Endia Price has a wonderful imagination and a nice touch with a paintbrush. An artist local to central Arkansas, Endia has been creating artworks with a vivid color palette and lively lines. Endia has the following to say about her recent work at Mugs Cafe:
"Recently, I had noticed myself drifting further and further away from my art. I could feel the loneliness weighing deep inside me. In an attempt to combat this impossible separation that was occurring, I challenged myself to a painting day. At first, I just stared at the blank canvas in front of me. All I could feel was pressure to create ‘meaningful’ work. I kept thinking that my work should possess deep and thoughtful concepts that inspired grandiose feelings in the viewer. I couldn’t think of a thing. Not. One. Thing. My sense of failure was great, but my determination to overcome that ridiculous feeling of inadequacy was greater. When I was a graduate student of art, I had been confident that the simple expression of color was enough. A lemon in the kitchen caught my eye. Looking back at the blank canvas I smeared my first stroke of vibrant yellow. The loneliness went away and the joy of painting came flooding back. Color had once again proven itself to be the motivating subject behind my brush. These paintings are a few of pieces that resulted from that challenge. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed learning to paint again."
Red Hot, 9" x 12", water soluable oil
Why art? There are lots of things you can do in life, why did making art grab you and not let go?
It provides me with the opportunity to experience and explore life in a unique way.
Yeah, it’s a question that gets asked a lot, but I’m going to ask it again: What inspires you?
The actual creative process will always be my primary inspiration. As a graduate student of fine art, I am aware of one’s ability to harness and control this process in order to develop a meaningful conversation with the viewer----- which also inspires me, but the act of creating art will always be the stimulation behind my work. I don’t go so far as to argue process over product, but the process is what motivates me to make the product.
What do you find to be the hardest aspect to being an artist?
Dollars. You need dollars to make art happen. As it turns out, you also need dollars for personal bills, food, and stuff. I regret the energy and time that is required to figure out finances. I would prefer to invest those into art.
If you could say there is one thing that drives your creative process, what would that be?
I am driven by the pleasure and understanding that the creative process provides me with. I never feel more alive or understand myself more than when I am creating art.
Most artists have some idea of where they are going with their work while they are creating it. However, there is always the aspect that the viewer will project their own ideas and experiences onto the work when they see it. Do you feel that you, in a sense, lose some control of the work once it is released into the wild? Is this bothersome to you?
My frustration with the viewing process arises not from my inability to communicate my ideas effectively, but rather in the diversity of who the viewer can be. Sometimes the viewer is your peer… other times it can be an instructor…..or it could be someone with no prior knowledge of art. I am driven by a desire to effectively communicate ideas to as many types of viewers as possible. Since art is subjective, I fully anticipate that the viewer will impose their own self interpretation of the work, but I feel obligated to entice them to arrive at a point where they are willing to experience that with my work.
What role do you see the artist playing in a community?
I believe that the artist has an obligation to enrich their community through their art. I have witnessed my contemporaries do everything from promoting social change to community beautification projects. Using art in this manner is inspiring. It is always nice to have patrons that adorn the walls of their private homes with artwork, but I find myself being drawn towards art that interacts with a wider viewing audience lately
Sometimes artists feel that their studio is something of a sacred place to them. It can be very personal for them, and allowing others in can make them uncomfortable. Is your studio like this? How do you see your studio or workspace?
It is definitely my private place that I have a very strong sense of ownership over. It is a room full of stuff scattered everywhere that is organized to me and full of ideas. Other people in that space make me very uncomfortable. Somehow, they aren’t a part of the stuff or the ideas. I don’t know why I feel that way……but I do. Studio visitors never touch my stuff or move my stuff. Usually they talk about how cool everything is. I suppose I should be more hospitable and invite them to do some art while they are visiting. Maybe I will work on that the next time I have a visitor in my studio. This might help me recognize them as being a part of the space.
Who do you consider to be big influences on you and your work? It doesn’t have to be another visual artist. I know for myself several of my influences come from practitioners of different art forms.
Thematic large scale exhibiting artists. - any and all. I aspire to reach their level of production and command a space the way their work does. Retrospective shows also do this. I like to see many pieces working together to illuminate a space and convey an artistic meaning/idea/feeling. I have seen this done many times in many museums. I want to do this.
How big of an impact is music on your creative process? Many of the artists I know have to listen to music while they create. If it’s a big part of your process, what do you listen to?
I enjoy the silence and sound of paint being pushed around on a surface. I actually find music too influential most times. My little brother likes to listen to hard metal music. One day as he listened to screaming lyrics and I painted, I noticed my brushstrokes were sharp and jagged and my colors were turning violent. I felt like a music tool. I was shocked at how easily sound could penetrate my creative process and subliminally begin to influence my artwork. Since then, I try to limit or intentionally tune out music when it is near me and I am in the studio.
What is the greatest accomplishment you want to achieve in your career as an artist?
To make a positive impact through my work.
Thank you Endia! Wonderful responses and we enjoyed gaining a little insight into what makes you an artist.