hey demis

i have a lot of love for you. you have it tough, but i want you to remember that you are SO special, SO unique! your experiences are valid and beautiful. you belong, and your voices deserve to be heard. keep being your seriously awesome selves and i hope you have a wonderful day!!! 💜

Interview: Mitszell

Today we’re joined by Mitszell. Mitszell is a wonderful and versatile visual artist who hasn’t met a medium she doesn’t like. Using a variety of different things, she creates some imaginative and striking imagery. There’s a hint of surrealism in some of her work, which is just delightful. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

My work is often mood driven, as is the medium I work with.  Today I may decide to work with markers.  Tomorrow digital.  Next week I may choose to melt things, or glue, or paint, or even break something just right.  

The best (and worst part) is my art has a mind of its own. It can often leave me feeling like I have little control over my projects.  I don’t really mind it though, and I definitely can’t argue with the results.

What inspires you?

Interesting art, photography, or other creative works.  I travel, take photos, read, cruise the internet, watch Netflix.  Inspiration is everywhere and I try to keep my eyes open so I don’t miss it. 

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I think I’ve been drawing and creating since I could hold a pencil.  I just never stopped.  

Seriously, it may be an actual compulsion or something.  

Don’t help me.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

No…  

But now I kinda want to.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Just make art.  Don’t worry about skill, or outcome.  Just sit down and make yourself create, the beauty and skill will appear organically.  Probably even catch you by surprise. 

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual, with panromantic tendencies.  

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

In my field?  Not so much.  Honestly, it hasn’t really come up.  I don’t hide being ace, then again I don’t go out of my way to tell everyone either. I think if I did encounter it I’d treat it like I do any other situation.  Depending on the circumstance and people involved, either ignore it, educate the people involved, or dust off some of my more colorful curse words.  

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Apparently this is all just a phase.  I’m expecting to snap out of it any day now.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

For some reason we seem to have this mythos in our community of: discover asexuality, realize not broken, suddenly all is better.  In my experience, it doesn’t always work that way.  At least it didn’t for me.  Sometimes you just feel like a puzzle piece dropped in the wrong box.  I still have days where I feel mishapened, and I’ve come to realize, that’s OK.  I’ve learned it’s OK to feel a little broken.  A little twisty.  Own it. Embrace the oddness.  Reject the box.  Believe me, it makes the world a much more interesting place.

Especially once you realize everyone else, is just as screwed up.  

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I post most of my work to Deviant Art:
mitszell.deviantart.com/gallery/
mitszell.deviantart.com

I also cross post to Tumblr (or post things solely here that don’t lend well to DA’s format).
mitszell.tumblr.com/

Thank you, Mitszell, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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Excerpts from Sex and the Significant Americans (1965)
"Whatever the cause and effect connection, it is in line with the self-description and self-analysis of a substantial minority of those whom we interviewed that the absence of a clear sexual valence in their lives is not the result of deliberate inhibition. “It’s never been that important to me – much less a problem”."

Short post with a few acey quotes from a 1960′s popular sexology book. This particular book wasn’t a particularly “important” one, but I think snippets like this make for neat little insights into the potential history of asexuality.