Creativity speaks to us in so many ways. It may take form one day and the next day it could look completely different. When we connected with Rachel Bartz her work, her passion, her voice felt so free and so fresh. There was no hesitation to only create in one medium. Her artistic voice presents itself in each of her pieces, even when it looks different. We were more than delighted to invite her to share her creative voice with #WeAreEase.
What does finding creativity mean to you?
I think of creativity as a muscle. When lacking use, or repetition of the same activity, it begins to atrophy. Creativity comes in all forms, extending beyond just artistic pursuits. I try to make something everyday, whether that’s cooking or writing or art. It can be easy to get into ruts of repetition, and this helps me to continue creating without burning out.
Walk us through how you feel most inspired? What does it look like, how do you feel, what meaning does it hold?
This was a difficult question for me that took some thought. I don’t think there’s one set thing that fills me with inspiration. It comes in surprising and varying forms. Sometimes, it comes from prompts for either class or a client project. Sometimes it comes from emotions, relating to both myself and others. I just know that when inspiration hits, I get this nervous feeling, similar to when you have a fresh crush, a strange energy. I move confidently and can’t wait to make. I can end up in some slightly obsessive episodes, which I think is common, where I want to work for hours on end and do nothing else. Those usually end up being late nights with lots of coffee the next morning.
How do you express yourself through different mediums? Is there any hesitation changing it up instead of sticking to one thing?
I think of medium as a tool for expression, rather than a set guide. I love the freedom that comes with artistic exploration. I came to school to study design and ended up taking classes in almost every department, with very few design classes in my schedule. This was due to the large number of students bidding for the same small classes and an unfortunate registration situation two semesters in a row. I took fibers, painting, photography, and ceramics. From each class, I learned more about myself as an artist, even if I wasn’t the most traditional example of success in that practice. I think it can be daunting to try a new medium. I personally used to feel that I had to fit into one definition of an art students. I’m not the classic artist, working in oil paints and photorealism. In playing with new forms, I learned my strengths and more about what I wanted to create. I’m still able to draw from painting, for example, even though I’m not an active painter.
What type of advice would you offer to someone feeling lost, or like they want to pursue an alternative?
A professor of mine once wisely said, “simply make marks”. When stuck, there’s nothing more intimidating than a blank sketchbook page. Allow yourself to leave something on that page, even if it isn’t good. You still made something. Make mistakes and learn from them. Embrace the ugly and the unsuccessful. This is something I struggle greatly with. I always remind myself that no one else has to see it, but it is part of the creative process.
In all its forms, what type of voice do you hope your art has?
Recently, my work has become more political. Even my more personal pieces have notes of things beyond just me. I hope that my work starts conversations and provokes thought. I think through clean design, messages have the ability to make a significant impact. I know that some of what I create may make others uncomfortable, but without conversation, there is no change. I want to help bring attention to issues that I feel are important and allow those that are impacted by these issues to tell their stories. I deal with large issues that are too big for one person to take on alone and I don’t have the answers to them.
How do you feel art connects you to others?
I know that I would be making art, even if I didn’t have an audience. Mine is small, but I have the ability to make statements that have the potential to influence others. There is such an incredible connection between artist and viewer, and I’m honored by those that take the time to interact with my work. This feedback doesn’t have to be positive to be valid. I love when my work allows me to converse with others and gain perspective outside of my own. I’ve formed some incredible relationships that are rooted in someone finding my work.
As you encourage moments of routine in your daily life, remember the creative muscle you have. Take some time to rest and draw, write, photograph, whatever creative art form speaks to you.
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