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Cheryl Humphreys | Studio Visit

Los Angeles, CA

February, 2016

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When did you start calling yourself an artist?

Art is something i make

When do you make your best work?

After midnight

Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea of the other way around?

It’s a back and forth. I love working within parameters but I can almost always see the final result before I even start.

Is art making therapeutic for you?

I think art making for me is quite manic. There are times when it’s really therapeutic and there are times when it is really chaotic and stressful. Lately, I have been making as a way of healing, and I have found that really charged work comes from that.

What are you most proud of?

I just had my first solo show at the end of this past year and my partner (in life & work) wrote me a note the night before the opening that read “Thank you for reminding us all what love looks like”

Artist whose career you covet?

The Vignellis

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

being a life balance master

If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?

Japan - the most beautiful handmade paper is in Japan

Did you grow up around other creative people?

Yes, my mom was a big influence on me creatively, early on, and I have been really lucky to grow up with creative friends

If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

Frank Stella

What influences you?

what doesn’t

What motivates you?

a deadline

What’s your studio philosophy?

Rule # 7 of Sister Corita’s Art Department Rules: “The Only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things” —THIS and practicing un-attachment to the end result. I am better at the first.

How many hours do you try and work in the studio per week?

I run a design studio with my partner so if I am not making for me, I am making for someone else - my week is spent the studio.

Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?

sound - all kinds

Favorite art-making tools?

paper & pressure

Tools or mediums you’re dying to experiment with?

fabric, porcelain

What’s next?

sleep

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