Today we’re joined by Edea. Edea is a wonderful visual artist who is most passionate about photography. When she’s not out capturing the world in pictures, Edea also does a little visual art. She prefers working in digital media, but does dabble in traditional media as well. She’s an incredibly dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
My primary art form is photography actually but I also enjoy drawing very much too. Where photography is more seriously performed (school, courses etc.) drawing is more of a hobby really. Both I do more in the digital field but I also once in a while use traditional ways of creating photos and illustrations.
I also write a little but not very well, it’s just never been as natural as for example drawing.
What inspires you?
Other people for the most part. Although, this depends on which one I’m doing. When I draw its mostly other people’s art that motivates me to draw myself. When it comes to photography it’s more likely that the moment I’m in inspires me to take the shot. I see something pleasing so I take a photo of it.
Also my family is a big motivator; all my siblings are very talented musically, one of them even artistically so they always make me strive for better art.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
To be honest I’ve always drawn but photography became a part of my life when I got depressed in high school. It was a way of releasing stress; beauty has always had a positive effect on me.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not really, but I often use black and a vivid shade of red (blue) in my paintings. They are very recognizable – or at least that’s how I like to think about it-.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t let other people tell you that you can’t improve. Do you! Try things that seem difficult. Challenge yourself.
And please do not worry about likes/follows/reblogs. They are not that important, the main thing is that YOU are happy with what you’re doing.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m a biromantic asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Well, I don’t talk about it that much but when I do people mostly tell me how sad things must be for my boyfriend and that they couldn’t be with someone like me. Many have also told me to get “professional” help.
I’m bad at ignoring it but also too fed up to educate everyone on the issue. Mostly it gets to the point where I have to but sometimes people who have no will to even try to understand just make me so angry that I leave the matter be.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That one is somehow sick or that too immature and that’s why they identify as asexual . Often people also think that one is incapable of love.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
If you have somebody that you can trust, then try to talk with them if you’re insecure or afraid. It might take some time that you yourself are comfortable with who you are so in the meantime try to make things as easy as possible. Just remember, you aren’t broken, there’s no need to ‘fix’ your sexuality.
It’s going to be okay.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Oh and Tumblr too! I’m always happy to talk with you about art and everything else so don’t hesitate to contact me!
Thank you, Edea, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.