Category: asexual artists

Interview: Rochyne

Today we’re joined by Rochyne. Rochyne is a phenomenal visual artist whose art almost defies definition. It’s a fascinating combination of physical objects, performance, and stories. It’s almost abstract in its presentation. It’s clear Rochyne is a dedicated and imaginative individual with a unique vision. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

My art used to be on paper, and then it became objects, now
it seems to live in the place between stories, performance and interactions.

A little bit of my website blurb:

My work is about sharing knowledge; expanding expectations;
uncovering what has been there all along; providing a moment where nothing else
is important; testing boundaries and learning what can be done with what
happens to be there.

It involves imagination, participation, movement, journeys,
interaction, perspective, a contrast of soft and hard. Usually made on my own,
I give my pieces to the world and the people, and let them discover what both
the object and themselves can achieve. I want to open eyes; initiate freedom;
spark a new way of thinking.

What inspires you?

People, places, sounds, words, stories, feelings. Anything
really.

Recently the outdoors, climbing, birds, the sky, falling,
failing have all been in the forefront of my mind.

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

I have always had an interest in art, I just find it hard to
fully commit. I stumbled upon the sort of in-between field I find myself in.
having a performative aspect in my art, I found the MA course I am just
finishing (Performance Design) and from that, what I consider my art, or art in
general, to be has broadened massively.

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 think rather than a unique signature, my work mostly
always includes some type of conversation or invitation.

I also like cubes.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t talk yourself down. Your art is worth it, and your
time is not being wasted.

Work hard, be honest and find people who inspire you.

Don’t be afraid to get a ‘real job’ on the side, as long as
it doesn’t sap all of your energy.

Talk, reach out, value others art.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

This is a difficult question as I am not really sure. I
think I identify as asexual some days and maybe less so on others. But mostly I
quietly think of myself as asexual.

It’s a process I am still working through, so I sometimes
find it awkward to speak about, and this, in my mind, means I may not have
fully realised whereabouts my identity sits. As a general rule, I don’t enjoy
assigning fixed labels; I believe most things exist in a fluid notion. So I
guess to sum up; asexual-ish.  

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

Ignorance for sure, I think I just try to handle it by
opening a dialogue inviting the ideas of identities all existing on a spectrum,
if they can’t get their head around that I think I try to accept that they
might not be open to those ideas. I haven’t experienced any openly
aggressive/abusive responses, and I hope to never have to deal with these.

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

That they don’t exist. This is frustrating, and I think just
a sign of the times and that we don’t talk enough. More dialogue around so many
topics would help people hiding away and feeling that they are alone.

I find it frustrating when people associate asexuality and
aromatic incorrectly, its an assumption that people shouldn’t have the freedom
to express.  

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

As hard as it may be, accepting and talking can be helpful.

Also just to tell them that they are not broken.

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

Ohh amazing.

People can find me here: https://www.instagram.com/rochyne/
or here https://rochynedm.wixsite.com/portfolio
or here: https://rochyne.wordpress.com/
Tumblr: https://rochyne.tumblr.com/

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

Interview: Lisa Dawn

Today we’re joined by Lisa Dawn. Lisa is a phenomenal author and blogger who writes about a number of things. She loves fairy tales and focuses on it. Lisa also enjoys analyzing princess movies, books, and TV shows on her amazing blog. It’s clear she’s a passionate and creative individual, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a self-published author, blogger, and screenwriter. I
love stories, especially fairy tales. The Disney Princess movies were
everything to me when I was growing up. I’ve written several fairy tale adaptations
and original fairy tale novellas at www.amazon.com/author/lisadawn
and regularly review and analyze princess movies, books, TV shows, and more on
my blog at www.theprincessblog.org.
I studied screenwriting in college and am about to complete the UCLA
Professional Program in Screenwriting Online. My latest screenplay is an
original princess story that draws inspiration from one of the hardest times in
my life.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by beauty, but not just the visual kind. I love
musicals with songs that tug at the heartstrings, stories that are cathartic
and empowering, and of course beautiful artwork of mermaids, faeries, and
magical princesses in lacey flowing gowns. My love of animation has been a
driving force for my creativity even though I can’t even draw a circle. I was
devastated when traditional animation got replaced by CGI, but I attended a
visual effects school in Florida to learn how to animate on a computer, which
landed me a job in Los Angeles.

