love crafting; I knit, I bind books, I make candles, I do
papercraft… you name it and I’ve probably given it a shot, or at least would
like to.

When it comes to music, I mainly focus on clarinet and
saxophone. I’m in my college’s pep band but in high school I played a lot of
jazz and more traditional wind ensemble music. I’m not sure if theater tech counts
as art, but if it does, I love building, painting, and running set pieces. I
also love doing sound and lights for theater and other events, which isn’t
typically seen as art, but I think there’s a certain degree of artistry to it.

What inspires you?

I’ve never really thought of myself as someone who really
has a lot of inspiration, but I guess my pure love of the arts inspires me. I
love creating things for myself and others to enjoy.

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

I’m not sure what got me interested in each of my respective
fields. Art is just a hobby of mine; I’m actually studying chemical engineering
right now. I guess I’ve just always loved music, and everyone always told me I
was good at drawing so I kept up with that too. I started building sets my
freshman year of high school because I’ve always wanted to build things and the
school play was my first opportunity to do so. When I turned seven, my grandma
taught me how to knit so that got me started on fiber arts.

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?

I don’t actually have any sort of signature or symbol that I
include in my work, but I absolutely love when people do.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I guess the advice that I would give young aspiring artists
would be to never give up. If you find an art form that makes you happy, keep
doing it. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough or that it’s a waste
of time. The more you work at it, the better you’ll get. And even if your work
never reaches professional quality, the important part is that you enjoy it and
it makes you feel good.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual.

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

I haven’t really encountered any kind of ace prejudice in
general. I tend to surround myself with good people, and I’ve been very lucky
in that respect. The most I’ll get is people not knowing what asexuality is,
but when people ask I just explain it and it’s all good.

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

I think the most common misconception about asexuality is
that it’s the same as sex repulsion. I think a large part of the community is
sex repulsed or sex averse, but that doesn’t mean that they’re inherently linked.
Plenty of aces enjoy sex without experiencing the attraction.

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

It sounds pretty clichéd, but I would say to know that
you’re not alone. It’s okay to question, and it’s okay to be unsure. There’s a
great asexual community ready to welcome you home and help you through anything
you need.

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

I’ve posted a bunch of my arts and crafts at angelas-arts-and-crafts.tumblr.com
if anyone wants to check that out. If you want to speak to me about all the
stuff that I do, feel free to message me there or I suppose you can e-mail me
at emailjunkedyjunkjunk@gmail.com
(yes that is my junk e-mail, I’m not kidding, Gmail didn’t accept the first
five or six options I put in so I decided on something ridiculous) if you’re
really that interested. I’d be happy to talk to you!

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