We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Wolf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Make something everyday” I find this completely unrealistic. Especially as a part time artist, and full time in home teacher. I believe that realistic expectations for yourself and your work is far more important. I decide whether to make art day by day. If something comes to me and I’m itching to create it, then I will find the time. If i come home exhausted, having finger painted all day with my little ones, I may not want to draw, I may want quality time with my husband or pups. A major stepping stone in my own mental health as an artist, was realizing my output did not determine my artistic abilities. My patience with myself and my craft is what allows me to create work that better represents my style and process. Give yourself grace, and give yourself the peace of knowing that art will come, it cannot be forced.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being in the art community can feel cliquish and intimidating. If you want to be in a certain community, make the effort to meet those within that community. Your community is really is all about who you interact with. Which makes sense, because without knowing someone or their work, how can you begin to engage with them? I really had to push through my insecurities, and anxiety to attend openings and exhibitions, rather than just viewing them through my computer, or phone screen. Another big hurdle was professionalism. As a college grad, and daughter to two business related adults, I was told image mattered, look professional, make polite connections. But when I truly entered into galleries, I got some great advice from Erin Henry, @soilmate, “Wear what makes you feel like the artist you are. “ Her style, and public presence it what inspired me to be myself. I can’t imagine entering into a gallery or discussion about art with a collector while dressed as a business woman at a 9-5. As an artist I want the world to see me as I am, not a mask or costume I have to adorn to be taken seriously. If I take myself seriously, others will follow. If you don’t follow Erin Henry, don’t miss out, find her on insta as @soilmate, her work is emotive, physical, and impactful to the core.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I were to have someone come to visit me (pre or post COVID of course) I would have an itinerary as follows -Any and all ATL murals- it’s so easy to drive around and enjoy murals, and artists, a list of my favorite artists to hunt out are below -BB Boots -Thomas Turner -Greg Mike -Yoyo Ferro -Faatimah Stevens -Erin Henry -Jasmine Nicole -Adam Crawford -Peter Ferrari -Botanical Gardens- followed by a visit/shopping trip to The Victorian, and Flora & Fauna. -Laughing Skull Lounge for dinner and a late comedy show- stand-up is one of my favorite things to watch live -Xiamara Jennings performance – her voice is like honey, and of course you can find her on Spotify
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband: My husband allows me the privilege of working on my art before and after dinner, without having to worry about taking the dogs out, making dinner, cleaning the dishes, getting groceries.. My husband does extra house work on days I make art, and that can’t go unnoticed. Without him, without his help I would hardly have any time. ABV Gallery: I had the amazing opportunity to participate in ABV’s Drink and Doodles. These are live art events that allow you to socialize with fellow artists in the area, meet collectors, and explore what it means to make art in a crowd. I still remember my first piece being auctioned off at the end of the night, and going home in disbelief that someone would buy my work. What I realized was that by being transparent with my process and showing my attention to detail during those live events, helped grow my social media account and my confidence as an artist. Without these events I don’t know where I would be on my art journey today. Ceramist and teacher Travis Carr: I started paper cutting in high school to transfer images to my pottery. My teacher, who we called “Coach Carr” was the one who showed me how to make stencils out of paper and transfer them to pottery with different colors of slip. I no longer work in ceramics, but I know my paper-cutting journey began the day he showed me the process.
ABV Gallery took the photo of the skateboard deck, Siren Song, for their website.