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

Yes, I have always wanted to write. I can’t remember ever not
wanting to write, even when I was a very tiny Little Mermaid-obsessed preschooler. I love stories and the effect
that they have on people’s psyche. A good story will simultaneously bring
someone to tears and allow them to accept something in their life that they were
struggling with. When I graduated college and had to deal with the hardships of
being an adult for the first time, I wanted to tell my own stories even more
because there’s a comfort in viewing life through the lens of a magical fairy
tale instead of facing the harsh reality head-on.

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?

You’ve probably noticed the princess theme by now. Not all
of my stories are about princesses, but I focus on them because princesses are
the most magical and empowering female characters in any given fantasy story. I
love how princesses have evolved over time from damsels in distress to strong
warriors. I analyze the dichotomy between these archetypes in The Princess Blog
and try to find a healthy balance between them in my own writing. For me, Ariel
from Disney’s The Little Mermaid is
the perfect combination of vulnerability and inner strength.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

It has never been easier than it is today to promote
yourself through technology. Everyone is connected through social media, so if
you’re willing to share your art, people will find you. You can also easily
reach out to the people you admire via Twitter, which is something that used to
be much harder. Unfortunately, that also means there’s a lot more competition out
there. In that respect, I would say to work even harder than you think is
necessary. Write, draw, sing, and create every single day, even on the days
when you don’t feel like it. I thought I would never make it as a screenwriter,
but now I feel like I’m closer than ever because I’ve learned how to make
connections and get valuable feedback from my peers. Yes, I do occasionally
take breaks, sometimes even year-long ones, but I know now that the more time I
take off, the longer it will take me to accomplish my goals. Promote yourself
and keep it up!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am a heteroromantic repulsed asexual. I’m also married, which
still surprises me sometimes, so for those of you lonely romantic aces out
there, there is hope!

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

I write independently, but I’ve experienced ignorance in the
workplace a few times. I once had a job converting movies to 3D, and some of my
co-workers there were a little immature. There was one man in particular who
would not stop harassing me after I blurted out that I was asexual. He kept
naming all sorts of different scenarios and asking me if I would have sex under
those circumstances (not with him). I probably should have reported him to HR,
but he was part of a large company layoff shortly after that, so I never saw
him again. A few years later, I did an interview about asexuality for a famous
magazine right after my wedding that promoted my husband and myself in a
humiliating way on several Facebook pages with millions of subscribers. A
co-worker I had at that time tagged several fellow employees, including a
supervisor, on one posts and didn’t tell me. I only found out about it after
going through all the comments. I did
report that to HR and got an apology out of her. If this happens to you, do not
tolerate it sitting down! That’s what Human Resources are for.

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

“You’re not capable of love?” is always a classic.

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

The world is a very different place today than it was when I
came out as asexual in 2005. Hollywood is pushing for more diversity in the
media. Uncommon sexual orientations are becoming more commonplace. Social media
is all about expressing yourself. You are living in one of the best eras to be
different. Embrace it. Know that there are more people willing to accept you
today than there would have been fifty, thirty, or even ten years ago.

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

I have a subscribe link on www.theprincessblog.org, but most
people find out about new posts through my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theprincessblogger.
I’m also on Instagram at www.instagram.com/theprincessblogger
and Twitter at www.twitter.com/PrincessOfBlogs.
I have a YouTube channel where an animated version of myself reads my blog
posts at http://yt.vu/+theprincessvlog,
and of course you can find my books on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/lisadawn.

