Electric Walls Artists On Practice, Process, Identity & Culture

On Identity

"Identity being a fluid thing is important to both of us [Redell & Jimenez] because we have always existed in this space of inbetweenness. It's always the, 'What are you question?' You may identify with two different things or multiple things, but the fact that someone else is projecting onto you what you should be named and how you should self identify is definitely an issue of power.  And our perspective is that we should be able to claim what we want, when we want, and how we want, and it's not up to anyone else to decide that for us."

- Kaitlynn Redell, Bounded

"I love identity politics because it brings visibility to marginalized artists."

- Tamara Cedré, She Leaves Behind

On Cultural Politics

"We do what we do in America, which is to only focus on the sexuality, but there's a lot of violence in this piece."

- Black Leader, III 30 III

"You walk into a museum and you have these black and brown security guards who are charged with protecting the work of white artists..." 

"On white walls." 

"...right. And it's never flipped. I worked at a museum for 4 1/2 years and I had to stop wearing a tie because everyone thought I was a security guard." 

- Black Leader & Tamara Cedré

On Practice & Process

"I do all of my work on the iPhone. The canvas is the computer. I take photos and then I manipulate the hell out of them with different apps. Anybody can do this."

- Adam Yasmin, Imagined Spaceships

"I have a modest little kit. I don't have a cinematographer. I use natural light. The most expensive part of my process is the amount of time I spend with people. I ask people, 'Would you mind if we photographed together?' They help in the editing of the images. There's no modeling contract or release, so they have ownership of the relationship too."

- Tamara Cedre

Special thanks to LA based #ElectricWalls artists for sharing their wisdom in our space.

Photo Credits: Brian Ali Harding