INTERVIEWS

2020-2021

February 6, 2021

Samantha Charboneau-Mudd (she/her)


Do the genres you read correlate with the ones that you write?


Mostly not. My most recent books, who really don’t relate to my writing, are books like “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” and “The Last Days of the Romanovs.” However, I’ve been reading “Alice in Wonderland” for my book club, which could be described as one of the books that actually influenced my style of writing. I really enjoy the whimsical yet dark aspects of the story.


Did you read poetry as a child? If so, who did you read and how did they influence you?


I actually didn’t read much poetry when I was younger. But like every kid, I had read my fair share of Shel Silverstein, and I’d like to do something similar to his work some day. Getting into poetry was kind of sudden for me, and it started when someone randomly asked me to join the Slam Poetry club after school.


What is your writing process?


I actually almost never write outside of slam poetry club, I’ve probably only written two poems outside of it. They’re always in slam poetry club because I’ve never actually been moved to write, never, but I have 15 minutes I’m given to write so I might as well. When it actually comes to the writing itself, I write just random words that pop into my head at the beginning. Once one of them catches my head, it’s like, oh yeah, I’ll write that.



If you had an unlimited amount of time, would you want to write a full scale novel? If not, what kind of writing would you create?


I would say no because I’m actually terrified of writing. But I would love to learn how to write a movie screenplay, because I aspire to become a director. One of the big things that always shoots down directors is a bad screenplay, so I would love to not rely on other people for a good one. A movie I take inspiration from is Jawbreaker, kind of a dark satire kind of film. I love Jawbreaker, but I really want to do animated movies. If I ever get rich, I’m starting my own animation music studio. I like the idea of making something similar to Tim Burton but I think as a person he’s just weird and kind of sexist. Another thing I dislike is none of his stories are about being an outsider and trying to accept yourself; it’s about being an outsider and trying to get into the insider group, and that’s kind of strange to me.


If you could pick anywhere in the world to write, where would it be and why?


Definitely a rented house where I can move around a lot. It doesn’t have to be on the floor, but I’d personally prefer it because I live in a second story right now where I’m constantly scared of walking and disturbing my downstairs neighbors.


Would that location change if it were to create art?


For art, I’d really love to do an artist residency in as many countries as possible. I feel like I have a strong preference for those specifically who have a strong folk culture, as it’s something that inspires me in my work.

that my writing is all over the place: when I’m really inspired or excited, I tend to jump around and write sentences out of order, and whenever an idea strikes, whether it be at 2pm or 2 am, I feel drawn to quickly write it down!


Which artists have you looked up to? Do they influence your art style?


Frida Kahlo is a big one. A lot of people are inspired by her and do portraits of her. However, even though they’re creating Kahlo, I think the most valuable way to recognize her is to do your own self portrait. I think it’s a way to pay homage to Frida because she wanted to explore her space in her own world, such as when she made Self Portrait with Cropped Hair after divorcing Diego Rivera. Diego had always loved her beautiful long glossy black hair and so in that portrait, she showed herself with it all chopped off in a men’s suit, with hair just lying everywhere to say “I am apart from you and I am okay with that.”

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Which art medium is your favorite?


Definitely colored pencil. Almost everything I do is in colored pencil, but I’ve just started learning how to paint because I’d like to finish pieces a lot faster. I remember a couple years ago I was volunteering at the library for hours every day, so I would come up to the ladies that worked there and say “Hey, you have a pet right?” to try and get commissions to save up for various summer camps. A ton of people refused me, but once someone finally said yes I felt a lot of pressure to make it perfect. With colored pencils, I feel like I have so much control where every stroke of fur can be drawn perfectly. I felt a lot more confident working in that medium. After I finished my first commission, more and more people began asking and I realized how much I enjoyed working in colored pencil even more.


What is your favorite piece of art you’ve made so far?


So I made these dolls, and they were supposed to be a collaboration with another artist on Instagram who’s a lot more well known than me. They make dolls too, and I had suggested that they make a snowflake doll for Christmas but they had wanted me to do it, so we ended up just making some together. The headdresses on the dolls came about after seeing the concept art for Elsa from frozen who had this giant snowflake headdress that I loved. Personally, I think it’s a lot better than what was used in the final movie, which to me was quite boring. But after I started making them and showing them to people, people would tell me how Russian they looked. It turns out I had actually made a kokoshnik, which is a traditional Russian headdress. I also took inspiration from the Dutch but overall they had turned out much more Russian than I had expected.

