This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Christa Pratt.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I’m interested in staying spiritually, politically, and emotionally in-tune with myself and my existence through sculpting blackness in intimate and sensual ways, centering blackness and femininity. Decentering whiteness and patriarchy has been an important part of my self-love journey and my journey as an artist. At its core, with my work I want to communicate that we as living things have continuous access to the immaculate and the sublime, and always have the propensity to reach heights we can’t even imagine. Regardless of what people or systems may try to do to limit us, we can create beauty that is intimately unique to each one of us because of our specific experiences. I want my work to communicate self-love and hope.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
There are a million correct answers to that question. In my opinion, an artist’s responsibility is simply to create what is needed, to create the persistence of an idea, or to find new answers. To contribute to yourself and/or those around you, and to contribute in a way that is not harmful. When ideas die or go unchallenged, we never collectively learn or move forward, and we continue making the same mistakes. Artists will create or innovate in whatever method that fits them and for whatever reason, be that to create solace from, to remind, to create a utilitarian solution to a problem, or even to actively ignore. But, the ideas and output should not be harmful.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
My favorite figurative painting that I’ve ever done, called Miko (There Were No Mirrors In My House), Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 6 feet, 2013.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will.
If I really want to make a work, I don’t think there’s anything that would stop me from making it.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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(Image at top: Christa Pratt, Planet G, Acrylic Paint on Artist Panel, 20 x 16 inches)