Lisa Dawn also has an author website: http://lisadawnbooks.wixsite.com/lisadawn

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

Interview: Desdemona

Today we’re joined by Desdemona. Desdemona is a wonderful writer who specializes in fanfiction, mostly involving m/m erotica. When she’s not writing m/m erotica, Desdeomona collaborates with her father to write fantastic queer sci-fi stories and she also enjoys writing tales involving strong women saving the world. It’s clear she’s a passionate author with a wonderful creativity, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I am most known for my m/m erotica of the fanfiction
variety. I like to write a whole range of genres, from comedy to angst to smut
to action/adventure. I like it best when I can mix more than one, which is most
evidenced by my current story, in which a vampire king of an imaginary country
tricks a feisty little prince from a neighboring country into marrying him.

When I’m not writing fanfiction, I collab with my dad to
write what I like to call “queers in space” and then I also dabble in stories
on my own that usually feature things like girls with swords saving the world
and badass witches getting revenge on well-deserving men.

What inspires you?

You know when white cishet men cry about women invading
their spaces? I really like that. Also, I’m a slut for a good cliché.

If I were to give an answer that wasn’t chalked full of
feminist rage and flippant sarcasm, though, I would probably say music. I can
really focus on unfolding plots when I have the right music.

But, really, anything’s inspiration if you’re spiteful
enough.

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

When I was a kid, my dad taught me how to play chess. When
he didn’t have time for a match and I couldn’t convince one of my siblings to
play with me, I’d set up the board and then use the pieces to create very
detailed stories that had absolutely nothing to do with chess. Or, y’know, I’d
play against myself, but the point of this story is to showcase that sometimes,
there isn’t a beginning. Some people are just born that way. (Heh.)

Basically: yes, I’ve always wanted to a writer. Words are a
deep comfort to me and making stories has been a part of my life for as long as
I can remember. I didn’t really have friends growing up, so books were the
things that kept me occupied, and then eventually, I started writing down the
stories I would tell myself.

The thing that drove me for a long time was a total lack of
media featuring main characters like me. I was a teeny-bopper asexual girl who
didn’t actually know she was asexual and I couldn’t understand why all these
female characters were so worried about what the boys in their life thought. I
wanted to read about girls with swords going on adventures, kicking ass and
taking names. The ideas of “damsels in distress” and “love interests” were
pretty much eye-roll worthy to my younger counterpart.

When I got older and started questioning my sexuality, it
became about more than just Girls Do It Better. I got to explore sexuality in a
very nuanced way that was still comfortable to me thanks to the popularity of
erotica in fanfiction.

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?

Have I told you the good word about our Lady & Savior,
“Girl With Sword” yet? No? Would you be interested in taking this informational
pamphlet that outlines how very much she is my sexuality?

I also seem to have a serious kink for women who want
revenge. It’s possible I’m continually working through some stuff that never
truly gets resolved.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Create selfishly. Create that thing that feels like it’s
pure self-indulgence. The best thing you can ever do as an artist–any kind of
artist–is to create the things that you, as a consumer, want to see. It
translates better than what you create when you’re writing for someone else.
Always write for yourself and let anyone else’s enjoyment of your creation be a
bonus, not the sole purpose.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

So, when people ask me about it, I generally say that I know
I’m somewhere on the asexual spectrum, but I’m not sure where. I generally lean
toward the idea that I’m demisexual, but my party line is that I don’t have
enough evidence to fully support this hypothesis.

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

I’ve been lucky in the way that the only asexual prejudices
I’ve seen or heard were random posts on the internet. Nobody’s ever come to my
door, so to speak, to spout their ignorance directly to me. I still expect it
to happen one day, but so far, it hasn’t.

And really, handling it would depend on the prejudice or
ignorance itself and who it’s coming from. Some instances can be a good
teaching moment, but other times, life is too short to argue with people who
won’t see reason.

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

The thing that really fucked me up when I was questioning my
sexuality was this widespread idea that asexuality is only a complete lack of
sexual desire–that asexual people don’t have a sex drive at all.

That idea was pretty rampant for a while and it made me
think, “oh, well, that’s not me.” I do have a sex drive, but I have a distinct
lack of desire to share that sexual drive with…well, I would say most people. I can think of exactly one
person I’ve met in my almost-29 years of existence on this planet that I wanted
to fuck. That seems, to me, like a fluke more than anything.

