What could we say about Zoe! It is so hard to summarize in a few words! She is so incredible! Her art is beautiful, colorful, bubbly, funny, captivating just like her personality! We are so sad we missed her last exhibition in Melbourne! If you get a chance it is a must see!
How would you describe yourself?
I suppose I’d describe myself as a bit of a dork. I feel like I’m kind of awkward and weird a lot of the time. I can be super critical – mainly of myself. I’m also quite sensitive and emotional.
How would you describe your art?
Man, I never know how to answer this question! I paint and I make digital work and they are both very different. At the moment, I’d describe my paintings as weird, colorful, honest and free. I try not to think too much when I paint – that’s when I enjoy it the most – so whatever comes out is true to what I’m feeling. My digital drawing style has been transforming and developing over the last year. Right now It’s quite minimal. I like to play with bright and pastel colour, lines and geometric shapes. Everything I make is similar in that it’s all quite vibrant and bold. When I paint, I like to create detailed, textured and sort of sneaky visuals that draw the viewer in and keep them there for a while.
How would you describe your field?
If by “field” you mean my career then I’d describe it as unknown at the moment! I’m currently in this limbo phase of working a part time job and also focusing heavily on art and taking it more seriously.
What do you want to say through your art?
So many things! I want my art to communicate freedom, humour, the complexity of womanhood and the human mind. I want to communicate ideas of love and acceptance but also express resistance to injustice. I want my art to make people question the norm.
What / Who inspires you?
Usually I’m inspired by music, books, film, friends and family and other artists. I’m inspired by people who take risks and who are quite fearless in what they choose to express. I love when a person or a piece of art makes me think about something in a new way – that usually inspires me to create. I also tend to find beauty and inspiration in the subtle and the mundane.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
Yes, I think it does. There are definitely certain social and political issues that fuel my work. Feminism is something I take very seriously and I like to combat negative and restrictive ideas about women. I think art can be a powerful tool for change and for creating discussion and I always keep that in mind when I’m working. Another issue that I tend to focus on is the representation of people of colour. I am a latina woman and I’d like to see that particular demographic freed from very specific stereotypes. Making art makes me feel like I’m contributing to that in some small way.
What obstacles have you faced?
Heaps! And I feel like they will never end. But that’s okay. The whole process of making art is a give and take. I’ve gone through such low periods where I’ve thought my work was not good enough and then I’ve had absolute highs – like right now. I’ve just finished my first solo exhibition and I received a great response. I feel so proud of myself and validated as an artist at the moment, but I know that may not last very long so I’m just soaking it all in. The biggest obstacle is always in my head. It’s so important for me to take care of myself and make sure that I’m healthy but also to shift focus away from myself and really enjoy everything else life has to offer. Art can be all consuming when it’s closely linked to your identity so I’ve learned that it’s important to separate yourself from it sometimes.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
To be honest, I feel a bit strange giving advice since I certainly wouldn’t consider myself to be a part of the “art industry”. I guess the best advice I can give is if you love making art and you feel compelled to share what you create with others, then do it. Don’t make excuses and don’t be afraid. If it feels right, go with it and don’t worry about whether people will like it or not. That’s not really important. I think if you create things from a genuine place and with good intention, things fall into place the way they are supposed to.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
I have! I’ve been so lucky to have friends and family who have supported me from the very beginning which is huge. I don’t take that for granted and I’m extremely grateful.