Art + Fashion + Music + Culture
Art + Fashion + Music + Culture
Can you tell us a little about yourself in your own words?
I am a Visual Artist, Creative Director, Stylist and more importantly, an irresponsible 21-year-old kid who is the queen of bad decisions and glitter gif making pro from Dublin, Ireland.
You have one of the most insane websites I’ve ever seen. Do you code?
Yesss, I am 99% nerd 1% cool!
How did you learn how?
I taught myself when I was thirteen through tutorials on YouTube and trial and error, really! I think once you’re curious and open to learning you can pretty much teach yourself anything.
I’m really interested in how people use code as art, do you feel you do that?
Yes, for sure! I’ve always grown up using my computer as my main medium to create work. I had no prior “art training” before going to art college at all, so I guess I always saw technology as my paintbrush.
When did you first get on the internet and when did you first use the internet to share your art?
I was on the internet at a very early age, maybe as young as seven? My dad fixes computers for a living so I grew up in a household surrounded by PC’s. He ran a little home business for a while, so we always had customers dropping off and collecting their laptops. I remember having to keep a few of the machines under my bed, as our house is so small and there was nowhere to put them. I used to stay up at night secretly playing games on this old pink laptop with a broken screen that was handed in thinking I was so high tech, aha! I started my first online magazine when I was 12 which I illustrated and designed and spammed around online; I guess that was the first time I used the internet in a creative way.
How do you build your styling looks?
Textures/colors/patterns all come very naturally to me; I respond to material instantly and always style how I would usually dress myself. I actually only first started combining my illustrative work with my shoots when I was working on an editorial for Jump From Paper and they mentioned that they were in awe with my Instagram and would love me to combine my skills. Since then I’ve done a lot of digital work for my shoots, it’s a lot of fun!
What’s it been like as the digital art director for Superhero Mag?
Amazing! I love it so much and I am so grateful for being able to share my work and connect with the nicest, coolest chicks and dudes online. I get contacted by so many fun people doing fun things all over the world and get so excited about collaborating with creatives abroad. So many talented young people!
What are some of the ideas you like to explore in your work?
The focus for my most recent installation works has been on fabricating identity. I am very interested in the relationship between costume and identity and find that working in the fashion industry has influenced and shaped the concepts I explore within my fine art practice. I feel physical appearance serves as a channel through which personality is manifested; it’s liberating to have the possibility of constructing your own identity!
What do you draw from to create your work?
My work is based on personal experiences; I tend to create work on whatever I’m thinking or feeling at that moment in time. Everyone is subconsciously influenced by what they see and who they interact with in daily life, so for me engaging with new places or people helps me to stay inspired and excited about what I do. I live a very fast-paced lifestyle and lose interest very easily, so it’s important for me to put myself in new situations and meet new people in order to create interesting work.
Do you think pop culture influences your creativity?
Yes, I would say pop culture has had a strong influence on my work. I grew up as a dancer and performer and then went on to work as a stylist, so I was always exposed to our mainstream views and ideals of beauty and women. It had a huge affect on me growing up and is the underlying concept in the majority of my work.
How has Instagram influenced the way you express yourself?
I owe a lot to Instagram and developing my online presence. It is hands down my favorite form of social media, as it’s purely visual (and so much fun!!). I see it as an open diary which has allowed me to express my personality in a way no other app has.
Do you consider yourself a digital artist?
For me, a digital artist is someone who uses technology as an essential part of their creative or presentation process. I definitely consider myself a digital artist; I would be lost without my laptop—best mate.
Top 5 favorite emojis?
Worst question eevvver I have so many! Okok…
Is there anything about your work you wish people knew?
IT IS HARD! Juggling between being an artist, creative director, stylist and trying to survive your early twenties takes a lot of time, effort, drive and dedication. It’s definitely a challenge, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
“I’m constantly thinking of ways to be closer to you, but all I have is my phone.”
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