The fact that that misconception was so common caused me
some undue angst for a number of years before I found out it wasn’t actually
the case. I found my way eventually, but I’d like to save other people said
angst if I can.

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

Listen. Your truth is not going to be someone else’s truth.
Someone else’s truth is not going to be your truth.

Figuring out your sexuality–especially when it’s messy and
complicated the way sexualities often are–is a bit like one of those treasure
hunts where people leave little clues/notes in random places and you have to
decipher the riddle to figure out where to go next. You have to sift through
someone else’s dirty laundry in hopes that you’re going to find something
useful. You might find a scrap of paper in a pair of jeans, but it’s up to you
to figure out whether or not it’s the clue you needed to unlock the next step
or if it’s just a faded receipt from Walmart because someone doesn’t know how
to clean out their pockets before they wash laundry.

Take the stories of other experiences with a grain of salt.
Your experience doesn’t have to fit perfectly, it only has to fit enough that
you can find some comfort in the fact that you’re not broken like you thought
you were. (I’m projecting with that last bit, in case you hadn’t noticed.)

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

I am both greenbergsays
and greenbergwrites on Tumblr
and greenbergsays
on AO3.

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

Interview: Kedreeva

Today we’re joined by Kedreeva. Kedreeva is a phenomenal author who specializes in the speculative genres. She has recently found that she enjoys writing abstract horror. Kedreeva enjoys exploring the different aspects of magic and immortal creatures. It’s clear she’s an incredibly imaginative and creative author who enjoys what she does. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I am a writer, mainly in the fantasy/sci-fi/supernatural
genre, though I have to say I’ve recently found gently abstract horror to be
alluring. I thoroughly enjoy writing very long, involved stories that hurt a
lot along the way but ultimately end happily. I also do a lot of shorter,
off-the-cuff bits as warm-ups or on days when I just need to get something
done. I LOVE writing about immortal creatures and the technical side of magic
systems and twisting already known lore in interesting ways to make something
new.

Some of my more recent works involve a collection of shorts
advising one how to survive in The Void (a horror landscape), a story about a
person lost in interconnected liminal spaces looking for a way home, a “road
trip” type fic traveling through an apocalypse, and a story about a world where
Roman-style coliseum fighting of supernatural creatures against one another is
the mainstay of the world’s culture that must be brought down by the hands of
the main characters.

I used to do a lot of artwork, but I mostly set that aside
in favor of writing. Recently, I have started to explore doing artwork with one
of my pets, a peahen named Artemis (who also “helps” me write sometimes). It’s
never too late to start learning something new!

What inspires you?

You know that feeling when you’re out in the middle of a
field in the middle of nowhere and you can look up and see all the stars
brighter than in the city and there’s that pale, cloudy, white stripe through
the night sky that’s actually an arm of our Milky Way galaxy stretching out
into the mind-boggling vastness of outer space and for just a moment everything
has a sort of eternal presence, and the void of space is looking back at you
and you are comfortingly insignificant? Yeah, that. Also spite. I’ve done a lot
of work out of spite for people telling me I can’t do something.

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

I don’t know that anything got me interested, I think it
never really occurred to me not to be what I am. I’ve been writing stories
since I could hold a pencil, and telling them for longer than that. If I had to
pick something, I guess I would say that the way I felt listening to other
people’s stories made me want to tell my own.

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 this counts as a signature, but my friends
tease me about using the word “sluice” whenever I find an opportunity. It’s a
good word. Maybe my favorite one ever.

