Interview with Menna Siwan

AA: So, I hear you're an artist. What was your experience growing up, and later, your experience as a feminist artist in Wales? 
MS: My grandparents played a huge part in my childhood, and seeing the way my grandmother behaved, it was made clear to me that the woman’s role was at home. My own parents were quite different – they weren’t afraid to go against the norm. I feel like I’m an amalgamation of both generations. As a feminist artist, I am able to express both sides of myself, one as an expression of succumbing and the other as an opposition against the structures set for us as women. Growing up in Wales near the Valleys, women as housekeepers were not, and continue not to be uncommon. On the other hand, more and more feminist artists are appearing in the country, which makes me both in good company and proud.  

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Interview with Michelle Hinebrook

AA: So, I hear you’re an artist. What was your childhood like and were you always creative? 

MH: My childhood. What a big question!
During my childhood, I did not have much exposure to art. One significant "ah hah! moment" happened in the car with my mother. She taught me how to draw Snoopy, and it was mind-blowing.

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Interview with Julia Betts

AA: So, I hear you’re an artist. How did you discover that being an artist is what you wanted to pursue?

JB: I originally went to the University of Pittsburgh with the intention of being a sociology major, but, as I took art classes in college, I became more and more passionate about art. I realized I wanted to be a studio arts major in my sophomore year. I was unsure in college what I would do with my studio arts major. It felt very right to me to become a studio arts major and to commit to being an artist.

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Interview with Alyson Davies

AA: So, I hear you're an artist. How did you discover that you were a creative? 

AD: As the child who was voted to have drawn the worst tree of the whole class I may have been persuaded to quit art before starting, but I grew up with a slew of great female mentors being part of Girl Guides of Canada. It was in Guides that I quickly finished all the arts badges before any others. As a child I would regularly direct my cousins in stage (basement) performances of books. This led to a heavy interest in theatre as a teen. My dad is a great craftsman, a talented carpenter, and draftsman. I think it's in many ways through his influence as a maker of things that pushed my interests.

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Interview with Elaina Swanson

AA: So, I hear you're an artist. What is your first childhood memory involving art? 

ES: I remember always spending any free time in preschool digging through craft boxes of felt, cloth, and construction paper. I don't remember exactly when I started to sit down and try to draw because it feels like something I just always did

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Interview with Emmanuel Werthenschlag

AA: So, I hear you’re an artist. When did you first discover that being an artist is what you wanted to pursue?

EW: I knew I was serious about drawing in Kindergarten when I saw that my drawing of a dog in his house looked like a dog in his house and not a potato with hair. About being an artist, I'm still not sure what it means besides how it positions me with the people I meet outside of the 'art world' and allows me some behavioral looseness ("that's ok, the guy's an artist..."). I tried to be a scientist and I kept drawing or writing all the time, just couldn't stop. I guess that irrepressible need is what makes one an artist (or is it pathological?).

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