00:00.00

charukaarora

So now we are recorded. You can hear me write. Yes I can hear you but I am very interested in a lot of things about her work. But what’s really stolen my heart and if you know you and I have a very like similar interest. But of course like.

00:00.64

Alexa

Okay, great. Yes I can hear you can hear you hear me.

00:19.36

charukaarora

Ah work will have I think different ways of looking like as an outcome but crushing jewelry of your grandmother like those vinted jewelry and putting that in her work. Oh My goodness I really have was like I’m very interested in how you’re doing that What how did you? I. We’ll go to that. Let’s start with how did you you know began your journey. How did you get into the yards.

00:44.69

Alexa

Um I was just one of those kids who said when I was 5 that I wanted to be an artist and that was the end of it. So I just made art obsessively as a kid and kind of knew like at age 14 I think this is what I want. Go to school for and so I went to art school I did the traditional art school thing and I went to grad. Yeah, that thing that’s not a requirement in any sense but I did it just because I was one of those kids who just that’s what I wanted to do and.

01:11.62

charukaarora

Ting.

01:18.68

charukaarora

A.

01:23.35

Alexa

Um I got a master’s degree with the intention of teaching and I didn’t really like to teach so I taught for a few years and then I transitioned into just being a full time studio artist.

01:26.59

charukaarora

Yeah, oh.

01:40.61

Alexa

Um, and I do art fairs and things like that to support myself. Um, and so yeah, when I got out of graduate school I kind of had artists black for quite a few years and I did a lot of different.

01:42.32

charukaarora

Yeah.

01:58.60

Alexa

Things I got a traditional job in an office kind of and I I was teaching at night but I had like that you know the office the day job thing and I had artist block So I kind of had ah.

02:00.62

charukaarora

Okay.

02:08.30

charukaarora

Yeah, how many years was this.

02:15.74

Alexa

Maybe like two or three years after graduate school because you get burned out. You could I mean every artist has burnout and.

02:17.26

charukaarora

Okay, yeah, and you know what’s strange I’ve heard this repetitively on the podcast that a lot of people who go to art school I didn’t go to art school so I don’t know how that works but a lot of people who went to art school. Stopped making art for immediately after it for a couple of months years of time either. They fell too criticized of themselves or like they had lost the momentum or then like the charm of why they got into the arts or like burnout and this is. This is exactly not what schools are supposed to do I’m not saying that specifically schools are doing that but we are hearing this again and again.

03:02.48

Alexa

Yes, it’s so common I think everyone I went to graduate school with like as soon as they got out and it was like over it just felt not fun anymore and it.

03:14.59

charukaarora

Yeah.

03:19.40

Alexa

And then you kind of over criticize and over critique yourself and and it feels like you can’t make anything anymore. So for me I kind of started from scratch at age like twenty five about ten years ago I was like I have to make art i. I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was a little kid like this is something I have to do so I’m going to start and just do it for the same reasons I did it as a kid which is like just to express myself. Not really go in and have like some conceptual like big meaning behind it but just make it a practice.

03:46.48

charukaarora

Joy.

03:55.00

charukaarora

So.

03:56.52

Alexa

And I started showing up every day and doing like like gradual things and eventually I got bored and I started getting weird with it and that’s when I introduced my grandmother’s Jewelry. So my grandmother passed away and. She gave me or I inherited all her old jewelry and my yes, my grandmother she most of it’s costume jewelry but she liked to dress up. She had a new like a different outfit every day she liked to adorn herself and have just like.

04:15.11

charukaarora

Water luck.

04:23.22

charukaarora

Okay. Go out.

04:31.49

Alexa

You know so every day she had an outfit and I knew to me her jewelry was very special to me. Um, and I knew I would do something with it so I was doing a one hundred day project and. I was looking at her jewelry and I was painting insects because I love nature and I look at insects kind of as like the adornment to our natural world because they are iridescent and gold and sparkly and like there’s exciting things about them.

04:52.17

charukaarora

So yeah.

04:58.58

charukaarora

Yes.

