We had the good fortune of connecting with Siphne Sylve and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Siphne, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I decided to start my own business because I believed it was time to start investing my energy into work that I love. The process was long, but evident. I wrote, I meditated, and I planned. I spent time rediscovering what I loved about making art. I spent time thinking about what makes me happy. I also spent time thinking about how I could make a living doing what I love. Like most major decisions or new beginnings it was scary, but eventually the need to make a move became stronger than the fear — it had to be done.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an artist. I have a background in illustration, but my studio is primarily commissioned for logos, album art, and large scale murals. I believe that anything anyone creates with their whole self is special. What I make isn’t like what anyone else creates because I’m me. I’m most excited about the work I’m creating now. It’s a project called “Home” and it’s primarily about identity. The work focuses on identifiers of home and depicts memories of growing up in New Orleans and becoming an adult in Memphis. It feels good to use these moments to reflect on the people and places I care about the most. This work is also exciting because I’m pushing my crafting boundaries beyond creating only 2-D work. While Covid-19 restrictions are proving to be a large challenge in this department, I am thrilled to work through this difficulty — I’m up for the challenge. The most prominent lesson I’ve learned on my artistic journey is discipline. It’s something I continuously practice. My business is art-making, essentially the art of telling stories. Everyday I have to consciously and physically make something. Each doodle, painting, recording, sketch or journal entry is a piece to a story and everyday I must work to complete it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents definitely deserve major credit to any success I achieve. I will always be grateful for their support and nourishment. They encouraged my artistic interests and invested in my dreams. I also have to give major props to my partner, Libya. I am thankful to build a life with someone who loves me and understands what it means to make a life as an artist. Lastly, I owe a great deal to the people who continue to support and invest in the work that I make,
Photos by Studio SAAYES & L.S. Freeman