Interview: Aodhan

Today we’re joined by Aodhan. Aodhan is a phenomenal visual artist who is a first for asexual artists. His works involves a lot of rotational symmetry and either extremely light or heavy contrast between them. I was studying the work he sent with his interview and there’s something almost hypnotic about it. His work is incredibly interesting to look at and it draws the viewer in. It’s clear he’s a very passionate artist who enjoys what he does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I do mostly visual art that deals with colors, gradients,
and rotational symmetry. It’s all done digitally through mirroring and color
changing software. The main stylistic choices that I use are very soft and very
heavy contrast with minimal blur, or sometimes forgoing some levels of symmetry
for a level of blending or shadows.

Most of my base pictures are pictures I take or random
gradients. Sometimes I use random memes or just odd pictures just for the level
of fun I get from realizing that I just turned some random image from my
gallery into a piece of art.

What inspires you?

My main inspirations were funnily enough my cat Cider, eyes,
and many types of butterflies and moths. I was always fascinated my cat’s fur
and the patterns in it despite how minimal they could be, and wanted to
recreate them in digital art. When it came to eyes, I was always enthralled by
how they looked, especially the iris. Then for butterflies, well they were
pretty and symmetrical, what more was there to like?

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

Oddly enough, I started doing it for the sheer purpose of
messing with people and using it to add more “pylons” to a picture. The meme of
“You must construct additional pylons,” was one that I enjoyed, and someone bet
that I couldn’t make a bunch of copies of the Starcraft pylon in an image look
pretty. I took this challenge in stride, made five dollars, and found a passion
in creating these odd pieces. As one could guess, I wasn’t always too keen on
becoming an artist. However when I found a medium I enjoyed, it kind of just
sparked.

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?

Well they’re usually symmetrical as the term rotational
symmetry implies, but other than that there is no real signature that can be
found.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

For life, I’d say to find and do what makes you happy. When
it comes to art, I’d suggest to try weird styles and challenge yourself in
weird ways. You may just find exactly what you love doing.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as a homoromantic asexual.

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

Only once, and it was with a friend who did not know what
the term meant. He acted rudely at first but thankfully he’s an accepting
person and with an explanation of how it worked, he understood and became
rather nice about it. In general, if it would happen again, I’d just explain
the details and if it doesn’t help, I’d back off and recognize that it wasn’t
working.

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

That we identify as asexual because we can’t find someone to
have sex with.

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

You aren’t broken, you weren’t made incorrectly, and most
importantly you are absolutely valid however you express yourself or identify.

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

You can find some of my work at my Tumblr at tripping-ace where I sometimes post
art but usually drop some stupid humor.

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