aubrey loftus

INTERVIEW: AUBREY LOFTUS

photography by: Rosie Simmons — interview by: Mariella Saldutti

Tell me about Goldilocks Gallery!  Goldilocks is this awesome place with this sort of classic vibe. It’s like the Chelsea Hotel or something. I feel like the people here are truly characters in the up-and-coming story of art. We work hard. We inspire each other. And sometimes we collaborate and it feels like this totally harmonious thing. But we’re all always moving and trying new methods and mediums which is what’s really inspiring.   Do you have to be invited to live there? How did you find out about the gallery? I found out about Goldilocks through craigslist in the midst of a weird emotional time in my life. I really decided it was the only option for moving forward. You basically have a little interview of sorts with Kamal, who founded the space. You fill out an application and if you seem like you’re going to make the best of the opportunity and the space you’re pretty much welcome to work or stay.    Wow, I’m so intrigued, it sounds like heaven! I want to move in! Describe your art style in three words:  Ha! Yeah, it’s really a cool place to be a part of. Well I think as the overall aesthetic that seems to manifest itself in everything I create I would say: Eclectic, Positive & Pop.   What is the strangest medium you’ve used for your art? Fashion-wise I’ve done some pretty silly stuff. I made a dress out of tiny collaged triangles. It wasn’t excessively weird but definitely impractical and it took ages to make. But I see so many things as accessories with outfits. Like sometimes an apple can just be the perfect accessory. And it’s fleeting, ya know? It makes me feel like I’m part of a performance piece or something. Ha.   What projects are you getting into this summer and what do you hope to accomplish? Well this summer is really the first summer I really plan on engulfing myself in my fashion endeavors. Next Sunday I’m throwing a pop up shop at Goldilocks with two girls who just graduated from Moore for fashion design. It’s sort of my intention to get a lot of people involved in the shop, which I hope to have a few more of over the summer, and maybe have some cool themed events at the gallery. I’m so grateful to have the talented eyes of Camille and Maddie and so many other artists in my repertoire and I really hope to bring all these people together in a way that benefits everyone and let’s us really be immersed in our passions. I want to keep making signs and get a little better at that skill. Those are my biggest goals, to make the best of my time and talents and find out where forward is so I can go there.   Who and what inspires you specifically and helped you get to where you are today?  My biggest inspirations are often characters with a strong sense of self: Brigitte Bardot in “And God Created Woman,” Anna Karina in “Une Femme est Une Femme.” I think style, in visual arts and in terms of fashion, comes largely from personality. Patti Smith is a huge inspiration because she worked through hard times and created something from it that she never thought she would. I really appreciate people who can overcome great odds stacked against them. Support helps a lot though, as well as being a person who is willing to educate themselves. I think having supportive family and people around me has really been what’s allowed me to develop. My parents are also very big on kindness which I feel fortunate to have learned. I don’t think people truly realize the effect kindness can have on your life. It really makes things find motion.   If you could do anything you wanted career wise, what would you choose to do?  I have some crazy dreams, which mostly include collecting vintage clothes and sharing them with people, hopefully allowing people to feel as comfortable and and confident as possible. I want to see people take more risks artistically because I think that’s how art changes and retains its’ value. Having a bold sense of style has given me the confidence to live my life with more joi de vivre. I want to create less waste in the fashion world. I think I’m still trying to figure this out. Ha. But sometimes I wake up and think maybe I am living the best career possible. Even if that means working at things that aren’t necessarily my art form of choice. But I think there’s value in any job you do.   If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?  Well I would love to style a film for Godard probably. I just love the way he sees the world. And maybe do a really cool crazy thing with Yayoi Kusama. Some sort of fashion combined installation. Ha. I think that’s my favorite combination of things. 60’s pop that just overcomes a place and really let’s people feel like they’re a part of it. Hopefully I can create something that combines those things.   If it could rain any kind of food what would you wish for?  I wish it would rain gouda or mozzarella or just assorted cheeses. It would keep me from spending tons of money on cheese every week. Haha.    CLICK HERE to check out her online shop

Braless, Lawless, Aubrey Loftus

For my creativity class, I was assigned to interview someone who inspires me. There is nobody on this planet that inspires me more than the Aubrey Loftus. I went deep to find these questions, and she went deeper to answer them. Enjoy!

  1. Why are you an artist?

I’m an artist because I feel like art is what moves people. It allows you to have a certain hold on the world. I think people are really over stimulated by bad and frivolous media and by creating an alternative, you can change a negative narrative.

  1. What inspires you?

I’m inspired by culture and trends of the past and how they fit and clash with that of the present. The fact that various revolutionary periods made us into this eclectic thing is really beautiful and amazing.

  1. Why do you feel you gravitate towards boy problems and girly issues?

I see problems as things that shape us. We are truly finding something good within ourselves when we work to find solutions. It’s good to use negativity to push us forward into becoming something better.

  1. I know you love cheese, do you think it helps inspire you?

Food is a necessity and an indulgence. When you are able to fill a need and trigger something positive great things are bound to happen, so yeah, definitely.