05:07.40

Alexa

And I was looking at her jewelry that I had in my studio and I was like making this connection of like oh this is this jewelry that my grandmother adorned herself with and then it’s iridescent and gold and sparkly just like the insects what if I started crushing it and putting it into my paints.

05:24.59

charukaarora

Crushing a jewelry crushing her jewelry. How did at that point while you were thinking did that think like also like I really get where you’re coming from because you know I had no clue that I was feeling this way and your grandmother sounds a lot like my mother though.

05:26.40

Alexa

Yes.

05:40.30

charukaarora

So even she was like very obsessed with her clothes a jewelry like fashion. She loved to dress up and I didn’t know that I had a connection with jewelry as strong as I feel today and it was very organic I never felt like jewelry started to work appeared in my work. Like in bits and pieces and it then right? Um I’m I’m working on a solar show and it’s all about indian jewelries and necklaces and like you know and I never thought that it was. It was so subconsciously imbibed into my heart and soul. But. Taking a call like crushing your jewelry I’m sure like did you have any innovations like um like emotional innovations also because they they came from your grandmother and then you know like also crushing also means that you’re. You’re shaping its form changing its form but you’re also like if you want to see it like you’re also like destroying and if you don’t have attachment to something. It’s easier. But then there is something that you know that’s that’s how did you deal with all of that and does that impact your work today like that emotional part because I think that is the mean. Um, you know of what we do.

06:56.88

Alexa

So for me, it was a lot about Trans Well one the metaphor of how we treat nature too and how we crushed insects. So yeah, so for me, it was like I liked that having this like.

07:05.11

charukaarora

Yeah I thought that was coming. Yeah.

07:16.20

Alexa

Super precious thing that my grandmother I think my grandmother would have liked what I did with it So I don’t think she would have had any like yeah and um.

07:23.29

charukaarora

No, we love. We love? Ah, ah, you know what? sorry but also it feels like like ever since I can see those paintings in the background right? Anyone who’s watching is on Youtube um I can see I and I love that work I don’t know what it’s called. But I love that work. And now when you’ve given me this connection that these these are your grandmother’s jewelry and she loves to dress up every painting to me is like you know this is one way how she would dress up like this is one way of like like you know every time I look at my work I also think the same way like like in India. A woman when you know we we wear our attires like you know the sari the jewelry like it’s like you know this are very typical if you see indian movies like they’ll put pans and then they’ll put teacars and then they’ll wear the house and like put a biy and like all of those things so whenever I look at my work and I’m making something like okay. Now this stage feels like she’s dressing up this stage. This stage feels like okay, she’s putting up on makeup like like you know these connections that we make with the work is like and now when I’m looking at your work in the in in the picture. It’s like oh that would be how her grandma. Like put dress like the kind kind of blink I could see like you know.

08:34.33

Alexa

Yes, yes, it does It definitely has a huge influence on my work and me as a person too and that’s kind of where the meaning comes from is that ancestral like we all have that connection to. You know the previous generations and how they impact us so I like using it just for that the meaning behind that.

08:57.83

charukaarora

Yeah, go it Sorry I had to cut you. He.

09:04.20

Alexa

Um, know your um so back to about okay using the crush jewelry. Um as a metaphor for how we treat our environment and then also having that ancestral connection. Um, and.

09:21.10

Alexa

So yeah, that’s what I think about when I use it and I like that it carries on my grandmother’s memory too and I think she would appreciate that that it that her her pieces that she’s intensely picked out are now all over the world in different collectors homes. It’s kind of.

09:25.49

charukaarora

Yes, yeah.

09:37.90

charukaarora

I at and like you. So basically she had 1 piece but you’ve made like several out of those now. There’s also like yes yes, but also tell me something how what was your experience of doing it for the first time like it’s not like.

09:40.91

Alexa

Kind of special.

09:45.70

Alexa

Yes, yes, hundreds. Yeah.

09:57.60

charukaarora

Seeing crushed and I really want to see like I haven’t seen your work in in touch and field. So I’m sure it looks way different than it looks you know, um on on textop or like image. But what was your experience of firstly doing this I’m sure it must be early like but it’s not like ah okay, your what.

