Land of a Thousand Hills has just opened a new coffee bar on our first floor (that's open to the public!) and when we found out that our barista, Lily, was a printmaking major in school and also an artist, we worked with her to have an opening and her work on display. Come by, grab a cup of coffee and check out her through August 16th, and find out more about her inspiration below.
What inspires you as an artist?
My work itself draws influence from countless sources, from body positivity to wiccan mythology to surrealist artists like M C Escher and Hieronymus Bosch, but what inspires my work is much different than what drives me to make art. I am an artist for the connection and the emotionality that go with it. I put my emotion and what i am feeling into my pieces, and when that connects with someone it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. This is why I create art.
What do you want to people to take away from your work?
One of the things I love most about art is that it means something different to everyone. So what I want people to gain from my artwork is an emotional experience. I don't care if that experience is positive, negative, or neutral, I just want them to have some sort or response and connection with my artwork.
Why did you choose printmaking as your medium?
I am going into printmaking mostly for the style. I am in love with the way etchings look, and I am a very stylistic artist. My style fits perfectly with the printmaking process.
You’re also really good at coffee. Do you see a connection between your passion for coffee and printmaking?
Yes, I absolutely see a connection. The reason I love coffee so much is because of the creativity I get to put into it. Obviously you can make designs in lattes and cappuccinos, but there is so much more than just that to it. Making the best cup of coffee for the bean you have is truly an art form.
How did you get involved with both (coffee and printmaking)?
I got involved in coffee in high school. I was looking for a job, and had been going to Land of a Thousand Hills ever since I was a kid, and after I started working there I realized how much I loved it. I got involved with printmaking my junior year in high school, when I took a drawing 1 class at KSU. I knew I wanted to be an artist, but I didn't know what medium I wanted to work in. My professor, Joe Tsambias, took one day of class to show us his work, and he was a printmaker. After seeing what he created, I fell in love with they style, and knew that's what I wanted to do with my artistic career.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created?
This is an extremely hard question because each piece I create means something different to me, but if I had to pick on it would be a piece that is not in this collection. The piece is called incantation, and it was my first colored ink piece I was truly proud of, and it is the piece that I feel helped me find my style.