When Stephanie Diamant is exploring.......
1.Was there a pivotal moment that made you follow your path as an artist?
Absolutely. I am a go getter. When I don't like something, I change it. There was a time period when I hated my job so much that I decided to completely quit cold with no revenue and pursue my creativity and passion. It was bold, and still is, but I do what I love- and that is my mantra.
2. What is the process of making your work?
My process is never the same and I often have so many ideas at one time that I sometimes shock myself. I am becoming more and more abstract in my art as a result of the explosiveness of ideas. I also am trying a lot of new things in addition to mixed media art on canvas, such as jewelry to start- which will be an expansion of my brand, Mixed Media by Steph.
3. Describe your work in two words.
4. What is your favorite art movement?
I must admit that art history was never my strong point, but I love so many of them. Impressionism is always my first thought to this question because I believe this movement was the first time in art history where colors were finally so vivid and beautiful that they could not be ignored. I love color, and I look to impressionist art for inspiration.
I also really appreciate Surrealism, Precisionism and Cubism because those movements took what was then defined as art in a completely new direction and gave so many unknown artists at the time a chance to express their vision- which is now iconically known, like Dali.
5. What is your least favorite art movement?
I highly appreciate medieval art, but because it is so uptight and so perfectly detailed it makes me crazy. Being an artist, it stresses me out to imagine how long it must have taken to create such intimate details.
6. How has your process changed over time?
I try to be less serious now in my art and in my life, and the two go together. When I stop overthinking techniques or ideas and just try them, I am very inspired and happy with the result. Art for me has always been a way to express bold feelings that can’t be said or heard. I am most creative when an aspect of my life changes, so I try to keep myself on my toes by trying new things and never settling.
7. What themes do you pursue? And what themes do you want to pursue in the future?
I like to create themes that correspond directly to a change occurring in my life or an overall theme that I am seeing and hearing about everyday that is affecting the world. Right now, I am doing a new project based on the theme self love where I am painting on mini heart canvases. The message is a daily reminder to everyone who purchases one that true love comes from within and to always do what you love.
8. Do you have any advice for young artists?
You can do anything if you believe in yourself. Experiment as much as possible, and try not to let your realistic mindset stop you from that experimentation. If money is an issue, find ways to craft things that are not costly. There is always a way, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
9. Could you talk about the training you receive for becoming an artist? Do you think the training exert a deep influence on your creative activities?
I have had art training since I was in high school. I took private lessons and advanced art courses before attending an art school in Detroit for college, CCS. Design has always been a huge part of my artistic world as well, as I graduated with a fashion and interior design degree. That all being said; I don’t believe it is only about art, I am very business oriented as well. I recently took a branding course which has really expanded my knowledge in how to market my business and how to speak to my strengths as a business owner.
10. Do you think there is a close relationship between your living circumstance and your artworks? If so, how do you think the circumstance influence your works?
Absolutely. Everything I do in my art and what I make is relatable to my life. I typically thrive off of a certain struggle, a fear, or a person who is or has impacted my thought process, sometimes even a pattern that I find on clothing or anywhere that evokes a new thought process in my mind. I like to use things for inspiration that I can't stop thinking about. When something is stuck in my mind, I try to find a creative outlet for it- and a lot of times, that is starting something totally new. Most recently, I began making an earring collection and plan to expand my brand into more products. My idea for the future is to bring those products to Shopify, and start my own e-commerce platform.
11. How do you know when it is time to completely stop working on one artwork? Are you satisfied with your creation when you leave off it?
I never know for sure, and when I get to the point when I am questioning it, I stop. When you're getting frustrated, stop. This is a huge struggle for every artist, but I work on multiple pieces at a time- and that helps.