10:07.41

Alexa

Yes.

10:16.25

charukaarora

Buying another form of paint or like okay you’re painting on a fabric or like things that someone on these like people have exploded are popularly taught spoken about out out there like honestly I don’t know a lot of people who use crush jewelry. So I’m really interested on how that experience was for you for the first time. How do you do that.

10:36.93

Alexa

Um I have a as I made a stone crusher and it’s basically I went to a hardware store and got metal plumbing pipes and then you make a mechanism and it crushes stone.

10:38.78

charukaarora

Okay.

10:50.14

charukaarora

Okay.

10:52.22

Alexa

And so I actually physically take the beads and put it in the stone crusher and then hammer it very hard. It’s a very violent aggressive thing because these be you know there’s natural stones glass and.

11:01.43

charukaarora

Yeah.

11:11.21

Alexa

Um, acrylic and it’s hard to crush up so it’s a process. It’s kind of therapeutic a little a little bit. It’s very physical.

11:17.22

charukaarora

Also anger will help you man manage your anger. Okay I feel I feel angry today I feel angry today. Let me? Yes, let me crush some Joe stones today.

11:22.60

Alexa

Yes, exactly? yes, today’s a stone crushing day. Yes, so yeah, the first few it was a lot smaller scale now. It’s kind of grown into. A big big ordeal like I have ah half of my studio is dedicated to making paints so it started off kind of intimate and you know just doing I did one paint a day for about one hundred days where I made a new paint every day. Um.

11:48.55

charukaarora

God.

12:01.71

Alexa

And now I make paint for other people. So I have like a whole whole thing going on. So yeah.

12:02.53

charukaarora

Yes, I’ve seen that I have to after this call I’m going to go and buy myself a pain set are those also from jewelry. Okay.

12:14.70

Alexa

Some of them are some of them are and some of them are from premium artists pigments.

12:20.55

charukaarora

And how do how do I figure out that I wanted jewelry one for sure.

12:24.75

Alexa

Well I’ll send you one. How about that we can Well we’ll make an arrangement I’ll send you something special. Okay, okay.

12:30.12

charukaarora

Ah, yeah, so you send me the link. Love fact I can’t wait to see okay, another thing that I found very interesting was you live um in a huge land which was a former Christmas tree.

12:47.63

Alexa

Yes.

12:48.90

charukaarora

Land and it’s like it’s like all mystical things coming right into your place and like you have this and when I look at your work I can see all of that coming together. Let’s talk a little bit about that.

12:58.41

Alexa

Yes, so I live in southwest michigan and the united states near the great lakes and where you live in a very forested area. Um, and I live on a. Ah, ten acre former christmas tree farm so it’s filled with pine trees that would have been christmas trees but it’s like fifty years later so they’re just a bunch of giant pine trees and it is very inspiring so we have like.

13:16.60

charukaarora

And laugh goodness.

13:23.86

charukaarora

Okay.

13:29.45

Alexa

Coyotes living back in our woods and that’s been very inspirational just the gifts they bring the bones and the different animals and that what they do back. There is just Fascinating. So I’ve done work inspired by that and just inspired by the forest in nature and. You know going back in the woods and watching it grow. Um, and.

13:49.68

charukaarora

Did your work always impacted like influenced by nature and these things like you know, but while you were in the art school also and how did this shift has happened. No.

13:59.72

Alexa

No, no, it wasn’t at all. In fact, when I was young I said I would never paint a flower and then here I So like.

14:10.65

charukaarora

Ah has haven’t we all done that and then we all come back to painting flowers. Some are the other way.

14:17.20

Alexa

And then we all come back to painting flowers. Well I think you know when I was a teenager I was like I’ll never paint a flower I’ll only do like important political. You know that that was kind of where my mind was is and when I was in school like that was kind of encouraged like I went to.

14:29.63

charukaarora

Yeah.

