GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: MAGGIE LOVE

*Please note that some images in this interview contain artwork featuring nudity.

How old are you?
37

What is the primary medium you work in?
Primarily acryl gouache, currently making the switch to more digital.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Right now? Digital. I like not cleaning up a huge mess.

What is one medium that you would love to learn?
Oil. I really want to learn oil.

What is your favorite subject matter?
Pulp era pin ups.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
If you have an iPad, the Apple Pencil is worth it. If you’re going traditional, don’t skimp on your brush care. I highly recommend Trekell’s coconut brush soap and restoring fluid. Both have extended the life of my brushes by months, if not years.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three art supply items that you would have with you?
A set of Turner Acryl Gouache paints, Arches watercolor paper, and my Trekell brushes.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I highly recommend Animation by Preston Blair, any books that collect examples of art you admire, ie for me The Art of Horror by Stephen Jones is a big win.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I’ve been creating since I was a kid, but I didn’t get serious until my early twenties when I started working as a tattoo apprentice.

Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
Currently I’ve been swooning over 70s pulp detective covers, Italian horror movie posters, and golden era comic color palates.

What piece of art do you most closely identify with?
That I created? All of them. A little piece of me exists in every single one. That someone else created? The Witches’ Sabbath by Francisco Goya.

If you could time travel to experience any art movement firsthand, what would it be and why?
I’d love to go back to the German Renaissance, specifically to go back and pick Durer’s brain. (I don’t know how to type the umlaut). There’s something about that era that is in touch with parts of ourselves we may have lost.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Don’t take everything so seriously.

What is your absolute dream project? If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
Still going with a Tarot deck. One day it’ll happen.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist? Has this changed over your art career?
I’ve gone from a focus of financial sustainability, to just wanting to make art that makes me happy. I think I’m there.

What would you do if you were only two inches tall? 
Sneak into the local AMC and theater hop.

If you could shrink any piece of art to carry around in your pocket with you, what would it be and why? 
I’m sticking with The Witches’ Sabbath.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
Each piece is a personification of an element in its most feminine form.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
I’m trying to reconnect to my own spirituality, and these pieces are part of me working out how to find the energy around and within us, and communicate with it.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery? 
I love doing pocket sized art. It’s a challenge, and it’s a way to provide affordable originals to beginning collectors. Selling small pieces is how I’ve met some of my most favorite people, too!

Would you rather have the ability to shrink very small or become a giant? 
Small. Can you imagine how much cheaper travel would be if I literally could hop in someone’s luggage?

Is this the smallest piece of artwork that you’ve ever created? 
Nope. I’ve actually tattooed pieces that were as small as a dime.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Several times, I’ve been a part of the gallery for about two or three years now.


YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM MAGGIE LOVE HERE:
Etsy
Instagram

*Please note that all artwork is reposted with permission from the artists. Please do not use, alter, or repost the artwork without direct permission from the artists. Each artist may have a different Creative Commons license on their work/images and you will need to contact them directly in order to obtain permission for your uses.

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