I think that in seriousness, and it’s something a lot of
folks have talked to me about or thanked me for so I guess it’s noticeable or
different, I write my stories as though differing sexual and romantic
alignments are just… normal.  I’ve almost
exclusively written about queer characters through my life and despite writing
dozens of different relationships and first times, the problems are never about
those characters’ sexual or romantic alignments. Nothing in any of their worlds
forces them to see themselves as abnormal or a problem in that respect- because
they’re not. That’s the kind of world I want to live in – one where I get to be
a person, not a problem – so that is what I write.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Do what makes you happy, and do it as much as you can stand
to, and then let yourself rest. I would also say, like, take care of yourself
such that you can continue your craft. Sometimes that means eating enough,
sometimes that means sleeping occasionally, sometimes that means you have to
find a different job for a while to pay the rent or whatever. The world needs
you and your creations.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Probably the most common species, Asexual asexual. I don’t experience sexual attraction but I also
don’t experience sex repulsion. You know, the sort of asexual that finds
dragons more interesting than sex.

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

I’ve never had any prejudice directed at me, specifically,
that I can recall. I’ve seen a little of it here and there not related to my
field, but that’s usually when I go looking for it or someone drags it into the
spotlight. There’s a little bit of ignorance floating about, and a little bit
of curiosity (though usually that’s been polite in my corners of the net), but
I tend to ignore it. Humans are ignorant of all manner of things; asexuality is
just one number on that very long list and I have better things to do with my
time that fight about that.

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

There’s two I normally see a lot of- the first is that
asexuality can somehow be, like, “cured” if someone finds the right person who
is patient and sexy enough. I’ve seen a lot of new writers trying to write
stories with asexual (and I don’t mean Demisexual, that would be different)
characters “making exceptions” so to speak for another character- ie: sex
repulsed asexuals suddenly becoming Into It with enough coaxing and patience
from their partner. Which, you know. Not great. The other is that I’ve seen
folks speaking like asexuality is a lack of sex drive rather than a lack of sexual attraction, which usually leads to them thinking ace folks are all
sex repulsed (or the opposite, tying into the first point, that we are all
capable of sexual arousal just for the Right Person or whatever).

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

Honestly, life is short and there are better things to do
than worry about sex and attraction. That seems a little harsh written down,
but it’s so true on the other side of the struggle. I had never really had a
struggle to begin with, until someone else made me struggle. I knew I was ace,
I told people “I’m equally unattracted to everyone” right up until someone, a
good friend at that, told me “that’s bisexuality, because that means you’re
equally attracted to everyone” and I let that cause me a problem for years
before I realized I was struggling for no reason. I knew who I was. There were
better things for me to spend my time worrying about than whether I was right
or wrong about knowing who I was. If I was wrong, I’d find out eventually. If I
was right, then there was no sense in worrying about it further. I know how
Devastatingly Important it can seem, and it IS important to examine, but my
friend, there are stories to write, art to make, creations to create.

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

I use the same name, Kedreeva, everywhere- Tumblr, Twitter, Archive of our Own, etc.,
but AO3 is where folks can actually find my writing for now.

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

Interview: Sarah Neila Elkins

Today we’re joined by Sarah Neila Elkins. Sarah is a phenomenal writer and visual artist who specializes in novels and comics. She enjoys writing the speculative genres and her work features asexual protagonists. It’s clear she’s a talented artist who loves what she does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I make fantasy, horror, and sci-fi novels and comics
featuring asexual protagonists. Since 2015 I have been more active writing
novels than creating comics due to having angio fibro dysplasia, a type of
chronic ossifying tennis elbow that kept me from using my right hand for almost
a year. I had to relearn how to draw as a result.

What inspires you?

I want to make stories that I want to read. I’m asexual but
didn’t know that was a thing until I was an adult and I have tons of queer
friends but, although it is more common to see LGBTQIA+ characters in stories
it’s less common to see them in fantasy and horror. I want to write the kinds
of tense, action-filled books and comics I like to read but with queer
characters.

I also really like Nikola Tesla, so working him or things
related to him in stories is fun. I guess it’s like writing fanfiction though
I’ve never been good about sticking with anything else for that. Every time I
tried writing proper fanfiction whatever I wrote turned into something original
without any characters or worlds from whatever the fanfic was supposed to be
based on.