14:36.90

Alexa

Ah, school that kind of pushed the conceptual side of art and it that it goes back to when I was talking about getting out of graduate school and feeling burned out by all of that and it was really kind of depressing to work on such serious things for so long. And that was part of my burnout was you know I can’t work on depressing work anymore because it it consumes you um as an artist so I went to back to kind of my roots and you know my grandmother’s jewelry and doing repetitive things like one hundred day projects

14:59.23

charukaarora

Yeah, um.

15:15.72

Alexa

Where I just showed up and painted and painted whatever inspired me at that moment and it so happened that I’ve always had a connection to nature I’ve always loved to hike and be in nature I grew up on a lake with turtles and.

15:28.34

charukaarora

Wow.

15:29.82

Alexa

You know insects and little creatures and stuff like that. So that’s always like influenced my life but it didn’t necessarily influence my art until I realize oh my life should influence my art. So maybe these things that I thought were primitive and kind of.

15:34.79

charukaarora

Influence here while let it.

15:47.17

Alexa

Insignificant really are more significant because you know that’s what I connect to So that’s how that kind of evolved into you know nature is we’re all part of nature. So why not pain it.

16:00.13

charukaarora

Yes, and you’ve you’ve created this like when I look at your work. It is this little magical rustic um world of your own and I think you know I was saying this to um, my partner recentlyly and. I was I was telling him you know So we’ve like pretty hecive and like I’ve had a terrible too hard years. He’s had a lot of his share of struggles and everything and I was telling you know for the past for the past like throughout the 20 s we’ve really Worked. We built things. Um, you know done everything that people you know, expect you? Okay good. You know this this this good boy good girl or like a good life like you know you’re meant to do things and I said you know what I think now is that you know we’ve done things as per you know that rulebook that comes like the subconscious rulebook. Okay. If you want to give live a good life work very hard if you do this do that? Ah be a good girl. Be a good boy and I feel like you know in this process I have figured that in spite of doing all of those things yashovi. Um, it is not possible to live a life like this. Um, the practical way of Life. We’ve been doing that and it just doesn’t seem to work because what’s the life if you lose the joy and the magic and the fantasy and I’m like you know what I do feel like from now on I’d like to have the same fantasy I have in my art in my life.

17:33.45

charukaarora

Like when I go and make art I Don’t think if it’s practical I don’t think and that brings me joy and that that brings me like like we have to like infuse that fantasy and that portion of joy and matching into our lives because if we make it too practical and like it. It’s not only the art school or our work.. It’s like our lives burnout and you know I think the strange thing is that people tell you on the contrary like people will keep telling you that you know oh you have to do this so that and you know how you have to be so calculated and I think just for us as artists. I Just don’t think it’s for artist. Also I think it’s for everybody I just feel like unless we don’t have that spark of like magic like you know it’s like ah like you know, um that I don’t know how it’s called um, the power up puff girls had that? Um, um. A top of spice and magic and nice like you know and that’s a perfect palm hilla like you know that’s when I look at your work. It feels like you you’re creating this little universe like this little magical world and something to look forward to something to come out of.

18:29.47

Alexa

Yes.

18:42.16

Alexa

Yes, thank you for seeing.

18:47.56

charukaarora

Tell me something. Do you while you felt like all of those um years have burnt out and um, what what was the missing magic or what went Away. Um. While you felt that creative Block. You know, sometimes like do you think can you can you talk a little bit about what took that away What what took that magic or then what brought that magic back again for you.

19:16.12

Alexa

So when I was a graduate school I had a professor who was ahead of the department say something to me and I hated him for it. He said he said alexa it doesn’t look like you’re having fun. And I I was always been pretty serious like I took my school very seriously and I probably didn’t have fun and I hated him for saying that probably because it was true and it goes back to that like when I got out and I was in an artist’s block and I kept.

19:43.10

charukaarora

2

19:52.66

Alexa

Thinking about what he said to me and I kept thinking. Well why did I want to become an artist in the first place like it was intuitive. It was something you know as a child like I just I wanted to do it. Well what was the difference between then and now and probably it was the fun and. When I wasn’t having fun. It. It just took the life out of it and when I could rediscover that it became good again and now I really enjoy my life and I’m glad I became an artist so it was the fun.

