The Importance of the Unimportance, Anti-Standard #9 with Chloe Walden

T&P: Tell us a little about yourself. Where did your artistic journey begin? 

C: The first bit of art I remember creating was a chalk drawing of a volcano at like age 2. I’ve always kind of known I would be an artist, if only for the fact that it seemed like I did everything backward from everyone else. When I reached the age of about 12 or 13 I started writing and that eventually became my primary form of expression with visual arts (drawing, painting, film, mixed media) falling in 2nd. I’d like to combine the two someday. 

T&P: Where do you draw your inspiration from? Do you find yourself being inspired by art that is the same medium as yours, or do you draw inspiration from other sources? 

C: I draw a lot of inspiration from nature and just… I dunno everyday life. I think when you zoom way in on like peoples mannerisms and the tiny things that make them…them. That’s important. Unimportant things are the most important things. What makes you-you isn’t your job or education or whatever…its what side of your mouth you chew your food on, what songs you hate, the fact that you always wear one sock inside out. It’s the tiny idiosyncratic behaviours that really inspire me to create poetry and characters. They even inspire me in what to focus on in visual art.  

T&P: What has art brought into your life that may have otherwise not been in it?:

C: I think that as artists we are wired differently in our brains than other people are. We see things sideways. I think that perspective gave me the ability to see that I don’t -have- to do or be anything. If I wanna have five cats and live in a tent, that’s my prerogative. If I wanna make collages of naked ladies- I can. I don’t have to pigeon hole myself as an artist either, as simply as a musician or a poet or a painter. I can be all of those things.

And it gave me the confidence to do things for myself. I don’t make art so that anyone else can understand it. I don’t design it to be palatable for everyone- it’s for me. And if people enjoy it, that’s really cool.  

T&P: When people experience your work, what do you hope they take away from it? 

C: A lot of my art is my reflection of how I experience life and what my place in everything is. So I hope that when people look at my art it makes them reflect on that too, but also that they get joy from it and remember not to take themselves too seriously. I think that’s important. 

T&P: What’s your biggest goal when you make art? 

C: Primarily I make art for the focus of catharsis, just to process the things that I’m feeling. But the goal is to process my feelings in such a way that is digestible for other people, and for people to be able to look at it and go “huh yeah, I feel like that too”

I try to keep my art raw, because I think it’s important in an era where everything is so polished and curated for the internet- you know? I write poems about going to the bathroom, and falling asleep in your makeup and making out and stuff like that. 

Art that makes you scrunch your nose and say “eugh” and “aww” at the same time. 

T&P: Have you always been inclined to make art or was there a significant moment in your life that inspired you to begin creating?

C: I can’t remember a moment where I didn’t feel compelled to make art. I come from a family of artists so its always been fostered in me since I was young. I remember a moment thinking “I wish this story existed so I could read it” and then at that moment I kinda realized I could write it. So now, if I wish something existed, I just kinda try to create it.

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