“I really believe in the idea that anything can be art, and some of the most mundane things can be the most beautiful. For me the issue is slowing down enough to notice them.“
When and where were you born?
Los Angeles, CA
Where do you currently live and work?
New York, NY
How long have you been practicing your craft?
I’ve been working with sharpies and collage and playing with a lot of similar ideas and images for the last nine years.
What inspires you?
I really believe in the idea that anything can be art. And some of the most mundane things can be the most beautiful. For me the issue is slowing down enough to notice them. And the great thing about seeing art everywhere is that it forces me not to live on autopilot but to actually be in the moment. I love Orbit™ gum wrappers, tissue boxes, and wrapping paper. I’m a complete nightmare over the holidays. I make my entire family save all their wrapping paper. I think the best present would just be wrapped up wrapping paper. In terms of artists who inspire me I love Jim Hodges, Yayoi Kusama, Rothko, and Keith Haring.
How would you describe your style
I’m a neurotic perfectionist and I make neurotic perfectionist art. My art has really helped me channel some of my more destructive personality traits into something productive and healthy. I love color and I love small, intricate details. I like using one idea, like birds or circles, and morphing and stretching it across many different pieces and seeing how it can change and be reimagined. I also like using multiple layers. So that viewers notice more and more of the detail the longer they look. I have a type A personality so I like having a structure and routine around my work.
What has been a defining moment in your career?
I think the defining moment for me was when I finally saw myself as an artist. For a long time I felt like an imposter, like I was just playing at being an artist. I was at a conference in October, and we were all given tags with our name and profession. Mine said “Isabella Huffington, Artist” and that’s when I finally believed I really was an artist.
What are your future plans?
I’m really interested in collapsing the boundaries between fine art and the everyday. My friends always joke that I’m always talking about how much I want to put my art on coasters but I really do. I think it’s important for everyday objects to be beautiful and interesting instead of just utilitarian.
Can you leave us with some parting words or advice?
For any introverts I’d say don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. The worst someone can say is no. And for me it was important to realize that 10 doors might close before one would open. And that nine out of every 10 people might not get what you’re doing, but you’re not doing it for the nine who don’t get it, you’re doing it for the people who do get it.
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