Excerpt from interview with Vanessa Maki
Q: What are some of your favorite cultural influences, ones that have impacted you the most as a person and as an artist?
A: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one influence but also Euphoria as well as other entertainment I consume. On another note I’m hoping to create more work that’s more “dark” and very drenched in horror.
Q: How do you compare the exploration of these
topics in visual art versus the written word?
A: Well, with writing it’s a lot easier to get your point across, but with visual art it’s a different process and experience. Though with any form of creation, whether it’s writing or visual art, there’s always a chance a person may see something else than your original intention.
Q: Could you share some details of your process of creating a mixed media collage? How do you decide which colors and images to use? What are some of the magazines you go to for material?
A: Sometimes I wait for ideas to come to me or I'll be flipping through any magazines I have and will be hit with one. In terms of the colors or images I use — it really depends on what I'm going for. I use fashion magazines for now.
Q: Sexuality, eroticism, and love also are a theme in many of the pieces in your portfolio ("searching for something," "desires," "fire/lust.") Could you share some of your thoughts on each of these pieces (if they are still available for purchase)?
A: “searching for something” is one of my more softer pieces, especially with the pink and simplicity in terms of color choice. It’s meant to be tender and almost daydreamy like a soft (maybe even naive) approach to searching for romance etc.
“desires” is a straight-to-the-point type of piece and it’s meant to make someone think of sex/raw desires. Originally it was a totally different piece on a totally separate canvas. I was able to recreate my original idea/piece and make it into a better one altogether.
“fire/lust” was supposed to go in a different direction but last minute I came up with another idea. Considering the base of it is an oil painting, there’s a texture to it that I really like. I wanted it to resemble fire (also the song Fire We Make - Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell sparked the initial inspiration) and to be bold I made sure the word “lust” was a border.
All three pieces are still available for purchase and need homes.