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Conversations with Saylor Petzoldt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saylor Petzoldt.

Hi Saylor, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am an only child which meant I spent a lot of time tagging alongside my mom during the day or going to “adult-things” like meetings and dinners. She kept me very busy with markers, Play-doh, music and all sorts of creative stuff from as early as I can remember and I never gave it up. I sort of grew up bi-coastal between Florida and California which are both places very rich in beautiful landscape, bugs and critters that would inspire my drawings or Play-doh sculptures. Those subjects have always stuck with me regardless of my creative journey. My college application portfolio to art schools was mostly studies of bugs, animals and plants and as I am nearing graduation from ArtCenter in Pasadena this year, my pieces still hold a great significance toward the same things…just look quite different.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
ArtCenter has been very challenging, especially in the beginning as a student right out of high school, but I think the key for me was figuring out what I wanted to say with my images, saying it, and trusting the process. I have many mentors and kind instructors to thank for the confidence that they have given me in expressing my voice. I have been gifted a lot of opportunity that I am forever grateful for and hope that through my work, I can help in a smoother path for something else (I say something because I use my work to bring attention to rescue animals!).

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am currently an Illustration student fumbling through image-making, some wood cutting, some ceramics at the moment…I really love to make tactile things to sell, gift or just share. Regardless of how it is made, my personal work usually intends to share silly things I’m excited about at the moment while sometimes being humorous with wonky proportions and bold colors. I am most proud of my ability to use my drawings to raise money for animal shelters in the California area.

What makes you happy?
My rescue gremlin-muppet-dog, Cherry, makes me very happy. She has the funkiest personality of any pet I have ever had and manages to win anyone over with her underbite. She is my best friend and muse.

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Steele Stebbins

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