Today we’d like to introduce you to Netty Wilson.
Netty, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was a young child, I went a very long time before being diagnosed with a few psychological disorders. When I was an undergrad, I created self-portraits that, let’s say we’re not up to par with how I was trying to convey these disorders.
During one of my bad days, my studio partner and friend told me, “You don’t want someone to try to fix you. You just want someone to feel shitty with.”
Those words were so loving and yet incredibly confusing. I had no clue how to label what I was feeling in the moment, but I had decided to create a portrait involving both of us.
My work still focuses on portraits and psychological disorders, but now involves others who share similarities.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s never a smooth road. The biggest struggle has been the financial aspect. I had a hard time just pursuing my education in art. Other than that, there has been disrespect due to my gender, age, and even appearance.
Being a woman is already a struggle in this world, especially with this male-dominated career. Older individuals assume I know nothing about art or materials, but when I speak up and try conversing with them about it, I am instantly seen as a bitch.
My appearance has begun to bring up unnecessary and highly offensive questioning in regards to my sexuality. It is something that shouldn’t be the main focus or even an issue when speaking about my work.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Nettysketti – what should we know?
I work mainly with watercolor. It allows me to create a whole range of color intensities. These color intensities are throughout the skin of my portraits, and as a result, they appear bruise-like. When working with watercolor, I usually apply this paint to found objects because it allows textures of the object to show through and really pop!
I continue to paint and work with people I know personally, and who have impacted my personal life either in a positive or negative manner. I am starting to branch out and work with video.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have had some wonderful mentors! Diana Puntar, Daniel Dove, Sara Frantz, and Garet Zook. These individuals have all guided and provided me with experiences that have furthered my progress and growth as an artist. Recently Kim Abeles has been an inspiration and quickly impacting my life the more we interact. I hope to continue learning from her the more my career progresses.
The biggest shout out has to go to my family. I have been fortunate enough to have a mother and two brothers that have been supporting me in every way possible since I was five years old. Despite our financial difficulties, all three of them showered me with encouragement. They still do. I would not be where I am without them by my side.
Also a big shout out to all the musicians that I have taken inspiration from and have been a huge fuel for my pieces!
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