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As you know now, our blog series Behind The Brush will feature many up and coming artist in the Metro Atlanta of various mediums.
Through various mediums artist can explore their creativity and tie them together to make one of kind creations.
In this interview we have artist Cris LaNeise whom we found through her creative take on incorporating various mediums in her artwork.
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[Destiny]: Thank you so much for taking the time your of your busy schedule to do this interview with us! Of course with your eclectic style of art, we want to know how you got started? Your background?
[Cris]: My background in art is pretty interesting. I didn’t start out in the visual art realm of creative arts. I was a writer for years. Attended the high school of arts in Jacksonville, FL for creative writing and all. It wasn’t until shortly after college I found my passion in visual arts (2012). I was a working a corporate job and just felt to routine. I had extreme writer's block for years so I decided to just express myself thru painting. I use to doodle often and found the fluidity of paint fascinating. it was love at first stroke. When I finished I put my work on IG just because of the joy I felt and everyone loved it. my favorite medium is acrylic and I think its because it's what I started with. it feels like home I guess.
[D]: Ayyye! Duvvval ! Just moved from Jacksonville (lol). Those of you who recognize that call , we can have Cris bring you up to speed. That’s a great way to transition from once creative medium to the other. In that transition I am pretty sure there's some navigation struggles . How do you navigate the art world?
[C]: The art world is so versatile there are so many ways to navigate. I think whenever you are passionate about something you should try to fully indulge yourself in it. So I have an art tribe in Atlanta who are my fellow creatives and we curate, inspire, create, and hold each other accountable for growth. I try to make sure most of the things I feed my mind is art related. my entire IG feed is art, a couple cousins, and Beyonce lol. I read books on navigating the art business aspect of things. I listen to some podcasts on how to find the right collectors and galleries for your work. I attend exhibits often by myself Im better with my creative mind in these moments. Most importantly constantly creating. I do not paint everyday but I do create everyday. Rather its ideas, concepts, or doodles I am creating. By staying busy with these things I think my navigation comes natural.
[D]: “Hold each other accountable for growth”, now that’s a word. I believe when we are building tribes it has to be an accountable tribe or its really no point. I love how you continue to create even outside your chosen medium. What do you find the hardest thing about navigating this journey.
[C]:The hardest thing is being consistent. Once I allow myself to to procrastinate on any of the things I listed I tend to procrastinate on all of them. When you’re a creative that's actually trying to make a living there is a constant battle of ego and soul in your work. Sometimes that ego gets hurt on the journey and it prolongs your navigation.
[D]: I never thought about it like that. We always hear we have to put our ego aside especially as a creative entrepreneur. Now that you are mastering consistency , you have been moving in these Atlanta streets and we love it! What fo you love most about being Atlanta as it relates to your art?
[C]: I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT ATLANTA FOR MY ART! I moved to Atlanta because my art had so much potential here. I was going back and forth from Jacksonville to Atlanta for shows and just realized this is where I needed to be if this is what I wanted to be. I love my hometown (Duval County) but Atlanta has been able to open doors I literally thought were unimaginable.
[D]: We are so much alike in our journey. A House Called Hue was originally started in Jacksonville, FL on the Southside to be exact, (under a different name and mission) but I am originally from Atlanta, GA and I knew I want to bring my rebrand back to my hometown because of the ability to connect and of course the trends/movements. Is there any trends in the Atlanta art world you like or dislike?
[C]: Im not going to say particular in Atlanta Art but there are trends in the art world. I think trends are for comfort. Most artists including myself when you start off you easily get tied into the trends because it is safe and you haven’t found your style yet.
[D]: I understand. I think that happens especially when you are just starting out and then if you don’t pivot you will only be known for being apart of trends. Staying out of trends must have gotten easy for as you have a message for your art. What role do you hope to fill with your art?
[C]: I want my art to IMPACT, INFLUENCE, and IGNITE. I want my art to live longer than me. I want it to be able to speak for our time. To tell the story of my eyes.
[D]: Do you feel you have achieved these roles yet?
[C]: Often times i am so worried on what I am doing wrong that I don’t take the time to appreciate the things I have done right. I actually feel this all the time. The universe will work in your favor when your heart is in the right place with your passion.
[D]: Trust me you never know who is watching and admiring your work so you may have already standed the test of time! Younger Cris would definitely be proud of where you are now. What would you have told her 5 years ago?
[C]: The moment you’re willing to get uncomfortable is the moment you will begin to meet the Cris in your dreams. Quit worrying and start living for real!
[D]: No doubt! Thank you again for pushing your creativity for all of us to enjoy. We have to get back to Duval one day to check out some of the new art exhibits
You can find Cris on Instagram @crislaniese and on her website www.crislaniese.me