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Art & Life with El Meaux

Today we’d like to introduce you to El Meaux.

El Meaux, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. My father is an expert ceramicist and my mother, an expert painter, crafter… just about anything else in that field.

In my life, so far, I’ve won a few awards, instructed others in how to better paint and sculpt, and created a LOT of two-dimensional work.

Although I’ve been making art for 18 or so years, I really struggled to put meaning to my work and it was only until recently that I felt I should be making pieces that got people talking about the state of drug use and enforcement in the United States.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Most of my work is in acrylic because it’s a more affordable alternative to other media, and I grew up with a couple of great teachers in the household.

My mom was a big fan of the impressionists and surrealists. So, I ended up really enjoying Van Gogh and M.C. Escher and, as a result, started getting into some ‘dreamscapey’ weird stuff that eventually culminated into my fascination with the counter-culture psychedelic artists of the 1960s & ’70s.

As for takeaways from my art, I feel that we are in a very similar point in American history as we were in the Nixon era. With marijuana being legalized in so many places and addictions caused by legal pharmaceuticals, people are really starting to reconsider the value of the war on drugs and I think it’s important that we do.

In addition, important aspects that I feel influence my work are: environmentalism, spirituality, music, illusory motion/visual perception.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I think meetup can be a great resource for anyone feeling lonely, oftentimes, there are several groups that you can take part in your area. I think the toughest part for most is actually being motivated enough to get yourself up and go to these sorts of things. To that, I say… coffee, lots and lots of coffee.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
For physical exhibitions, I currently have an exhibit on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis!

Online, my work can be found on social media under the tag: El Meaux. I have an Etsy account which I am currently clearing inventory for, but will restock soon! Any other purchasing questions can be sent to my email: themindsisle@gmail.com.

I also have a ko-fi account which allows you to donate to support my work at the price of a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/Z8Z4HSAL.

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Image Credit:
Michelle Lorraine Richardson

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1 Comment

  1. Mary Kay latzka

    December 6, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Awsome article of Avery multi .media creative intellectual thought provoking artist!

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