Today we’d like to introduce you to Moja Robinson.
Moja, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always taken advantage of my misfortunes.
During my childhood, I consistently abruptly relocated, which made me realize that home wasn’t something physical, but a memory and an experience. This led to my involvement in many cultures and customs, which gifted me many styles and ideas. This allowed me to holistically develop a unique taste and vision. From selling my doodles in elementary school for lunch money, quitting art school because I didn’t want to follow the “rules” of art, to selling and reworking second-hand items in highschool, I knew art and design would always be part of my life. After getting college recruited for engineering, art, and athletics, I knew none of these was my calling for higher education because I was already teaching myself many of the tools to be successful in those fields. I recognized with the help of an amazing high school professor that throughout my life, I’ve always focused on efficiency and equity, so pursuing sustainability made since (especially in California).
So, for my undergraduate, I studied sustainability and logistics while freelancing in art design and creative direction. Soon after graduation, I was recruited to work in the waste industry. From my experience with waste diversion and sustainability auditing, I curated my first solo exhibition “It’s Okay You Threw Me Away” in 2018 themed around upcycling and the psychological effects of a modern Throwaway Society. Since then, I have had two more solo exhibitions, quit my job, and moved to NYC to further my education in sustainability and evolve my art practice in hopes to merge the two holistically in regeneration economies and environmental equity.
Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t think any road is supposed to be smooth. The end goal is great, but the journey is what defines it. That being said, my struggles have always been internal of not being good enough. Despite the blatant social injustice and racism in America, I understand that I have a privilege being an educated man in a “developed” country, so my aspirations are bigger than me, which has given me tunnel vision. It’s ironic how the “bumpy roads” make you focus on what’s ahead.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Most importantly I’m a human being, but I’ve had the entitlement of education in sustainability and the natural ability to be creative. This allowed me to be an expert in many fields in art and the environment. Today I’m a freelance creative, specializing in product design, graphic design, web design, film photography, and art/direction. Moreover, I’m a scholar in sustainability focusing on designing circular regenerative products, systems, and communities to extinguish social, economic, and environmental injustice to promote micro and macro equity. I’m known for many things, but what I’m most proud of are my failures. My failures have been the most important lessons and fuel to reach my goals. I’m sure someone can point to many things that set me apart from others, but that’s not my focus. I believe in community and collaboration, everything else is secondary.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There’s always been a stigma with multi-talented people, especially in the art world. Critics saying you can’t do it all and the government conditioning us to be one-dimensional, but I trust in a decade or so as information gets exponentially shared a lot of big businesses and/or systems are going to crumble as the DIY and the sharing economy takes over again. As far as sustainability goes, the Sustainable Development Goals got us covered (apparently), but I think there needs to be a shift in consumerism, especially in western worlds. We need to acknowledge and equally use social and environmental currency in business, government, and all other decision making. Yet, either way I feel a “Berkeley in the 60s” era arising if not another stock market crash or tech war.
- Website: https://www.mojarobinson.com
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