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

I’ve been writing and drawing since I was a kid. I
daydreamed, a lot. Probably more than was healthy to be honest. Eventually I
started writing those daydreams down as a film script because I wanted to make
movies. Then I did research on the screenwriter’s guild and realized that would
never happen. Granted, that was before indie films got bigger. I decided that I
could just draw whatever story I wanted to make so I got into making comics.
When my elbow tendons essentially turned to bone I had to give up my comic
flatting job, my comic inking job, and comics altogether for a while. It broke
my heart but I was able to use a keyboard with my left hand and wrote a novel
to deal with the stress and depression I was feeling from losing my only source
of income and the only real job I had ever known. That book, Psychic Underground: The Facility is
available now from Ninestar Press. Thankfully, I have recovered enough to draw
again and even want to make a graphic novel. I’m still writing prose novels and
the second book in the Psychic
Underground
series should come out later this year (2019.)

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?

Nikola Tesla. If he’s not mentioned out-right he or
something related to him is in there be it a street name or invention. It’s
like ‘Where’s Waldo’ except sometimes I make it very obvious. I also like to
put my favorite number in things, 8, as well as Tesla’s favorite numbers 3, 6,
and 9.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Be mindful of your body and health. If your arms or hands
start hurting try to skip ahead and see an orthopedic surgeon instead of a
general doctor. If I had done that I would have skipped about six months of terrible
pain and one ER visit. Also, remember that just because someone gets a job or
opportunity you wanted that comics and prose writing isn’t Highlander. There’s
plenty of room. If you get knocked down, get back up.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am alloromantic asexual.

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

In my field? Years ago a friend who helped me get a big
flatting job said something to the effect of “asexuals aren’t queer”
but then she worked with another friend of mine who is asexual on
a queer anthology that the ace friend told me was welcoming to aces, so maybe
her view changed. To be honest she kinda hasn’t talked to me much since the
whole incident where she said she thought ace’s weren’t queer and that bothers
me. I don’t like not having closure if a friendship is over, you know?

Otherwise I dated an artist for years and when I tried to
explain to them I’m asexual and sex-repulsed/genophobic they didn’t take it
well. I thought they’d take it better since the main character of their then
pretty popular webcomic was aromantic asexual. We wound up breaking up and
tried to stay friends but the friendship imploded when my arm trouble got bad.
They said some things to me during the relationship that made me doubt myself
and they continued to do that when my arm was causing me excruciating pain. I
know I wish they would apologize someday but I’ll never get that closure
either. I’m not sure if that counts but they were a colleague I looked
up to a lot.

Beyond those two instances I have been out of the creative
game for a few years due to my arm so I’m just now getting back where I can
pursue jobs in both writing and comics. I have little doubt I’ll run across
more pronounced cases of ace prejudice and ignorance in the future.

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

The most common misconception about asexuality I’ve
encountered is that all asexuals are aromantic, celibate, and sex repulsed or
that they want to prevent someone else from having sex. I am celibate but no
aromantic. I am sex repulsed and genophobic but I don’t want to prevent others
from having sex. I just can’t talk about or see sex for long without having an
anxiety attack.

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

You are not alone. You are not broken. Asexuality is a vast
spectrum within the queer spectrum. You don’t have to be anything but ace to be
queer, either. There’s no real rule that says “you must be asexual AND
anything else also queer to qualify as queer.” You can just be asexual and
qualify as queer. Anyone who’s not cis heterosexual qualifies as queer. If
you’re asexual then by definition you’re not heterosexual. Don’t listen to
anyone who claims you’re faking your identity. You are the only
person who gets to define who you are.

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

I just launched a personal website: https://www.sarahneilaelkins.com/
I still haunt the hell out of Twitter: https://twitter.com/NeilaK20
I mirror posts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahNeilaElkins/
And on Mastodon: https://mastodon.social/@NeilaK20
And I’m trying to use Instagram more: https://www.instagram.com/neilak20/

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

Interviews to Resume

Hello all!