April 13, 2021

Rachel Hurt (she/her)


Tell me what inspired you to start creating. Does it come from a family member, peer, famous artist? What do you do when you get an art block?


When I was in second grade, I used writing as an escape from reality: to bring magical worlds born in my imagination to life. I was constantly writing under the desk when my teachers weren’t looking, simply because of how much it excited me.

When I get a writer’s block, I like to pretend that I’m interviewing the characters of my story, letting them tell me who they are, and what makes their heartbeats dance. By letting my characters tell me how the story unfolds, rather than trying to force it, my writing usually becomes a whole lot more interesting. I love using this tactic before I decide to write, but other times I will just write and write nonsense until I eventually strike the gold hidden beneath it all.


Tell me where your favorite place is and what time you generally make your best art.


Hawaii and my bedroom - early morning or late at night.


Is your art meticulous or all over the place?


I find that my writing is all over the place: when I’m really inspired or excited, I tend to jump around and write sentences out of order, and whenever an idea strikes, whether it be at 2pm or 2 am, I feel drawn to quickly write it down!


Can you explain your style of art in 100 words or less?


I love writing that connects to each of its readers in a unique and personal way, so I try to be honest in my writing. I really enjoy writing whimsical and creative stories or poems that can almost reach through the pages and allow their readers to feel the true magic words are capable of creating. I tend to gravitate towards incorporating inspirational stories or embedded lessons and morals within my work, because I feel every piece of art and literature alike have a deeper meaning wandering beneath the surface.


Is art your primary passion or does another hobby overrule it?


Honestly, sometimes writing can be scary to me - because of both external and internal pressures. I usually find myself avoiding tasks when I feel like I’m writing for other people, rather than myself, so though my love and passion for writing burns strong, I don’t always tend to its flames. I also spend lots of my time playing tennis!


Do you see yourself pursuing art in college?


One of my dreams is to change the world for the better through my writing - especially in regards to helping people realize their worth - so yes! I definitely see myself pursuing writing in college!


Do you feel your art is a useful skill or just a fun hobby?


One of the reasons I love writing so much is because it can transport feelings that can pull raw beauty and emotion out of the soul’s of those who read it. I think the power a writer has is unmatched: to be able to yield the power that enables individuals to see the world in different hues, to make people see through the eyes of a single beholder - the eyes of the writer themselves is truly a gift. People thousands of miles away can be touched in ways they wouldn’t dare to explore on their own. A writer is essentially a shapeshifter, luring thoughts previously lost and lurking within readers’ souls, and hearts, out into the open to be toyed with. To me, writing is a powerful divinity of a gift, that, if properly captivated, has the potential to change the ways of the world.


Tell me about your favorite artist.


Currently, my favorite author is Glennon Doyle. I feel connected to her as I read her work, and empowered through her writing. She shares personal stories, and expresses ideas of female empowerment, self-love, and inner-beauty in such an inspiring and fun-to-read way - truly a breath of fresh air that’s extremely light and easy to take in.


Tell me about the piece you're most proud of? Why?


The work I am most proud of would be my book, the ‘Guardians of the Forest’. It has yet to be published but I have sold over a thousand copies as limited editions, and am so excited for what’s to come: hopefully publishing! This story was written into existence through the expression of matters extremely close to my heart - inner beauty and self-love.


**Spoiler alert!** The main character of this tale is a hornless unicorn named Auberon, who wishes very badly to receive his horn as a solution to all of his problems. He’ll finally be the most beautiful, “truest” version of himself, and will fit in with the other unicorns, at long last. He embarks on a journey with the help of a bluebird, Willow, and encounters many influential characters - including the Ugly Duckling - who help him see his true value. He does in fact get his horn, but only when he learns to truly love and accept himself for who he is without one.


We all have our horns - burning, longing desires within us that stem from numerous matters like comparison, or loneliness, for example. At first, I just wrote this story for fun and entertainment, but now my ultimate goal with my book is to spread its messages to young, impressionable children - hopefully affecting them subconsciously at a minimum, and allowing them to see the value of the true beauty and worth that lies within everyone.


2017

September 28, 2017

Iglooghost

A UK based, electronic musician and producer. His first EP was released on Flying Lotus's label, Brainfeeder, two years ago when he was eighteen. Now he has produced for many different artists, released multiple EPs and now is coming out with his first full length album on September 29th.

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