Angel is one of those artists that fits in perfectly with Austin's art scene. Her work is provocative, edgy, and macabre, but most importantly, it comes from her soul. Angel talked to us about her work and making a life in Austin.
Hi Angel! Tell us about your work. What themes does your work explore?
Hello! My work tends to explore the macabre and the burlesque, but sometimes I also like to paint scenery, including landscapes and sky vistas. However, most of my work does depict people, usually of the female persuasion. As “dark” as my themes can be perceived, it should not go unnoticed that there is also an underlying “light” that keeps the balance. It is probably best to view my art with a sick sense of humor.
What is it about paint that appeals to you?
The most practical use of paint is to cover large areas, but what I like the most about it is the ease in which color can be blended. I prefer oil paint for this reason. I like acrylics for their quick drying time and watercolors for their translucence.
Your artwork could be described as edgy and transgressive. Are these responses you want people to have from your work?
I don’t think I’m ever really conscious of what response(s) I want to elicit from other people. I mean, I’m happy when they like my work and I appreciate feedback immensely, but I don’t really do it for the prime sake of getting a specific reaction out of people. However, I’m not really surprised that my art would be categorized this way (considering my influences) and it doesn’t bother me. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.
Have you always been an artist at the core or is this a recent change?
According to my mother (who is also an artist), I’ve been drawing since I was a toddler. She even has a photograph of my first “piece”, done in chalk on a chalkboard, which to her looked like floating, disembodied heads of people.
What was the first moment when you realized you are capable of making an art career for yourself?
I’m still not sure that I can, but I began to realize my work had value when I got a significant offer on my very first painting in high school. I declined the sell due to my emotional attachment and sentimental value of the piece.
Where do you draw your inspiration? - Pun slightly intended!
I’m inspired by the books that I read, the songs that I hear, the dreams that I have and the beautiful (and sometimes tragic) things in the world that I see. To be more specific, I grew up watching horror movies and listening to rock music, which I never grew out of (and probably never will). I’ve also been heavily influenced by stormy weather, comic books and artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, HR, Giger, Alex Grey, Olivia De Berardinis and many others.
What is one milestone you have set for your career that you have yet to achieve?
I would really like to publish either a graphic novel or a comic book. I’ve been working on each individually for a little over a year now. Best case scenario, I get to publish both, plus more.
What is your favorite work of art by another artist and why?
This is a really hard question to answer since I have so many favorites and what I like at any given moment depends squarely on my mood. What gives me the most joy to look at is the art my friends and family members make due to the extra level of pride it educes and the feeling of being connected by something great. This is particularly true regarding the art that my cousin, Mandy Gor, creates. Not only is her work a fantastic wonder to look at, but it also fills me with a sense of personal satisfaction because art is what we bonded over and built a close relationship on. The most amazing thing about art is its ability to connect people, I think.