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Meet Emily Colvin of Projects At Large in Los Feliz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Colvin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Emily. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The story starts back in my teens when a teacher reached out to my mom and said art was going to be my future. Thank you Ms. Freddy, you’re a lifesaver. My mom was really down to embrace whatever it was we showed interest in so that’s where it all began. Moving and shaking through different colleges I didn’t care what kind of art style I was trying, everyone around me was so much better and none of it mattered. I loved the community, the exciting style and the feeling it gave me inside. It was like I found a home inside of myself for the first time. Projects At Large has always made me feel like I don’t have to define myself with one style or consistent content. I can come and go from all mediums. The key was to find the authentic happy place and when that happens everything falls into place. Hands on experience in a studio had always been a dream of mine. I wanted to be involved and helping with the process.

Well, I’ll tell you now manifestation is real. I found myself in Valentin Toledo Studio and a three months internship turned into a two years introduction to my new life. The artwork we were producing together was to say the least timeless and conceptual and raw. This is the dream. I respect people who really know themselves more than anything. Art school does you right in learning all the foundations and the skills you need to get the work out of you but when wanting to run a studio as a business that can get tricky and I definitely still have a ton to learn. Valentin handed down to me the most valuable lessons and teachings a mentor ever could. His life was an open book to me so that I could learn everything he had ever experienced on his journey to becoming the artist he is today. The biggest is “ACTION IS NECESSARY.” So with this platform Projects At Large that I have created, my love for bringing all of my artist friends together has really been the best part of this idea.

Since launching PAL in 2016, I have been able to host one really big show a year. The ideas of the shows are a process of just getting through life all year long and when I can see the serendipity in my works alongside others I try to connect the dots. We’re not just visual artist but musicians, dancers and poets. Inspiration comes from so many facets. It’s an incredible life when you can experience all of your favorite art happening at once around you. I love art shows. They are the most exciting things I have ever participated in. Creating buzz around new tangible pieces of art with other art instead of media and press is a special craft and it’s a trickle affect. I mean look at this interview opportunity, what you guys are doing is fantastic. You are connecting the dots! So everyone has an opportunity to grow and change, each year all of the collections are different and each year, we evolve. I present PAL as a “creative catalog” so that all mediums feel welcome into this collaboration we call life.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road to success shouldn’t exactly be smooth. I would get anxiety if everything was always perfect. When you get to experience the hiccups you really appreciate the more stable times and you savor and learn from each. I think I may be in the prime time right now because while it is necessary it’s also 100 % a labor of love and it’s so innocent in its all-natural growth process. Art is a fun world, some people care a lot and some people don’t care at all. I’d say the biggest struggles that come with art is just staying confident, and not comparing yourself. We are all dope!! Just keep working on it ya know.

Please tell us about Projects At Large.
Projects At Large is a creative catalog of my artwork specifically. While working in the studio and having shows throughout the year there are so many awesome concept art shows put out there and traditionally you may not think your art fits into certain genres but I function not on the style but on feelings the art activates. So while I wouldn’t say I specializing in anything specific because its all sorts of specialties I like to think of all of my friends and experiences as a whole entire art family. I am overwhelmed and humbled by the beautiful artists that surround me. I want nothing more that to showcase and praise them because they inspire me to create better and engage in my mind more than anything. I want to be a home for artist to completely be themselves and in exchange I can completely be myself. Creating art that can heal us and others and finding successful outlets to expose all of these amazing projects!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Art is life. We’re just going to keep creating. I only have to worry about my own personal trends.

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AJ @MERCIFULPICTURES

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