We featured the work of Nancy Aguilar on the title spread of our second issue. We recently sent her some prompts (in bold) and she told us a little about herself.
Current Living: Monterrey, Mexico Born: in ‘86 Education: BFA in photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Age: 25 Website:www.nancyaguilar.com
PAST I grew up… eating animal crackers with my grandparents. As a child, I wanted to be… a physicist. My childhood was… filled with eating homemade pizza, chickens running in the backyard and listening to madonna on roadtrips. My father… traveled. My mother… could never tame my hair. My family… has always been close. Highschool was… a blur. College was… about falling in love with art. and loads of snow. I never saw myself… studying art.
PRESENT Right now… I am the happiest. My favorite pastime… is making ice cream. Routine is… sometimes a nice thing. My work represents… myself. Working… makes me happy. I choose to work in my medium because… it allows me to show exactly what I see. I feel at home… with my family. I currently live… back at home. I wish… I could eat jamon serrano every day. On a rainy day… I feel most inspired. I couldn’t live without… my computer. I like to pretend… I know what I’m doing. My father… travels quite a lot. My mother… is a chemist.
FUTURE Someday I hope… to take polaroids again. I’d like to be… a bit more involved in the art community in Mexico. My next step is… to finally edit my photographs from 2011.
Where are you from originally? Does your nationality play a role in your work? I have lived in Mexico for a great part of my life, but living abroad for 6 years influenced my work. Photography was a way for me to find a place to belong.
Do you have a day-job outside of your art practice? If so, what is? I am lucky enough to have a job that I adore as a freelance photo-retoucher. Doing this allows me to wake up late and stay in my pajamas, and I hope to keep doing this for as long as I can :)
We featured Casey’s work in our very first issue. Here we gave him some prompts in bold and he let us know a little more about himself.
Current Living: I currently live at my Monther in Law’s house in Fostoria Ohio with my wife Amanda and 1 year old daughter Gemma. Born: I was born in Detroit but raised in Salt Lake City Education: MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA in Painting from Brigham Young University Age: 34 Website: caseyjexsmith.com
I always… loved pizza. I grew up… with an older brother who was a great artist. I copied everything he did. As a child… I always did drawings of boom boxes, sneakers, and guns. My family… mostly lives in Utah. My parents.. got divorced when I was four. They never said a negative thing about each other to my brother and I. My father… was in the field of Industrial Organizational Behavior and made tests. He lived to go fishing. My mother… is a high school art teacher but rarely makes art now. She is becoming a master fermenter of foods. High school… was awesome. I took a lot of art classes, had a great group of friends, and went camping often in the Uintah Mountains and in Southern Utah. In junior high… I wanted to be on the basketball and volleyball teams but wasn’t quite good enough. I think that really helped my art.
I’ve always wondered… how M. Night Shyamalan’s movies could have gotten so bad. I do not know… why there aren’t more political moderates. I wish I knew… if I should buy GM or Ford stock. Routine is… completely necessary for my happiness and mental well-being. Everyday I like… to read some scriptures and work out. I wish I had a membership to the YMCA here, but it’s too expensive. We have a treadmill but no weights. My work… represents a search for modern masculinity. Who should I be? I choose to work in my medium because… it is immediate, intimate, and feels less intimidating than approaching a white canvas. I currently live… in Fostoria Ohio. It is referred to as Fo-town or Fo-troit because it has been hit hard by unemployment in manufacturing. Fostoria used to be known for making glass. It’s very sad. But it has given my wife and I the opportunity to get some very cheap studio space. I wish I could… live in NYC. My favorite… iPod game is Dungeon Raid. I love… pizza, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, soda, and fries. On a rainy day… I like to read a scary book. It’s been raining a lot lately so I have been reading “The Bog”. It has some great cover art. Everybody loves… my wife’s art. It’s the prettiest art that exists today. Amandamichellesmith.com I am a big believer in… putting your all into something. I couldn’t live without… my wife and baby. A little known secret about me… is that I love to dance. I am not very good at it though so I only dance for my wife in secret places. It shrinks her libido. I like to pretend… I am a relevant artist. My parents… were very unselfish, and I hope I can do the same for my family.
Someday… I want to provide good health insurance for my family and buy a home. The future… looks a little grim right now but that’s okay. My next step is… to make another body of work, get someone to believe that it will make a good show, and land a full-time teaching position.