lunedì 25 aprile 2011

Interview with Loretta Gonzalez

q)Who are you? Where are you from and where do you live now?

a)Hello, My name is Loretta G. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and currently live in Dallas, Texas

q)What is it that you do? What media do you use?

a)I am a mother, wife, elementary art educator, and an underground artist. My choice of media is oil on panel.

q)What do you think sets your work apart?

a)What sets my work apart from other artist is confronting subject matter most people choose to “sweep under the rug”.

q)How long have you been showing your work for? Did you have a “big break?”

a)I have not been showing my work for too long. I consider myself a fairly new artist.
I returned to school at a later time in my life, where I discovered I could paint.
I have been showing my work for three years after graduation. I have been showing in Dallas,
Texas and Los Angeles, California, but I have yet to get my “big break”.

q)What are some things that have inspired you?

a)Being a mother, my childhood experiences, and giving a voice to children that have no voice.
Artist that inspire me are Henry Darger, Mark Ryden, and Edward Gorey to name a few.

q)What have you been working on recently?

a) I am currently working on a series titled, I LOVE YOU TO DEATH.
These paintings deal with a worldwide epidemic of mothers who kill their children.
A couple of reasons are because mothers believe God has told them to kill their children,
and sometimes it is simply to get rid of what they might consider to be extra baggage, and sometimes for greed.

q)Do you listen to music while you create your work? If so, would you give some examples?

a) Sometimes I listen to music. Alternative music, nothing in particular.
I also work with the television on, or I rent a movie so that I have background noise to keep me company while I am painting.

q)Do you do work in any other media? Other projects not necessarily related to your main body of

a)I also work in acrylic, metal, and clay but have not found the time to develop an idea that calls for alternative mediums.
I need to produce paintings so that I can increase my body of work in oil.

q)What advice do you have for artists looking to show their work?

a)It is important to find your place in the art world. A few questions to ask your self might be…
Who is your target audience? Where do you feel most comfortable? Do your peers inspire you?
Be diligent about keeping up with the art world and continue to submit your work. Don’t give up.

q)Do you have any upcoming exhibitions of your work that you can mention?

a)Dark and Lovely, The Kettle Gallery, Dallas, Texas, May 26 thru June 16.
Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center, November 11,12,13

q)Where can people see more of your work on the internet?