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.