Interview: Emily Jane

Today we’re joined by Emily Jane. Emily is a phenomenal artist who does a bit of everything. She enjoys singing, writing, and drawing, but her main passion is photography. Emily has a great passion for creating and is incredibly enthusiastic, 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 a sort of jack of all trades artist to be honest. I love
to sing, write, draw, photograph…I love many things, and try not to limit
myself to just one. When I sing, I often sing about my personal experiences,
but when I’m writing, I try to immerse myself in my characters. To me, art
should express something about the artist or the subject that he or she has not
or cannot share with the world. I try to capture that in my photography as
well- to find a secret and exploit it on camera- though the person seeing the
photo won’t see the secret, they might catch a hint of emotion tagging along
the end of it.

What inspires you?

Oh, gosh, the list is endless. A current inspiration is just
the existence of people. People, as a whole, are so miraculous. They live, they
breath, they exist and one of my favorite things is catching them doing that. I
also try to find myself in my work. I try to ask myself, who am I? What person
do I show to others, and is that person really me?

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

Unfortunately enough, I think the person that got me into my
field was my mother, though I really don’t want to credit her with anything
that I love. She was a graphic designer in college, and just frankly an
extremely creative person… Without her influence, I doubt I would have found
myself as deeply entrenched in the artistic world as I do.

Ever since I’ve remembered, I’ve wanted to be an artist, but
I often wonder about the differences between nature and nurture. Had my father,
who is an engineer, had more to do with my growing into myself, would I be
leaning more into the STEM fields? Or had I grown up in a family that didn’t focus
me on anything, would I have begun to lean towards a completely different
field? The world may never know.

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 know if I have a specific symbol in my work… I often
draw young women. I think that might be because of my sexuality, me trying to
draw potential girlfriends haha!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I would encourage them to never give up! I have received so
much backlash from my work- being labeled the weird emo girl (because
apparently only emo people draw??), people yelling at me for drawing different
body types… it’s not ideal, that’s for sure. But never give up on your art. And
remember, while it’s not wrong to want praise for your work, the person you
most need to accept your work is yourself.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

As of now, I identify as a panromantic asexual. I’m
attracted to people, not what’s in their pants- probably because I never want
to touch what’s in their pants haha.

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

Not so much relating to my field as to me as a person. As of
now, I am only halfway out of the closet with one person, which means that she
knows I’m asexual, but not that I’m panromantic. I have experience aphobic
things in my dating life, unfortunately. Guys seem to be under the impression
that everybody loves kissing and sex, and they get angry when you say you
aren’t into either of those things. Since I’m not out of the closet, I’ve never
dated a female, so I’ve no idea how they would react to being told that I do
not like sex.

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

The most common misconception I see about asexuality is the
idea that people who identify as asexual also do not have romantic
relationships, or that all ace people are also aromantic. Not only is this
patently false, but it harms people who are asexual by promoting the idea that
we don’t want romance. It also harms people who are not on the asexual scale by
promoting the idea that all romantic relationships must involve sex or it’s not
really a romantic relationship, which can be INCREDIBLY toxic.

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

Sure! Just remember that no matter how many people turn you
down or scoff at you for your sexuality, you are VALID!! You may be more on the
graysexual scale, and that’s totally fine. Humanity is filled with so many
people of so many types- it only makes sense that you won’t fit in a box
completely perfectly. And remember also- you don’t have to figure it all out
yet! People change- you may change as well, and that’s totally okay and valid.

Sure! Just remember that no matter how many people turn you
down or scoff at you for your sexuality, you are VALID!! You may be more on the
graysexual scale, and that’s totally fine. Humanity is filled with so many
people of so many types- it only makes sense that you won’t fit in a box
completely perfectly. And remember also- you don’t have to figure it all out
yet! People change- you may change as well, and that’s totally okay and valid.

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

I’m not really online at all except for my Tumblr account.
Feel free to stop by and say hi to me at uppercase-ace 😉

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