Monday Artist Feature - Emily Higgins

Where were you born and raised?
In a small town in Massachusetts about 30 minutes south of Boston.

What do you create? What's your medium? 
I call my work “sculptural painting” for a lack of better words. I paint large pieces of paper and then alter the paper and apply it to a canvas or found
object in a more sculptural way.

When did your creative journey begin? 
I began to seriously dive into art in high school, and in college was a studio art major. Freshman year of college I took a painting with acrylic class and for the final decided to create my first rolled paper piece, which is where my
real art journey began. I spent the next three years completing that first
rolled paper work, and then created my whole senior studio show around
the concept. I’ve been working to refine and innovate the concept ever

Who was your inspiration growing up? 
Yayoi Kusama has always been a huge inspiration to me. Her use of color and pattern is incredible, and I think we are similar in that a lot of the art is
in the creation process of the pieces.

Who is your audience? Who do you create for?
I would love to see my work in a gallery some day, but that is more of a long term goal. In terms of audience though, I think my work is pretty
versatile as to who it might appeal to. I’ve seen both young children and
adults alike take interest in it.

What's your mission? What do you try to communicate through your art?Seeing as my work is pretty abstract, there is no concrete message being told through each piece, however, I think a lot of my art is about the
creation process itself, so I hope to convey that in the final piece. The
general reaction I get when people see my work for the first time is “woah,
how long did that take you?”

Advice for up and coming artists and young creatives?
Push through. I had about a 3 year period after graduating from college where I doubted my abilities and stopped creating. When I was surrounded
by other artists and creatives it was easy to feel inspired and create, but
once I graduated college and was on my own that was where the real
challenge came. Also find a community. Finding other creative and like
minded individuals is so important. Like I said, I fell into a rut when I felt like
I was on my own and didn’t have a community of artists to help inspire and
push me, but over the years I’ve begun to seek out and find other artist and
creative friends and it really does make all the difference.

What are you most comfortable in when you create? 
I actually do tend to wear jeans most of the time when I am creating. I have a few pairs that I wear when I am painting, because sometimes my work
can get a bit messy. If I’m not wearing jeans though I’m in sweats because
I create most of my work sitting on the floor, so it’s important to be comfy.


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