Light on a Woman Artist
Marie Bagi presents to you,
A Writing interview of Peyton alias Spacemochi
Tell me about yourself and your path…
My name is Peyton, and I am mainly a hobbyist artist. As far as a path, I don’t think I really have anything set in stone at the moment to be honest, but my dream goals are to be able to live off my art and also be able to travel as well, specifically I am dying to visit Japan!
How did you get involved with art? Have you always created?
I started drawing when I was about 5 years old, and started taking art classes in school when I was about 6. From then forward I was always involved in classes for art. Outside of school my mom would take me to things like pottery painting and I was also very into writing short stories with imagery as a child. One of my biggest inspirations to draw, (particularly women) was watching Sailor Moon growing up. It had a large influence on my desire to draw Manga and Anime style characters all the way into my early teens, I think the elements of fantasy and magic have always played as a big influence for me.
Why did you move towards painting and drawing?
It’s always been something that I feel gives me a sense of freedom and enjoyment. It’s like my own personal playground where I can bring anything to life and the freedom to express it, however I desire, to me that’s like modern magic.
I can see a real influence of Japan on your work, like manga culture, can you tell me how this beautiful influence came into your art?
It all started when I was about 5 years old, I watched this programming block called Toonami. Shows like Sailor Moon and Yu Yu Hakusho were featured on there and it became a large influence for me to begin drawing, their touch on fantasy and the occult really captivated me. Manga artists such as Rumiko Takahashi, Kentaro Miura, Junji Ito and even artists such as Yoshitaka Amano to Gensho Sugiyama have been inspiring to me as well throughout my life and continue today.
How intimacy shows up into your art’s pieces?
I think as my skills and art progress and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found intimacy in my art through wanting to create faces and bodies that fall out of the ‘preferred’ beauty norm, particularly for women. It gives me a place to feel comfortable in my own skin (as someone who never really has) and explore a plethora of people of all different backgrounds and structures who I find beautiful to re-create in my own expressions.
Did you already expose your work?
Only on Social Media platforms, I’ve never formally shown art in galleries or similar.
Is there a place where we can see your work permanently, I mean, physically?
It’s possible, but currently I do not have any places to showcase my art physically. Generally, it’s something I’ve kept to myself and also because I’ve never had the resources to do so.
Can you tell, how hard is it to get a recognition in America for a Woman artist?
America certainly has a long history for not recognizing women (particularly women of color) for their talents, discoveries, statements etc. But I believe female artists in America have gained a lot of traction over the last couple of years due to much of the feminist movements who have continued to push for equality for all and creating inclusive spaces for women(and self-identifying women as well) I’d say it’s slightly gotten easier over the years for us to gain the recognition we deserve, but there’s still a ways to go for female art to be valued the way our male counterparts are, and as I said earlier these spaces must be more inclusive, art is not meant to be restricted.
Are you proposing some activities around your work?
If yes, which one can you propose for Espace Artistes Femmes?
Or if not, which kind of activity can you propose?
Yes! Well, mainly for this in particular. I would love to showcase future pieces for Espace Artistes Femmes I think what Marie is doing is super important for female artists and I love the idea of being a part of it.
By Marie Bagi, Contemporary art history and Philosophy, PhD.
Published on March 15th