Interview with Artist / TooFly NYC | Edition VI

How are you feeling at the start of this new year, any big plans for 2009
Pretty excited! I’m growing and shifting into different areas of expertise and of interest. There’s so much to learn and do and when there’s a diverse mix of projects on my lap I feel totally motivated to see them through. It’s the best way to learn. Some plans in the works for this year are; YOUNITY’s third female urban arts exhibition entitled: FRESHER! We have been blessed with a great crew of strong and dedicated women and setting it off like no other. There’s also an array of artist collaborations in the works for some wall productions in NY and abroad. There’s a few fall releases on a series of T-shirt illustrations, and toy designs that I’m looking forward too with Kidrobot, Methods, and Upper Playground. If your NY be sure to check out the Graffiti Film Festival May 27th, and the Hip Hop Association Womanhood Learning Project event June 25th where we will give the first Women & Hip Hop Grant! A lot of fresh, positive projects for the new year. I’m grinding out the recession and feeling pretty optimistic of a new wave of things to come.

So what is the motivation behind your whole movement?
I’m motivated by something beyond me. It’s hard to explain in words, and a lot easier to visually show the public what is taking form as it comes about. The movement “OUR MOVEMENT” is a feeling, a reason, and purpose to move forward in a much more positive direction. There are many movements going on but I think the one’s that matter the most are the ones that help people, society, and the planet.

How is the internet changing your craft?
The Internet is my one of the tools I use to get things done independently and sufficiently. It helps get my craft in the sense that I can share it, print, design it, and promote it. Saves me time, money, and space. I have been extremely pro-active in learning to do it all on my own. Especially since I love sharing information. I freely pass on what I learn to my friends, family, and in turn also educate others on how to “DO SHIT YOURSELF”.

Who are some people you want to be interacting with this year?
Good people. I can smell fake, meanie’s, and opportunists quickly. When I do you can bet I’ll shy away, I don’t like to waste time with folks who don’t care about anything but themselves and are insecure. I learned that lesson hard, and these days I’m extremely cautious of ANYONE who shows signs of envy, jealousy, and hate. Work on yourself first before you get near me. If your good peoples, and have a heart we can talk.

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Hell yeah! gotta save souls, and build love.

When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
No. I did it because it gave me joy, and made me smile. I discovered who I was the more I did it, and I got hooked! I just continued to follow that good feeling I would get when I did stuff I liked. That alone took me many many places. I drew, painted, designed, started a business, consulted, organized, started a collective, curated, educated, spoke, and most of all brought people together to empower them to “DO” and to “BE”.

How do you separate yourself from others?
By following my own path. I don’t worry about what everyone else is doing because I know exactly what I want and need in my life. You have to be focused and honest with yourself and take many quiet nights to understand the world around you. You can easily get lost in the sea of the machine these days, but if you are grounded, and have a supportive family, and friends it’s all you really need at the end of the day. It’s always best to be an individual in the world we live in, otherwise you get lost and begin to follow others and be easily influenced by their thoughts, and actions. If your not cautious the darkness will get you!

The art and party scene have come together in recent years, why do you think this has happened?
I think we’re celebrating many things these days especially in the arts. There is a burst of creative freedom to be, do, and create whatever we want. Anywhere any everywhere, it’s quite a celebration! Especially with all the networking sites on the daily happenings. Folks out there who need a break from reality, bills, and jobs take the escape to worlds that inspire them and make them feel alive. I have my own critiques about how an art/party should be put together though, and so to each their own. Art has found many places to live which is great, but if you like painting live in the dark with a bunch of people dancing around you hey have a blast! Not for me. I have specifics on how a visual arts presentation in an environment where people might let loose with free drinks should be set up. It’s the organizer in me, and many who take event planning seriously.

Lastly, Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
Yes. Artists feel. You need art in your life to care about yourself, to care for others, and to care about the world around you. Only then can you have a real meaningful relationship with almost anyone and anything. When artists tap into the subconscious energy around them collectively their ideas then turn into an powerful expression that can fuel the world with light;)

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