Meet independent artist and this weeks Cool Girl: Andrea Lux. In this interview, we talked about when she first started creating art, what inspires her, how she became a Girl Gaze ambassador + more...
Besides answering these questions, what are you up to at the moment?
Right now I’m making some work for a collab that I have with a musician (I'm very excited about that by the way)
Your artwork is amazing. When did you first start creating?
I started making collages last year in May. It was completely random and then everything just went out of control, in a good way though. I mean I couldn’t and I didn’t wanted to stop creating more and more content.
What do you think motivated you to create your first piece?
If I’m completely honest, I made my first piece on a moleskine that I got for my birthday. I never use journals or notebooks for anything, so I decided that I wanted to use this one. So I thought, why not make collages?
Is there a specific thing or element that inspires your work?
No. I’m very bad with the whole inspiration thing. Although I do get motivated. A big part of being independent and to live in a society where my work is not seen as something worthy kind of makes me want to go against that and create more childish explicit random content. It's like a revolution against the standards.
For many creatives, we go through these moments where we feel stuck and uninspired. When this happens for you, what’s the one thing that can get you out of it?
Oh yes I get that a lot. If it's not the motivation that I talked about before, I just stop trying to pressure myself to create because nothing good comes out of that, especially with art. So I do other things to free my mind. Reading is one of them. And also accepting that I don’t have to be inspired or motivated the whole time, I just have to remember that I love what I do but that as a human, my brain needs a break and that’s something that a lot people should think of too.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Well, my mom once told me to never stop doing what makes me happy. I’m pretty sure that is not like new advice for people...uhm but I think that when you get support from the people that you love, every single piece of advice is like one of the greatest things that someone can get.
Who would you say is an icon in your eyes?
My parents. We deal with a lot of issues-like a lot of families-but I literally think of them like superheroes. I don’t know if they know that, but yeah, they managed to do things without having a lot.
When do you feel most you?
I think that I feel the most of me when I’m taking pictures. Probably because that was the first thing that I ever fell in love with.
What’s one thing you can’t leave the house without (besides your phone)?
Headphones for sure .
In five years where do you see yourself (and your art)?
Oh okay thinking about my future is something that I do constantly, probably cause of my anxiety but, where I would like to see myself in 5 years ? Working for a magazine or an online zine, or just having a job so I can be able to afford making art. If I don’t get money from art it doesn’t mean that I’m gonna stop creating.
You happen to be a Girl Gaze ambassador. How did this happen for you, and what’s the best part?
I am! I saw this opportunity of submission and I wrote a very real and raw bio about what I do where I live and how I live as an activist too. And then I got and email saying that I was now a girl gaze ambassador, I was very excited and I’m still feeling like that. The best part? Probably being able to be part of a community that stands for feminism and equality and then all of that combined with art. I mean, for me that's like the best combo.
How do you feel about the term, Cool Girl?
I mean so many things are subjective. COOL GIRL is one of those. Therefore I think that as long as I know that it doesn’t minimize other girls I just feel pretty okay with it .
Black + White or Color? Color
Digital or Film? Film
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Hot or Cold? Cold
Eyes or Lips? Eyes
Denim or Leather? Denim
Nights In or Nights Out? Nights in
Book or Film? Both, that’s a very hard question.
Call or Text? Text
I don’t have one. The only thing that I can tell you about my personal style is how happy and free I can get to feel to dress the way that I want and to walk around without giving a fuck about what people think. I’m not a very confident person, so those type of days when I can just be myself on the inside and on the outside are the best days .