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Art & Life with Erica Simone.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Simone.

Erica, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and my childhood was divided between Los Angeles and Paris, France. I moved to New York after high school and then relocated back to the West Coast officially this year.

At 17, I picked up a camera and fell in love. The world began to mold into geometric composition, drawing my eye into reflections of light and complex combinations of color. The wrinkles of the elderly became mysterious historical novels, the architecture around me began to shape shift into abstract patterns, claustrophobic flows of people in the street brought stillness into my own observations — I found myself looking at the world in a completely new way.

Over the last ten years, photography has allowed me to experience many extremes of humanity: from the backstage of New York fashion shows to the still, deep forests of Cambodia; from Hollywood celebrities to hill tribes in the Himalayas, or from orphanages in South America to extravagant red-carpet events. Photography helps me satisfy an incredible curiosity for life, while gracing it with unforgettable diversity. Today, I use the camera simply as a tool to capture and honor the life around me, especially those humans who make this experience on Earth so interesting.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I like to make all sorts of stuff! Photography has been a dominant passion for a long time as well as graphic design, drawing, making jewelry, sometimes clothing and other crafts like candle making or beauty care.

In my photography, I’m really attracted and drawn to bringing out the feminine and beauty in things. I like to honor people’s personalities and show them in their best light. I like to be clear in my message and not obscure or complicate ideas. I get very excited over color explosions and subjects that are alive and fun. I love to travel to exotic places and capture people in their raw environments. Overall, I’d like to think that my work reflects the respect and love I have for human life and Earth’s gorgeous habitat.

My drawings are mostly done in pen & ink and I tend to channel them at sporadic times. Sometimes I can’t stop, but sometimes I will go for months without even thinking about putting the pen to paper. It’s like some weird drive takes over me in times when I need to get something out of my system. Sometimes it’s just a doodle, but I also love creating complex geometric shapes with extreme detail. It’s like meditation, I get lost in the paper, with no idea what I’m going to draw next. My style has shifted over the years depending on my mood and inspiration at the time. It’s mostly just a way to zone out, not really to particularly share or do anything else with. With that said, I’m launching a bad ass yoga mat with one of my cosmic drawings — they will be available mid-September (www.sacredyogashop.com), check them out!

Making jewelry has always been very fulfilling because I like to wear unique pieces and love collecting trinkets and beads on my travels that I incorporate into them. Making my own jewelry is more special to me than just buying something off the shelf, but most of all I love giving people the jewelry I make because it has more meaning and I put a lot of love into each piece.

Otherwise, I’m always going into phases of making things… I get inspired and there I go… Candle-making was a thing for a while, then blending essential oils, natural skincare… you name it, if it involves being crafty, I’m down! Making art is really just a way to express myself and zone out. I love getting inspired and trying new things!

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
To me, success is just about being able to express yourself freely and not care about what people think — to just be yourself 100%, create what you want and feel good about it. I think everyone is an artist deep inside themselves and too many people don’t act on it out of fear. If you can just live your dreams fully, then you are successful, period.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have several websites one can check out if interested!

www.EricaSimone.com (photography)
www.ES-Creative.com (graphic design & drawing)
www.SacredYogaShop.com (yoga mats)
www.Etsy.com/shop/1111jewelrynyc (jewelry)

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©Erica Simone

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1 Comment

  1. Celia Szew

    September 5, 2018 at 17:26

    Good luck VoyageLA and good luck Erica Simone in every one of your endeavors. Great article!

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