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INSIDE THE STUDIO WITH ASHLIE CHAVEZ

Ash is a photographer, collage artist, writer and single mother living in Los Angeles. Her body of work veers towards captivating sincere images that display the dark and revealing settings of the mundane suburban lifestyle. One of the most important things in her life right now is raising her son with the help of her twin sister and documenting these private moments in a way that empathizes with the human condition. Her life is a living piece of art and it shows in everything she creates. 

We wanted to get a tad more insight into the complex nature of her creative process. So we asked her a couple of questions:

Why do you make art and why do you emphasize on analog photography? 

I make art because I need to make things. My art is an expressions of things I can’t control, a creative outlet for the anxieties of life.  I started shooting because my mother owned a photography business when I was growing up and she handed down all her equipment to my sister and I.  I solely shoot analog because of the volume it has and because of the process.

It’s well known you have a small child you raise on your own, what type of involvement does he have in your work, if any?

My photographic work is done collaboratively with my twin sister Amber, both secular work and fine art. Most fine art is documental, so he plays a big roll in that.  When I’m making collages or drawing, he’s there cutting paper.  When I do performances or recite poetry, he’s on stage with me.  If I’m framing he’s there with his tool set.  River is definitely involved in anything I make. 

Was it easier to make art before or after you were a single mother?

Nothing became easier when I became a single mother except for worrying and discernment. 

Everyone out there considers themselves a photographer now, so what type of photographer are you?

I am an artist with a BFA in analog photography.  I do personal fine art series that I exhibit and I secularly shoot musicians, lookbooks, skateboarders and family portraits. 

In your ART STORE, there’s a series of wall art that are only “sayings/phrases” that you’ve written, any you hold immensely dear?

Yes.  Empathize with the human condition, You can’t bury manifestation, and It’s realizing that star you’ve been wishing on is a goddamn satellite.  The notion behind all my work is sincerity so I look to find some dark humor in things like disappointment, heartbreak and pain.  My favorite writers are King Solomon and Chuck Palahniuk, for both their tenor and structure.  Read the book of Ecclesiastes and then Fight Club and you’ll totally get what I mean.  

You can see more of Ashlie Chavez’s work on her WebsiteArt Store, and Tumblr.

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TRINA ECHIDNA Interview #3
Artist/musician located in Denmark, Copenhagen.Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a very introvert person who loves to observe and listen to my surroundings. I tend to overanalyze everything which sometimes becomes an obstacle in situations that require constant face-to-face social interaction. I find that being with other people is very draining and there are very few people in this world whose company actually calms me.
I would love to be in control of every tiny aspect of my life, but at the same time nothing inspires me more than when everything falls apart.


What motivates you when set out to create something?

when I set out to ‘create’, this urge is often brought upon by a sudden 'spark’ that starts in the back of my head. It works itself forward like a centipede with it’s many tickling little legs until it crawls through my retina and either spill out onto paper or the floor. If I am too slow the idea eludes me so I try to keep a little notebook with me, at all times, to either sketch or write lyrics. 

Everything can trigger this 'spark’ : A phrase in the news or the way the dishwater blends with the remnants of the oatmeal I made for breakfast.

I often listen to music when I draw, I am somewhat synaesthetic so certain songs/albums can create lovely colors and abstract shapes in my mind and is great for motivation.


Who’s one person you look up to?

That is a tough one, I wouldn’t say I 'look up’ to anyone, I would say however that there are people whose presence or work inspires me beyond belief and continue to do so. There are a few of those, but the one that springs to mind is Francis Bacon. Amazing emotional work and such and interesting man.


What made you interested in the medical aesthetic?

My fascination with hospitals and everything medical began when I as a child watched documentaries about deformation, surgeries and tumors on TV. I remember there was this documentary where they showed pictures of a teratoma they had removed from a person which had hair teeth nails and other things. The whole theory that it might have been a normal fetus that had become captured inside it’s twin,  fascinated and scared me immensely.

I guess I find it inspiring when man is reduced to his crucial shell: the flesh. Without all the surrounding nonsense, you see the essence and it’s so simple it’s almost funny. it’s just another animal, a pretty ugly, useless one that rejects nature, it’s origin.


How do you think you’ve grown over the past year, with being so involved with your art and music?

A lot has happened, I feel I  finally have an idea of who I am. Having the time to concentrate on subconscious automation and ignoring my self-destructive thinking has really helped me find my voice. It is along hard process, and you feel like giving up sometimes. I have experienced so much positivity and encouragement from my supporters and friends it has really helped me to on keep going.

Favorite musician? 

Blixa Bargeld. He has taught me so much about letting go of boundaries and and to keep experimenting with creative processes. 


How would you describe your image?

I would call it an honest visual representation of how I feel. I feel caricatured, when people try to put me in a box they find suitable.


Are you planning on any big projects in the near future?

I am currently working on a full-length Mouth Wound album that I plan to release this year and i am looking for a suitable space to make my first art exhibit. I also have a few collaborations planned in the future, but they are for now kept secret.

What makes you happy?

That moment when you feel in complete balance.

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