We had the good fortune of connecting with Harrison Colvin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Harrison, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
I’ve always been a biography fanatic. We are often told not to judge a book by it’s cover, so instead I often go for whatever title rouses interest in me. I had never heard of Andrea Dworkin before being recommended Woman Hating but I knew I had to get my hands on it when a print copy was nowhere to be found at any of my local bookstores. I had to settle with downloading a PDF version on my phone while waiting for my local library to get a physical copy ordered for me.
Despite not being a fan of reading books on my phone I was completely enthralled and I finished the entire thing before ever holding it in print. Dworkin delivers an easy to digest yet uncomfortably pointed look at the misogyny present in our depiction of women throughout history and even in our fairytales. She explains the many unspoken structures present in society and how they warp our view of the world around us, effecting our ability to create truly unique art. Dworkins writing challenges current day creatives to restructure their thoughts, to recognize our power in creation and expression to recreate the very cultures that now controls us.
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.
cowboy.crucifixion started out simply as a way for me to document my art as I created it with my friends during the pandemic. I’ve gained a small following now and while I still do commissioned pieces I have been able to expand into doing prints of my digital artwork, as well as selling animal bones I’ve gathered and sanitized. I still try to focus on making artwork of/for the people I love. I find it is easier to get over the frustrations that come with the creative process when you know that what you are creating will be cherished in its home. Art is a joy in my life before it is a job and I find I am most successful when I allow life to play itself out organically. I have done gallery showings in the past and do plan on applying to more in the future. I also plan on having some pop-ups in local markets sometime over the next year so that I can expand my audience. I’m excited to see what opportunities present themselves to me next.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The majority of my friends live in Austin, TX so it is always a special occasion when they come to Tennessee to visit. Our cities beautiful landscape is the most important thing to showcase in my opinion. We always visit Prentice Cooper State Forest and Cloudland Canyon State Park. Driving across the top of Signal Mountain as the sunsets cannot be beat. We pack up a picnic basket with local cheeses, fruit, crackers, and drinks from Gaining Ground Grocery before we go out to explore.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dear friend Sam Highsettler, @highsettler on instagram, has been a great inspiration to me thru our friendship. His work is not only captivating to look at but often holds such raw emotion it keeps you coming back again and again just to stare at it. I am constantly sending him my work while I create it to get a second opinion on it. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Sam’s insight.
Other: My instagram used to be @cherubchampagne but I recently rebranded to @cowboy.crucifixion