Interview with Artist / Philece R | Edition XIII

How are you feeling at the start of this new year, any big plans for 2010?
I’m feeling pretty good, feeling strong. Looking forward to doing more art for non profit organizations and other great causes and possibly a solo
show in the works.

How do you describe your Art to people?
My art represents my growth as a woman and an artist. From things I have lived and seen, I simply create what I feel.

Who are some people you would like to work with?
Just the opportunity to collab with another creative gets me excited. To vibe off of and with the artistic energies of another regardless of their discipline works for me. I’m always open to that, doesn’t matter who if they love what they do.

How does music influence your work?
There was a time when being a dancer was just as important as my art. The “arts”, visual and performing, has been a part of my every being for as long as I can remember. I’m a self proclaimed “music junkie” and being a former dancer my work is heavily influenced by beats, rhythm and lyrics. Can’t help but feel the vibrations. It depends on my mood, or the piece I’m working on. Music can get me motivated on the slow days, get me through when I need it on an emotional piece, or simply keep me company, caressing my thoughts, connecting to the piece I’m working on. I’m listening to music right now.

How is the internet changing your craft?
Can’t say that the internet has changed my “craft” beyond allowing my art to be more accessible to a larger audience which is great. But it has most definitely aided in increasing my network of creative people.

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
No doubt. It’s important to my self expression and this world we live in.
Always has been and always will be. Art transcends time, distance, socioeconomic backgrounds with the ability to reach out and grasp and take hold. Art has been the record keeper of history, tragedy, love and stories untold. A timeless window of all the things that make this world go round as well as the things that has torn this world apart.

When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?

Nah. I took break from art for years and was a pre-med/microbiology major. But the call other known as passion is so great that it lets you know where you need to be. Been doing this a long time and my art has always been my “thing” that was all my own, completely about my love for all things creative. Went back to school, got my degree in Graphic Design and got that itch again. It seems my creative was just laying dormant for a while. I woke up one day after jumping back into some paint and a lot of whispering in my ear and decided it was time to share my lover with the world wholeheartedly.

Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
The way I see it is it’s more about myself as an artist sharing this ongoing, forever love affair I have with art. When that transfers to the viewer, they become voyeurs of my relationship with art. Love it or hate, either way they have an experience, and that’s what’s so dope about it. To say it “must” is too definitive for me.

Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
GROWTH. It’s never ending and I’m always on the hunt to expand with what I do and eventually through nurturing the talent of children by starting a Visual and Performing Arts program. Oh and of course to keep sharing my love as I enjoy this journey of living my Creative Truth!