Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassandra Pawk.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA where I started out as a young ballerina and performer. I moved to New York in 2012 to attend Fordham University at Lincoln Center where I studied art. I loved New York—it’s much easier to be yourself when other people aren’t paying much attention to you. When I graduated school, I worked in fashion and retail. I got my own studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn and I started to get serious with the types of art I could create. As I began to develop my style, I was accepted to an artist residency in France. This was it, I was ready to pursue art full time. Since then, I have made the residency at Chateau Orquevaux in France my temporary home. Currently, I am living in the servants’ quarters of the Chateau, working with the residency and creating full time in my studio there.
Please tell us about your art.
I love to use color, create texture and abuse my materials. With my artwork, I’m not afraid to show exactly how I feel, which is not always pretty. I started out painting and drawing because it was therapeutic; a way for me to escape reality, and it still is. But now, I think that the intense emotion in my artwork is something other people can relate to, and it has the potential to be therapeutic for them too.
One thing that has been hard for me is when people are really freaked out by my work.
“Why is your art so dark?”
“Your paintings are really scary.”
“What happened to you as a child?”
It’s upsetting to think that what’s inside my head is freaking people out, but emotional intensity doesn’t necessitate hyper-seriousness. I try to use my sense of humor in both my artwork and photographs and try not to take myself too seriously. Sometimes it is difficult to be vulnerable and show my ugly side to people, but I think there is so much beauty and humor in the absurd parts of life.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Everyone has their own definition of success. For me, creating things that people can connect to on an emotional level makes me extremely happy. I want to make art that can help people heal, or at the very least, make them laugh at something absurd. In order for me to reach more people, I will continue to take risks and to put my own personal experiences into my work.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ve been part of several group exhibitions over the past two years in New York City, and am hoping to show my work in Europe next. The best way to stay up to date on my work is through my (at times psychotic), Instagram: @cassieslilcorner.
My work can also be seen in person at my studio in Orquevaux, France. For inquiries about my work, you can contact me on my website www.cassiepawk.com or reach out to me on Instagram.
I have an upcoming show at Startup Art Fair in LA February 15-17 2019.
- Address: 18 Grande Rue
- Website: www.cassiepawk.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/cassieslilcorner
- Other: https://cassieslilcorner.bigcartel.com/
Koos Van Der Wat (photo of me in the grass)