Hello dear friends, today we will continue to talk to artist Aunia Kahn, enjoy reading :) If you have missed the part 1, please, find it here.
What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career?
There are too many to list. Everyday is a challenge when you are doing something you love, and equally a dream come true. One of the things that I found challenging at the beginning of my career was sharing such personal work in a public forum. I got over it pretty quick, even the criticism since I felt what I had to say was important.
What’s your background? Are you self-taught artist or did you study art?
I am self-taught. I enjoy finding new mentors and inspiration based in formal training through a university. Yet, I go to school and study many other things, as I just love education!
If you are self-taught artist: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you have encountered throughout your career without the formal training of the Art Academy?
Ideally, I think it’s the person’s choice to find growth through formal education or by personal study. Each way has something to give, Personally. I have not noticed many disadvantages from being self-taught. Conversely, I am unable to name a myriad of famous artists or types of art, and half the time the art world is still so new to me. When people share things, it’s like tiny treasures given to me just at the time needed to take in and breath their inspiration, rather than having large clumps of history and people put into a book for me to digest in a semester. School can be helpful to those that need direction; those that want to take their own journey I say – do that.
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
The best advice was to create what I love, don’t try to get caught in the “theme” of the week. The worst advice, was the opposite, if you want to succeed, capitalize on what’s hot now, but that never works, it usually isn’t true to yourself, your process or what you create.
What do you dislike about the art world? What is the hardest thing on being an artist? Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
People think that there is only so much room (teeny tiny) at the top, and try to undercut, destroy, belittle, intimidate others and act all high and mighty. There is a level of self-confidence needed to do this, but there is so much that goes father into realms of arrogance and mega ego trips. I think since so many people create from their heart and soul, they often forget others do too and don’t take that into consideration. So many of come from the same place, a need to express themselves. Yes, there are people looking to not do any work, and expect a ride to the top from friends, and that’s just as bad. However, we are surrounded by other creative people that work so hard, and deserve respect for their talent and drive.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
3D printing would be awesome. The ideas!
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there?
Do what you love and keep trying to improve on what you do, from the technical aspects, to the spirit behind the work. Don’t let anyone tell you that you suck, but be open to constructive criticism, yet do not let other people’s opinions define you or your work. Never give up. Work hard, because it’s so important to understand just because you make art or create things audiences don’t just materialize out of thin air. Help others. Take a moment and always try to find ways to give back through your gift. Remember it’s a gift.
Your favorite quote is ...
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create.” -- Chuck Palahniuk
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I love to read, study and attend classes, play with my dogs, be outside and enjoy nature.
Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
My website is www.auniakahn.com and my blog is www.auniakahn.tumblr.com and you can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, Etc.
Is there anything else you’d like to say? Is there any project you are working on right now or any ongoing event or exhibition you would like to share with our readers?
I am working on some commissions, a couple book projects, working on a collaborative full tarot deck with author Russell J. Moon called “Muse Tarot”, working on a oracle deck with Marla Brooks called “Witch Oracle” and finishing my third poetry/photography book entitled “Avalanche of White Reason”. Curating 3 exhibitions: Oultrepreu Mourning, 423 Gallery, Nov 2, 2013, L’innamorato (co-curating with Dan Hudson): Potters Wife Gallery, Sep 20, 2013, and Tarot Under Oath: Last Rites Gallery, January 25, 2014.
Thank you dear Aunia, it was a honor to interview you. We wish you only the best for your art and we are already looking forward to see your new visions :)