Q&A with the Emerging Artist — Annie Michaela Mitev

This interview is part of a series of interviews Etch Collective has been putting together this past year. If you’re an emerging artist or just someone interested in the arts, we hope you can derive inspiration from these short question and answers by actual emerging artist from across the globe. Our goal is to create inspiration for you to go out and explore your own creative endeavour.

Annie Michaela Mitev is a 21 year old graphic design student at Oregon State University

Etch: How long have you been involved in the art scene and what makes you intrigued with it?

Annie: I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. Making art and looking at other peoples art is pretty addicting to me.

E: Do you think art/creativity has inspired you or has broadened your life and if so, in what ways?

A: Art has definitely inspired my life. To me making art is a way of understanding the world. I sometimes lose track if I am making my pictures, or if they are making me.

E: What, artist (musician, painter, sculptor, author) dead or alive, inspires you to create the things you do?

A: I get really inspired by books and poetry and music a lot. I think I get inspired by every form of art, from the people around me and just from life itself. Some of the artists that have inspired me the most are Frank O’Hara, Shane Koyczan, Regina Spektor, and John William Waterhouse.

E: What is your creative process? How do you get in the zone for your creativity? (what are your rituals, habits?)

A: I’m the most creative when I can seclude in my room, in my special space with some good music. I draw and paint whenever I have a spare moment. If I didn’t have to sleep I would probably make art all night.

E: If you’ve learned one thing through your creative life, what would you tell aspiring young artists ?

A: Don’t be afraid to put yourself in your art. But also don’t be afraid to copy other people’s styles and incorporate them into your own when you’re first learning. Finding your own style can be difficult and scary, and sometimes you have to sound like other people before you can find your own voice.

E: If you could tell your 5-year-old self today a lesson you’ve learned by being an artist what would that be? (in other words:what is something you’ve learned now that you wish you had known growing up?

A: I would tell myself not to take the advice and opinions of people so seriously. If someone tells you that what you’re doing isn’t “real art,” or is against the rules, then they don’t understand what art is about. To me art is about pushing the limits of what was previously thought possible and not everyone is going to like what you do, so if it’s real to you than it’s real art as far as I’m concerned.

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