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 Caroline Augusta.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I aim to bring awareness to a concept or cause that doesn’t get the airtime it deserves. The constant stimulation and force-fed nature of our society distracts us from what is truly important in keeping life on Earth alive and well.
Most of the work I make is an emotional response to an injustice I’ve witnessed in everyday life or the media; it raises up a voice that doesn’t always get heard or noticed. My goal is to encourage the viewer to speak up for what they believe in, express themselves, and to stand with others against the bullies that rule much of our planet.
Other parts of my work are therapy—I make art when I’m overwhelmed, heartbroken, confused, angry, or bored in order to process my emotions and as a way of helping others to not feel alone when they’re processing them as well. Making art is how I feel alive.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
From my perspective an artist should be passionate and fearless with their work. It’s difficult to find inspiration and drive consistently—that type of energy requires discipline and sacrifice at times—but I believe it’s what every artist should do. I hope artists of all disciplines remain true to their vision and curious enough to dig deeper than what they find on the surface.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
The making of Rainbow Warrior and Black Widow were both incredible experiences because of the collaborative effort that went into them. When I work, I get tunnel vision and become borderline obsessed—working around the clock and talking/thinking about that piece until it’s complete. The co-collaborators on both of these projects met my energy and we poured our hearts into it naturally, creating a workflow that was both fun and challenging. We trusted and respected each other’s opinions which gave us freedom and opened our perspectives in ways we hadn’t gotten the chance to experience before. These pieces opened my mind to possibilities I didn’t realize existed prior.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
Anything is possible from here :)
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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