This weeks Artist Feature is with young creative Eden Waters!
Her work covers everything from Pointillism illustrations of animals and sausage rolls to the issue of Classism in art- if interested keep reading…
Q1: What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?
Im Eden, I’m 23 and I’m based between Birmingham and Norfolk at the moment after finishing uni in Birmingham
Q2: How did you first get into your creative practice/ work?
My main areas of practice are pointillism drawing and publication making. I am completely self taught at drawing and developed my practice (outside of drawing) whilst at university. I’ve always had odd aesthetic preferences, which I think were shaped by not being directed by school or anyone else. I like things that are perceived to be a bit crap and I am usually drawn to things that go unnoticed – it’s important to me to be curious about mundane things, and invite these things to be praised.
In uni I discovered a love for self-made publications and zines, and spend a lot of time making and planning them for documenting just about anything!
Q3: Are there any main or overarching themes you explore in your work?
I like my work to have an underlying importance. My work can be fun, or strange, but the foundation of it is often the most important part. Working with found objects is an important part of my practice.
My final major project surrounded Classism and exclusivity in the arts, and I have also previously focussed on the impacts of sexism, food wastage, and I am always inspired by the normality and hidden politics around me.
Q4: How has the COVID- 19 Pandemic affected your work?
As my surroundings are one of my biggest influences, it’s been really interesting to see the world close down, change, and re-emerge… and of course I’ve been planning publications!
Q5: Highlight one of your biggest inspirations!
Honestly, it’s just life. It sounds like a cop-out answer but really, there is something beneficial to be taken from everything we experience.
Q6: Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I haven’t given it much thought, that is one downside to taking things as they come. However I would love to still be involved with artist publications, and like the idea of encouraging others to create them too.
Q7: If you could share a message with the world, what would it be?
In general – It’s okay to be unsure.
In terms of artistic practice – Even if your practice seems to be uncommon, it doesn’t mean you’re doing things wrong or your work is bad; your audience will come. Make as much as you can, even if it seems to be going nowhere because you will find something great. Be curious!
To check out more of Eden’s work follow her Instagram @edenwtrs !
And you can also see her University FMP on Classism in the Online degree show… https://baaad.org/portfolios/eden-waters/
-THANKYOU FOR READING GANG-