WEEK ONE: CREATIVE WOMEN IN INSPIRING ART SPACES: EMILY HARRIS
Name: Emily T. Harris aka ShadyUFO
Location: Springfield, TN, USA
Mediums: For the last few years it’s been mostly skulls and acrylic paint. I also do traditional illustrations with pencils, markers, acrylic, gouache, and I enjoy dabbling in photography and clay as well. I write too but generally just for my own entertainment.
Tell us a bit about your aesthetic: I’d define my work as rustic with a dash of primitive folk, a splash of ridiculously bright colors, and a healthy helping of the macabre. I love taking things that so often cause fear and repulsion and getting to show that they also have beauty to them. And it is immensely rewarding to salvage pieces that would so often be thrown in the trash or pulverized on a roadside and make them into art.
How does your workspace motivate and inspire you?: It’s filled with things I love and draw creative inspiration from! Skulls, fossils, and all manner of other oddities as well as shelves packed full of reference books, art, action figures, and many, many drawers stuffed with supplies. It’s not a huge space but it is comfortable, even has a little day bed in it where I crash sometimes, and I really enjoying working it in.
What is one part of your art space that you could not live without: My laptop. It’s where I keep most of my reference material, definitely gotta have it to run my shop, and it’s how I play my tunes. Plus you know, Tumblr, haha!
Are there any activities you do while you craft? Music? Candles? Movies? Eating?: I’ve almost always got music or Netflix going while I work. Lately I’ve been listening to/watching a lot of The Antlers, Wye Oak, Mary Epworth, Sonic Youth, Welcome to Nightvale, Breaking Bad, Hannibal, MST3K, as well as any cool nature or history documentary I come across.
And finally, what are some words you live by when it comes to your art and your workspace?: Make art every day. Even if it’s just a silly doodle or a snapshot or a scribbled poem, even if you end up hating it, make something every single day.