20:26.90

charukaarora

So let me put it again. Why you were doing like you would this a 1 student who was trying to do the best of our abilities what you were missing was not having enough fun with your work that took away a lot of your own charm.

20:39.31

Alexa

Yes, yes, yes.

20:45.71

charukaarora

And then once you infuse that fund back again. That’s when you started to really make the work that you’re making now haven’t we all got it all wrong like how we’ve taste our part so differently like we keep going. Okay I have to knees and.

20:53.30

Alexa

Yes, exactly.

21:04.40

charukaarora

Like I feel like so seriously like that that we that I have no doubt that hard work is very very required for all of that we do. But if you don’t enjoy that work. It can only make you more miserable than anything else.

21:18.80

Alexa

Yes, and as an artist you need to have some reprieve in your process or else You don’t want to do it anymore. You don’t want to make art. So like that Reprieve is the fun part because there are aspects of every art studio that like.

21:26.42

charukaarora

Um, yeah.

21:31.77

charukaarora

You You wouldn’t and yes, yes, not.

21:36.44

Alexa

That is not fun running a business is not necessarily fun for for I mean a lot of artists. Not necessarily everyone some people like that sort of thing but there’s a lot of aspects of doing this. That’s very stressful and like you know so really kind of like going back and.

21:43.68

charukaarora

Yeah.

21:55.27

Alexa

Like rediscovering like why did I want to do this in the first place that helped me get rolling again and feel good about what I’m doing and like you know, keep moving forward and yeah, get out of that artist block.

22:08.17

charukaarora

And you okay tell me something even today what are the things that like you know I truly believe like you said your life needs to be your work right? You create this magical work that you put out in the world. That means you need to infuse a little magic into your life as well. Okay, now how I asked this question to ruby right? Also, she’s a wonderful wonderful illustration she makes these like childlike innocent like drawings and illustrated books and I asked her. If you make these childlike drawings that means you have to protect the child in you who can think like this who can make like this now I’m asking you the same question if you’re putting out a little magic into the world that means you need to protect the magic that you have for them so protect that that you know the soul and the purpose of who we are. And how that comes into a work How do you do that.

23:07.27

Alexa

Um, well, it’s something I forgot how to do it and then I remember this distinct moment when I remembered and so I have young kids and at the time I think I don’t think I had kids yet but I was I was drawing. A lot of insects and an adults reaction to insects and Iraq. It’s a little things is a lot. Ah a lot of people go oh or I I hate spiders or that’s that’s disgusting. But.

23:24.89

charukaarora

Okay. Um, yes, yeah, yes, yes.

23:41.51

Alexa

I notice because I do art fairs that the children responded with such joy and excitement and when I saw that when I saw a kid walk into my my booth and have a like a genuine excited response. It was like a wave over me that I remembered what it was like to be a kid and be close to the ground and seeing something for the first time and being excited and that was kind of the moment I started using a lot of sparkle in my work because that childhood innocence thing like that’s.

24:02.76

charukaarora

Yeah.

24:10.10

charukaarora

Um, yeah.

24:15.20

charukaarora

Yeah.

24:18.61

Alexa

Spark of joy that I saw in that child’s face was like really ah it was revigorating and it reminded me of that feeling and then since I’ve had kids and watching them respond to nature. And respond to life in general and like seeing something for the first time because you forget that as an adult like what it was like and that’s remind that’s reminded me and has definitely been an inspiration in my work is that that excitement that they have.

24:38.72

charukaarora

Yes, yes, absolutely.

24:50.67

charukaarora

Your kids excitement. So do you have like any rituals or like any any habit its practices that you keep intentionally in your life to make sure that you you know you keep that part attacked.

24:53.89

Alexa

Yes, for life.

25:08.50

Alexa

Um, yeah I have a lot of rituals like going for walks and that’s like some of my because I do mix media work with the jewelry and stuff but like a lot of the.