  1. Any experiences in your life that made you who you are?

When I was a teenager, I used to go on a lot of private journeys. I would get really dressed up and ride my bike or take my parents’ car or walk somewhere. I’d bring music and a notebook or a sketchbook and try to let things hit me, really in any way. I think that helped me be more touched by my surroundings. My family also traveled for a week or two every year and I found out how interesting the world was when you engulf yourself in it. I was always sad but I tried to come to terms with that. My family was really patient. I realized I was lucky and I think being an artist is a way of using that luck.

  1. Do you think of yourself as inspirational?

It’s exciting when you see people around you wanting to be on board with your ideas. I do realize though I owe so much to so many others. I think if a young person saw the movies I saw, or read the books I read, and so on, they would be inspired also. Maybe. I don’t think I’m there yet, but I hope to be one day.

  1. 5 words to describe yourself?

Silly, eccentric, intuitive, dark, overwhelmed.

  1. Let’s pretend reality doesn’t exist. where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If money and resources were less of an issue, I would love to see my pop-up shop on the road. Ideally in galleries across America, reaching out to artists there and having designers truly want to take part in advocating self-confidence and individuality in young people. Or maybe I’d do that for the next couple years and in five years take some time off to live in France or something. That would be nice.

  1. Who do you think influences you in life?

The people I’m around are always so inspiring. I am a firm believer that when surrounded by the right people, better things happen. That’s why I work for free a lot. I know a lot of talented, creative people without lots of money. They help me find a creative place mentally. I feel really influenced by my family. I can truly say my parents and my sister are all working to make people feel good. I really love that.

10) Your favorite article of clothing?

My leather jacket from Luella Bartley for Target. It was the first thing I spent all my money on. That was 10 years ago. I don’t think money can buy happiness, but if you can feel good wearing something you bought, then sometimes it kind of can.

11)What outfit do you feel most inspired in?

It depends on the day. Some days I want to feel super feminine and chic so I wear a fur beret and a little dress. Other days I want to feel like I own the world so I wear combat boots and an oxford shirt. Either way, I think my outfits really dictate my moods so I always have to prepare for that.

12) Why would you never work an office job?

I wouldn’t want to work in an office because I like to really see my work affect people. Otherwise it’s hard to feel motivated.

15) Dream girl? Why?

Brigitte Bardot. She was an intelligent sex kitten. What’s cooler than that? Plus she was a free thinker. She created an identity!

13) Why do you think you draw so many people in?

I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because I don’t want people to be afraid of who they are. I like people when they feel free. I think some people are afraid of that. They’re afraid of impressing people. I don’t want people to feel that way around me. I want people to see how great they really are! I hope they do.

14) Dream man? Why?

Jeremy Scott. He’s so inspiring and badass. Or Jean-Luc Godard because I also love his creative mind. Or Chris Hemsworth, because he’s a babe. I cheated that question…

16) Favorite place to visit?

Home. Being around my family is so overwhelmingly right feeling. I love Minnesota also. My sister and her boyfriend and her friends and just everyone there is so kind and welcoming. It’s an amazing place to be loved.

17) Favorite spot in the world?

By a body of water at night. No one in particular. I’ve always had the most enlightening experiences in those places. It always makes me sad and happy in the best way.

18) What do you daydream of?

Clothes! Love. Mostly clothes. You know, really good outfits. Also, being on The Ellen Degeneris show. I don’t know why that’s such a dream of mine…

19) If you could be a smell, what would it be?

The smell of summer. Like the first time you smell it. You know everything will come alive again.

20) If you could be a color, what would it be?

I would be burgundy because it’s mysterious but also soft and dark and serene.

Why I'm a Misfit: An Acceptance Speech

In the past year I have found solutions to a ton of great fears, misconceptions, and days without friends to talk about pms with. I grew up in a small city without many people who shared my interests. I have an amazing older sister and family who have supported me through many rough patches, weird phases, and bad haircuts but I always found it hard to maintain friendships. Since I left college 4 years ago I have learned so much about the value of great friends.

Starting Modern Misfits with Camille and Maddie, I gained insight on how to do something creative and different but most of all, how to put the inspirational people in your life before petty boy problems and general feminine bullshit. When more of my friends as well as so many amazing ladies I barely knew came into the picture, I was so lucky to find that through our creative minds and the ability to share our interests we could form a bond and finally find some acceptance that I lacked for a long time. 

I spent my teen years trying to find myself while simultaneously trying to live up to social standards I never could. I knew I wanted to be an artist, and help people, but Modern Misfits has shown me so much more. As a team of people, with the ability to confide and trust in each other, we can break barriers and focus on what’s importance to us as modern women: having creative freedom, an open mind, and the confidence to share who we really are. My greatest desire is to show women they are more than a social standard, and what they may be afraid to portray means something to us.

We don’t have to compete to survive because when together, we be who we truly are and be accepted for what makes us unique. We have grown together and are working to kick the ass of cultural suppression. 

xo,

Aubrey