Art Words

Three women, three me­dia, three in­ter­pre­ta­tions of why art mat­ters in to­day’s world.

Fashion (Canada) - - People - By Meghan McKenna

KALEY FLOW­ERS

Lo­ca­tion: Toronto In­sta han­dle: @ka­leyflow­ers Medium: Ceram­ics

When did you start call­ing your­self an artist? “I can’t ex­actly re­mem­ber when—I’ve been keen on draw­ing and craft­ing since I was very young. I didn’t con­sider my­self a pro­fes­sional artist un­til after I grad­u­ated from OCAD in 2015.” What do peo­ple think your art is try­ing to say? “Peo­ple of­ten tell me that my work makes them happy—that it is fun, thought­ful and a unique ap­proach to ceram­ics.” What are you try­ing to say with your art? “My art is all about rein­ter­pret­ing the craft of ceram­ics, which is deeply rooted in rich, di­verse tra­di­tions. My in­ter­est in dig­i­tal cul­ture, how­ever, has led me to use clay as a ma­te­rial to so­lid­ify the ephemeral, fleet­ing na­ture of tech­nol­ogy into tan­gi­ble ob­jects.” How do you see the world dif­fer­ently than oth­ers? “I try to be mind­ful and pos­i­tive but also aware and crit­i­cal of the com­plex­i­ties of ev­ery­thing. It’s im­por­tant to es­cape that per­sonal bub­ble from time to time.”

MARIA JOSE GOVEA

Lo­ca­tion: Los An­ge­les In­sta han­dle: @the­su­per­ma­niak Medium: Photography

When did you start call­ing your­self an artist? “The kind of work I do is cer­tainly on the artis­tic spec­trum of photography, but I’ve al­ways been more com­fort­able call­ing my­self a pho­tog­ra­pher. It’s more prac­ti­cal.” What are you try­ing to say with your art? “I try to cap­ture raw en­ergy and beauty in mo­tion.” How do you see the world dif­fer­ently than oth­ers? “We all see the world dif­fer­ently. I just fig­ured out how to use my cam­era to show my point of view and what I think is pretty, pow­er­ful, hon­est, im­por­tant.” Why does art mat­ter? “Be­cause it’s an in­cred­i­ble tool to ex­press our hu­man con­di­tion.”

QUINN ROCKLIFF

Lo­ca­tion: Toronto In­sta han­dle: @quin­nrock­liff Medium: In­ter­dis­ci­plinary

When did you start call­ing your­self an artist? “Call­ing your­self an artist is like promis­ing your­self to keep cre­at­ing long term, so mak­ing art part of my iden­tity was an im­por­tant mo­ment of de­cid­ing to use my artis­tic prac­tice and ex­pe­ri­ences to un­pack both my per­sonal trau­mas and my re­flec­tions on women’s is­sues in so­ci­ety.” What do peo­ple think your art is try­ing to say? “Most peo­ple still equate nu­dity with sex­u­al­ity, but in a time when im­ages are shared so freely—and of­ten with­out con­sent or a con­text—I’m try­ing to get peo­ple to think crit­i­cally about the link be­tween those two things.” What are you try­ing to say with your art? “The nu­dity por­trayed in my work is not only about sex­u­al­ity; it’s about own­ing your own im­age and con­sent and controlling how the im­age is shared and viewed by oth­ers.” Why does art mat­ter? “I hope that my work sparks con­ver­sa­tion and re­flec­tion.”

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