Sasha Fishman: Local Artist
1) WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF, HEY, EVEN BRAG A LITTLE.
I’m a junior majoring in studio art at the University of Texas at Austin.
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and came to Texas for a full college experience, to explore multiple mediums in art, and to get away from the cold. Since coming to Texas, I’ve had the chance to work as a graphic artist for STEMs Floral Design, as an intern graphic designer for Kendra Scott, and presently I am assisting my sculpture professor, Margo Sawyer. While I love design and the adobe suite, I am most excited about hands on mediums like sculpture and painting.
2) TELL US ABOUT THE WORK YOU ARE DOING AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT.
I’m drawn to projects that are ambitious, large in scale, and time intensive. I love the physical labor and materials that I use to build 3D works, whether it’s welding, smoothing plaster, or building armature. It is empowering to explore materials at places like home depot and to build works that are larger than life. My work is a summation of indescribable connections that I make throughout everyday life. I take those experiences and use forms and patterns from nature, especially water, combined with bright colors in an attempt to convey those unique connections to the viewer. My goal is to create art that engages the viewer with joy regardless of age and without any need for serious analysis. I use simple, tangible components like color combinations and playful patterns to make my art accessible and stimulating.
3) WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME CHALLENGES IN PURSUING THIS WORK?
When collaborating with other artists, I have found significant time is required and choosing partners carefully is essential. It can be frustrating to invest time and effort into a piece with another artist only to discover they claim the final piece is a result of their work and effort and not yours. While it’s a competitive world, it’s important to always support other artists in collaborative work and identify them in all related publicity. Art collaboration is important and young artists producing good work together best avoid being divisive over ownership.
4) WHERE AND HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR QUEST?
Reach out! A lot of my experience in art and design has been a result of problem-solving, trial, and error. So ask me questions and give me feedback, even constructive criticism. If you are an artist and feel our styles could work well together, contact me; I would love to work with a passionate fellow artist who shares my artistic perspective and goals. Feel free to inquire about commissioned and custom work; while I love making work for myself, I create custom items on my etsy and commissioned works. Follow my Instagram and check out my website. If you’re interested in visual art and go to UT, join Artists in Action club for all students of any major and artistic background; we have several events throughout the semester where we meet up and create! Please don’t be shy, ask to join our Facebook page for more info.
5) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?
From the book Believing is Seeing, I came across a passage by Emmanuel Kant that resonated with my experiences creating art: “The first property of Art is originality. Second, this originality must be exemplary. Third, Art is not governed by rules nor science. Thus a genius does not know how he creates. He is born with an inspiration to create. A spirit beyond the dictates of culture drives him to do what he does.”