Our featured artist of the month, Heidi, took the time to answer questions about her art:
How did you hear about Black Star Co-op?
I have been in Austin for 20 years. A friend told me that a co-op brewery would be opening in Crestview and I was super excited. This area didn't really have much in the way of great local hangouts at the time.
What inspires you to create?
I am inspired to create because I am alive. I have so many emotions and experiences and art making feels like a good way to record some of that. I think my art is my spiritual practice. I had postpartum depression after my daughter was born and I discovered that I needed to really "follow my bliss." For me, that means spending more time making art and exploring the connections between spirituality and art.
What is your medium?
I use a variety of media, by recently I have been using a lot of watercolor.
What does your art represent?
Most of the art in this show is related to my own personal meditation experience. I do a lot of totem animals because I had a powerful experience at a sweat lodge several years ago. I often paint them to represent light and darkness because I believe we come to wholeness by embracing our shadow side and inner light. I am an eternal optimist so I generally paint the animals as if they are heading towards the light. I tend to think we all have that choice to make, to be held down by inertia or evolve. I myself I committed to evolving and using challenges as a stepping stone to become a better person.
Can you name one artist we should check out.
Name one artist to check out! That is a hard one. I have been really fascinated with a photographer out of Austin named Emily Blincoe as of recent. She takes pictures of collections of things she finds in her travels. She went on a beach walk and collected everything. She found along the shore. She arranged them on the beach by color gradient. It was so stunning how she could make such a stunning piece of work of of bits of broken beach toys and beer caps. I like the idea that we can work a sort of alchemy with trash as artists. She takes things that seem unremarkable and turns them into awe inspiring experiences.