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 creative spectrum, we hope you derive inspiration from these short question and answers by real emerging artist from across the globe. From this renewed inspiration, we hope that you to go out and explore your own creative pursuits.
Dario DiGiulio is an architecture student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Etch: How long have you been involved in the art scene and what makes you intrigued with it?
Dario: I’ve always been somewhat involved in art, with my “professional” start coming from teaching classes through a local organization (Nimbus Arts) throughout high school. The most intriguing thing about art to me is the diversity within the field. The work people produce can vary based on their background, lifestyle, and chosen media, leading to the infinite field of creativity that we value as art.
E: Do you think art/creativity has inspired you or has broadened your life and if so, in what ways?
D: Absolutely. I’ve met some of the most interesting people I know through art, and it has certainly served me well in entertaining myself over the years.
E: What, artist (musician, painter, sculptor, author) dead or alive, inspires you to create the things you do?
D: I can’t really point to a particular artist that gets me going creatively, but I draw inspiration from plethora of talented people. Anything from the classics to modern street work can be amazing, and I find my tastes change depending on how I’m feeling.
E: What is your creative process? How do you get in the zone for your creativity? (what are your rituals, habits?)
D: I like to listen to podcasts while I work, but that’s just because I like noise. Typically I’ll just start working on something, and I won’t necessarily have a direction in mind; if I do have an objective it’s pretty vague. I often find myself getting into the zone and just busting something out in a few hours, if I have the time.
E: If you’ve learned one thing through your creative life, what would you tell aspiring young artists ?
D: Don’t get stuck working in the same style for too long. If you have a certain look or technique you really love, stick with it, but try to push yourself into uncomfortable projects as often as you can.
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