Go grab a seat in the stands or put on your glove and get ready to take your place on the field! We have some awesome action packed art to discuss from April’s artist of the month – Juice Box. Here’s how the interview went:
Oopsy Daisy: Has art always been your focus or did you just stumble upon it?
Juice Box: I come from a family of artists. When I was younger I thought I would go into some sort of science or engineering as a form of rebellion against my parents. That didn’t last too long. What seemed like a good idea in theory was a bit different in practice. Especially once I realized how much math was involved. Luckily I figured out pretty quickly that art was the right path for me and I probably saved myself from a great deal of misery in the process.
OD: What was your main job or area of expertise before you were an artist?
JB: Well, I actually still have a day job as a graphic artist which is what I’ve been doing for well over a decade now. I often find myself overlapping my fine art work with my graphic work and figuring out ways to blur the lines between the two. It can feel a bit schizophrenic at times but it keeps it interesting for me on both sides.
OD: Would you say you had a focused and specific style or is it generally broader and less defined?
JB: To quote the band Pavement, “I’ve got style, miles and miles…” I like to shift and change my style whenever I feel the need. A lot of artist get stuck doing one thing, or get known for a particular look or character that they do – then they can’t escape it. For this reason I am constantly changing it. I think if you look at everything I’ve done you can definitely see relationships between the different styles which is natural since it all comes out of one head and one hand but I am constantly trying to change it up and stay fresh.
OD: Your sports pieces seem to really capture a sense of action and depth. What was your technique for these?
JB: I tend to build up my images like a collage. It is a process of constant layering. I will build an image up to a point where I feel like there is entirely too much going on and then I systematically strip it back down again until I feel like I have balanced yet intriguing composition.
OD: Do you play any sports now or when you were younger? Which would you consider to be your favorite?
JB: As a kid I played soccer through high-school. I was never a super star but I wasn’t terrible either. It’s still my favorite team sport to play and watch.
JB: Yeah. If the demand is there. I really enjoy working with the sports imagery and It’s a great way to inject some action into my work.
OD: Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
JB: Well it’s hard to give advice without sounding cliché but here goes: Don’t edit yourself! Let the work come out whether you think it is good or bad. Just crank it out and keep cranking it out. You may not be happy with every piece you finish but the more work you produce the more confidence you will gain in your own abilities and sensibilities. Art is about self-expression. Never worry about how your work will be perceived by others – stay true to yourself.