Today we’d like to introduce you to James Panagoti.
Thanks for sharing your story with us James. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been drawing, painting, doodling, designing, or making something.
A lot of my “artistic” influence is credited to my Father. He was a Pasadena Art Center Grad, an Industrial and product designer. He was my first mentor in the Arts. He would teach my brother and I various artistic disciplines and we were always observing him being artistic, creating or inventing things.
In 2009, I graduated from San Diego State University in Hospitality emphasizing in restaurants. I love the people part to Hospitality… There is a psychology aspect to it, which I enjoy… Providing a memorable experience.
In 2010, my brother and I opened a pizza restaurant in Ventura, CA. In Restaurants, you are managing a team of people, serving the guests, and there are the other hats of: sales and marketing, operations, numbers. A lot of unconventional ideas and projects were implemented at the restaurant. We once orchestrated a cool art show, called “Keep Your Head Up” – we hung all this art from the ceiling facing towards the grounds at different depths and angles. Proceeds were tied to a charity. We did this because we were limited by wall space, and it became a fun new experience for people to view the art.
There are probably various intentions and reasons behind what I am creating today. I think art is a way for me to try to make sense of life and to express what I am feeling or experiencing… consciously or subconsciously. I would love to say that my art inspires people.
I have been experimenting with “String Sculpting.” Fabric, yarn or string is molded into a specific dimensional subject relief. I love the randomness interconnectedness of the strings within a methodical shape. I have these feelings of being connected to everything, every thought, word I speak, and action effects everything in life. I think there is this balance of being in the moment and zooming out of the moment and knowing that we are connected to everything. “String Sculpt” is currently what I choose to express, to create and to show the world.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road hasn’t been smooth. I think our mind can make the road rougher than what it really is though. The struggle is the process in realizing and remembering this.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My favorite answer to, “what do you do?” is, “I enjoy life.”
Today, I call myself an artist and a husband.
My current art work is a medium dubbed String Sculpt. This is a unique process consisting of sculpting string, yarn or other similar materials to the desired dimensional result.
The recent String Sculpt pieces highlight a specific subject matter saluting woman and the feminine power. The overall image creates two different distinctions: One is the woven string, and the other is the dimensional subject matter. In these pieces, there is a random pattern with a conscious methodical result. Beyond witnessing the image in front of you lies an inescapable interconnection, a meaning below surface level. The deeper, underlying subject matter here can be interpreted in many ways. The random pattern of the strings is like veins pumping the life force to the subject matter. It also represents the interconnectedness to life.
Of course, I would love to inspire, bring joy and excitement or provoke an emotion or deep thought with others when they experience my art. I believe were all artists. We all have different mediums, whether a painter, a chef, a plumber, a mechanic, a secretary, or teacher. Our being is the paint brush and life is the paint brush.
I love this quote by St. Francis “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
A proud moment of my career was realizing and remembering how wonderful life is.