25:16.85

charukaarora

Yes.

25:21.81

Alexa

My textures and things I’ll collect out in nature too to bury under the gold and like within the jewelry. So like I go on watch my kids and I find shells and Cicada husks and insects that I dehydrate and stuff and so all of that.

25:34.82

charukaarora

Goodness.

25:40.43

Alexa

But I guess that would be considered a ritual that like goes into the work.

25:43.80

charukaarora

Yes, yes, and it’s also like did you did you ever feel? um like the weird one specially like you know I felt like I I mean.

25:51.81

Alexa

Oh yeah, yes.

26:01.12

charukaarora

The moment you start doing things that on a mass or a general level people are not doing you start to feel like you start feeling like you were the weird one instead like a lot of time which isn’t just the case but how did you like.

26:07.10

Alexa

Yeah.

26:21.11

charukaarora

How you know my question let me frame this better. We have this calling within us that’s telling us. Okay, you know why? let’s go to the Park. Let’s look out for something. Let’s go to do this. Let’s then there’s like a practical voice around you that oh parks are dirty or insects are. Tacky or like you know how do you find that strength and the belief to hear to your intution and whatever that may be like we will all have very different ways of different voices and outcomes. How do you make sure that even if you feel the weird one Even if that feels weird for everybody else. But if that is your own voice. That feels true to you. You follow that.

27:05.40

Alexa

Um, while I feel like as artists. It’s good to be the weird one. So it’s I.

27:10.37

charukaarora

Yes, hat Will you I think they’re all weird ones just just that I think all through our lives. We’re all putting up layers to um to Show. We are not weird instead as artists we show our like we layer us ourselves down. To actually show how weird we are.

27:28.49

Alexa

Yeah, and I think people I think a lot most people are secretly weird and but artists are the ones who are allowed to like express that and like it’s kind of our job too because you know the average person.

27:34.64

charukaarora

Yes, obviously.

27:46.85

Alexa

Maybe not get to express that So that’s our job.

27:51.39

charukaarora

But ah, we all get to express. It’s just that. Um we need to give ourselves the permission um to do that the permission to make weird stuff. Um the permission I feel like.

27:56.27

Alexa

Yes.

28:05.90

charukaarora

I Feel like when I see I have kids at home now. Um, my brother has kids and I see like he wouldn’t let his his kids like get his hand their hands dirty or like display and like you know colors are all around or there is Mess. He really Like. He feels very uncomfortable around those things and I’m like get messy spill the paint face paint my face and like my niece and I would like before going to bed like you know we’ll do weird stuff and like she’ll paint things on my head and my hands and like you know stuff like that or like I would be like okay yours. Here’s this wall or here’s this paper take all of this and you know do whatever you want to do or when people teach you like you know, very commonly like ask kids like you have to color within the lines and I’m the the weird one and the weird Aunt who is always saying don’t color within the lines color wherever you want break those boundaries. And I’m like how differently like like we are all build the same way. We all grew up the same way, but it’s just that. Um, it’s so much of unlearning for ourselves and as artists I think we also set onto that path of day we choose to be artists like. We know that there’s so much to truly know Ourselves. We have to let go of those you know.

29:23.64

Alexa

Yes, yes.

29:26.94

charukaarora

Okay, thank you so much alexa. This was very very fun. Thank you so much for your time and I really appreciate it I have one last thing to let you before I let you go which is a little rapid fire I’m going to pull my questions.

29:32.74

Alexa

Thank you for having.

29:46.79

charukaarora

You’ve spoken a lot about magic today. Let’s create a little magic. Okay, ah ah, let’s start. Are you ready? This will be quick. Okay I have to be quick. Okay, this or that.

29:56.85

Alexa

Yes, okay.

30:03.65

charukaarora

Early morning or late night your choice of late night how late do you work.

30:05.41

Alexa

Late night

30:12.28

Alexa

Um, I used to work 6 to midnight and it’s become harder to do that now. So um, yeah, that that times my ideal though.