Thank you so much for your patience while I was taking a break. I think I’m ready to resume posting interviews to the site. We’re fast approaching 1,000 interviews and I’m still only one person who is currently very swamped with things (my upcoming novel, my part-time job, con appearances, etc.).

In order to keep this site running, I need to make a couple changes to how I do things.

If you want something changed or removed, you must contact me at the email address provided in the blog description. I will not reply to asks or comments.

Also, you will need to provide the links to your interview and the artist pages you’re listed on. I will only change things if links are provided (I simply don’t have the time to hunt through every listing to update/change information).

There may be times when I go away for a bit and I apologize for this, but I am super busy at the moment with a number of things. I’m going to take the months of September and October off to finish up work on my book and then start work on the next two in the series. These absences can’t be helped and I ask for your patience. This site is important, but it doesn’t pay the bills. However, whenever I take a month off, I will still be accepting interviews (I just won’t be posting them until I’m “back”).

I have about 24 or 25 interviews that need to be uploaded and scheduled at the moment. I’m going to try to get through most of them today, but I don’t know how many I’ll manage (hopefully I’ll be able to get through the ones going up next week). My plan going forward is to upload/schedule interviews for the coming week on Saturdays and Sundays, along with any signal boost requests I receive. I still plan on posting new interviews Monday through Friday. I will let you know if that will change.

I think that’s about all for now. Thank you again for your patience.

See everyone Monday 🙂

Call for Interviewees

asexualartists:

asexualartists:

asexualartists:

Hello all!

Once again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind of a reminder:

ASEXUAL ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!

I’m always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all kinds of artists are welcome.

This is including but not limited to:

WRITERS: all genres and forms are welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re all welcome and you all have something to offer.

VISUAL ARTISTS: Self explanatory, any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching, drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).

FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.

FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors, cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features, documentaries, etc).

PERFORMANCE ARTS: actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.

DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque, belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)

MUSICIANS: playing instruments, composing, singing, anything involving music

CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice is food. If so, you’re welcome here.

CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)

All levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer and therefore I want to interview you 🙂

If you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me at laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

If you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address (laurenjankowski27@gmail.com)

This site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run out, this site will remain as a resource 🙂 Updates will continue as long as there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.

Thank you, everybody.

Hey everyone!

Still open for interviews. And I just want all you amazing, talented, wonderful artists who have already been interviewed: you are making such a difference. Giving an interview may seem like a small thing, perhaps even insignificant, but believe me when I say that so many aces have found comfort and inspiration in your words. I have received numerous messages about how much this blog means to people, especially to aces still coming to terms with their identity. That’s a truly wonderful thing 😃

So please, keep those interview requests coming!

Hey everyone!

Still need more interviews, but just a reminder: I don’t respond to interview requests via reblogs or comments. If you are interested in being featured on this blog, please email me: laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

All ages, races, religions, genders are welcome. If you’re on the ace spectrum and you create, I would love to interview you for this blog.

ALL aces are welcome on this blog! It doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist, a professional, a dabbler, a student, aspiring or experienced. Your art is important. Your voice is important.

So please, keep those interview requests coming 😀 <3

Still on a break from posting interviews, but just wanted to let aces know you can still request an interview. I’m collecting interviews and will post them in July.

Thanks everybody!

Regular

Important

Hey everyone.

If you submitted art to the exhibition I co-curated, please check it when it’s returned. An artist who was part of the exhibit found that her work had been damaged. Apparently, they were putting adhesive on the back of the artwork without my knowledge (and tearing it off).

If your work was damaged, I recommend sending an email to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. If they don’t respond, reach out to me and I’ll give you an email to contact.

If they ever hold another conference like this, I don’t recommend submitting to it. You won’t get paid, whoever is curating it won’t be properly reimbursed (and, in the unlikely event they are, it won’t be in a timely manner), and there’s a good chance your art will be damaged.

I’m so, so sorry about this everyone. I’m so upset and… I’m just enraged about this. This isn’t right. YOU DON’T F*CKING DO THIS TO ARTISTS!