30:22.72

charukaarora

Okay, music or silence your zone of creating music. Okay, what kind of music. Do you listen? Okay okay I have this I’m going to ask you.

30:28.32

Alexa

Um, music. Yes, um, a lot of punk music and alternative.

30:42.81

charukaarora

I’m very interested colors and I’m going to fix this for you. Colors are black and gold your if you had to choose 1 tell me.

30:48.42

Alexa

Um, yes, ah, black or gold. Oh my gosh both but gold obviously gold.

30:58.95

charukaarora

Okay, creativity or perfectionism. What’s your first choice.

31:05.59

Alexa

Oh creativity.

31:10.41

charukaarora

Creativity. Okay, what do you? What made you fall in love without.

31:16.92

Alexa

Um, probably the that childhood excitement and and innate in innate obsession with creating things.

31:27.39

charukaarora

I Love that? Okay, what was the best piece of advice you’ve given by another artist someone who’s given you advice that you still count on.

31:36.36

Alexa

Probably the advice I just mentioned about that professor that I hated telling me to have more fun. Yes.

31:47.85

charukaarora

Fun and he did give you an amazing one? Okay um, what has been the biggest challenge you faced in your creative journey so far.

32:00.91

Alexa

Um, definitely artist block and having years of no inspiration and then working at it. You know, getting out of that by just working every day. Yeah.

32:09.69

charukaarora

Out of that. Yeah yeah, okay has technology I’m interested in curing this one has technology enhanced and helped you or um. You know, obstructed your creative process.

32:25.21

Alexa

Ah, definitely Helped. Um I think in my early years I used a lot of digital media and in fact, my my master’s degree is in print media which combines traditional processes with contemporary print media processes and even though my work is. Painting now I still use a lot of digital media processes for my print printmaking and all that. So yeah, it’s definitely helped.

32:51.89

charukaarora

1 last question one piece of advice you would like to give anyone who’s listening to this episode another woman artist and another artist who’s who’s on a similar path like yours or otherwise.

33:04.77

Alexa

Um I I guess I would like to say be patient with yourself because I in my life I’ve had periods of intense um inspiration and production and I’ve also had. Intense lulls that were really hard to work Past. So just be patient with yourself and kind of go with the flow.

33:32.11

charukaarora

Love that perfect. Thank you so much alexa. This was really nice and I hope everybody finds a little magic for the dave and they hear this episode and I really want to say a big. Thank you? But before I let you go um, take this moment to take the stage. If you have anything out coming up that is no where people can hear you support you connect with you if you have anything that you want to share with us a project I know you have pains that I really want you to share so just take the stage that is no let people support you and tell them where to find you.

33:49.95

Alexa

Okay.

34:08.60

Alexa

Um, first of all, thank you so much for having me I’ve been a follower of your ah podcast for the last two years and I’m so impressed with what you do and I’m so excited about your gallery and your studio and everything you do so.

34:08.36

charukaarora

Absolutely.. Thank you.

34:21.80

charukaarora

Thank you command But thank you.

34:22.91

Alexa

You are a huge inspiration and thank you for doing what you do for women agas um it um, and so I guess I would like to tell people about um my watercolors you can find them on alexak.com um, and I’m also on Instagram Alexa Carabin um and I have a solo exhibition coming up this summer and I’ll be sharing all of that on my social media. Um, and so right now I’m I’m busy in the studio making new pieces for that and I also do. Art shows in Michigan up along the lakes in the summer so if you’re in the area. Check out my website for my calendar and yeah, that’s it.

35:11.61

charukaarora

Perfect and I am going to link everything that alexa has mentioned in the show notes. So make sure that you check our website on the show notes you’ll find alexa’s work a lot more images that we’ve been spoken about. You can also find the links to the website to the pans we may will make sure that we link everything and we’ll also convert this transcript like into a q know q and a for anyone who doesn’t have the instant time or you want to catch up later. You go to the website and see a q any of some highlights of these questions that we have for Alexa. For everyone else. Thank you so much for joining. Thank you Alexa and I hope you have a magical day. My okay.

35:54.71

Alexa

Thank you bye.

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