I know I said I was going to post more interviews before my short break, but I just can’t. I’m exhausted, completely exhausted, people. I’m so sorry. I need to get reimbursed for my travel and I need to make sure they don’t f*ck over the artists who were part of the show. I need to make sure this artist gets a proper apology (it’s the least she deserves).

Interviews will resume in July.

Again, I am so, so sorry about this.

See all of you in July.

Important

Hey everyone.

If you submitted to the exhibition I co-curated, please check your art when it’s returned. An artist who was part of the exhibit found that her work had been damaged. Apparently, they were putting adhesive on the back of the artwork without my knowledge (and tearing it off).

If your work was damaged, I recommend sending an email to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. If they don’t respond, reach out to me and I’ll give you an email to contact.

If they ever hold another conference like this, I don’t recommend submitting to it. You won’t get paid, whoever is curating it won’t be properly reimbursed (and in the unlikely event that they are, it won’t be in a timely manner), and there’s a good chance your art will be damaged.

I’m so, so sorry about this everyone. I’m upset and…I’m enraged. This isn’t right. YOU DON’T F*CKING DO THIS TO ARTISTS!

I know I was going to post a few more interviews before taking a short break, but I just can’t. I’m exhausted, completely exhausted, people. I’m so sorry. I need to get reimbursed for my travel and I need to make sure they don’t f*ck over the artists who were part of this show. I need to make sure this artist gets a proper apology (it’s the least she deserves).

Interviews will resume in July.

Again, I’m so, so sorry about this.

See all of you in July.

Sorry and an Update

Hi all!

I know I’ve been super inactive for a while. I’m going to explain part of the reason why.

I went to the art show in Vancouver in April. It went really well. We had a lot of great submissions and showed some beautiful art.

Me subtly being Lady Loki at an academic event

I thought the panel on writing was also really well put together. Everyone was very nice and I was super happy with how it went overall.

Then I got home and the university started trying to back out of paying me for my flight home (something that was agreed upon beforehand). I still have yet to be reimbursed for my flight home and it was not cheap. It was the cheapest I could get and it still cost a lot of money.

Because I don’t know when or if they’re going to reimburse me (like they said they would), and because I have to start traveling to more cons to sell my own series, I’ve had to get a side hustle to off-set the costs of travel. I like my job, it’s a good albeit challenging part-time gig, but it frequently leaves me feeling tired. I’m still adjusting to it.

The reason why this has affected my work on Asexual Artists: I’m just tired, people. I’m worn out and I feel so used. I know I mentioned I was struggling with feeling burned out in an earlier post. This situation has just pretty much just doused whatever embers I had managed to reignite during the weeks I took off. I put a lot of time into this art show, time and emotional energy, and I feel like the university took advantage of that. I hate saying that because again, the people I met were incredibly nice. I got to meet a friend from online for the first time ever and that was thrilling.

I don’t often cry, but this actually made me cry. Because they didn’t just take advantage of my time, they took advantage of me monetarily. I feel so damn stupid for not asking for the travel costs up front. I should have done that (if I ever do something even remotely like this again, I will definitely learn from that mistake). I’m hurt and angry, but mostly I’m just tired.

I have interviews that need to be uploaded and scheduled and I’m going to do that, but I really need to take the month of June off. I really need some time for myself, to do the things I enjoy doing, to let loose and unwind a bit. I need to put work into my own projects.

I hate saying that because I know how important this site is to people, but I’m a human being. I can be hurt and I need breaks too. I love this site and I love that people get so much from it (I hate that there are people who take advantage of it and of me, but I know they’re a very small minority).

I’m going to try my best to dredge up the energy to upload and schedule the small batch of interviews that have been sitting in my inbox for months now. I’m really trying my best, people.

Again, I’m going to be taking the month of June off. However, I will still respond to any emails that are sent to me (so keep sending interview requests, please).

If you’re interested in my travels during June (or just want to keep up with me, I will be posting pictures on my Instagram (laurenjankowski27) and Twitter (lauren_jankowsk).

Thanks, everybody! I hope to bounce back soon 🙂