Angella Powell is a Canadian artist who has shown work at galleries in Edmonton, Alberta. Last year, her artwork was displayed at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland and at New York Comic Con. Angella took some time to share some thoughts about her life as an artist.
You mentioned that you want to build a new body of work. Can you give us a taste of what to expect in 2017?
I plan to fill the year with paintings, sculptures, and textile-filled artworks. 2017 will be a year of pigeon portraiture, jackalopes in satin, and other assorted beasties in their finest.
Tell me about the fantasy world that your unique creatures come from. I imagine them residing in different corners of the same universe.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m Canadian and am lucky enough to have a family that enjoyed nature and the wilderness that exists in plenty here. I’ve always loved and have been inspired by the natural world around me. I am also deeply interested in archetypes and mythologies, especially indigenous gods and goddesses, and think that all of this combines in my creative mind to create the blended anthropomorphic creatures I call the Cervari.
What is the hardest part about being a working artist?
The hardest part is finding the time to create! I know I have to sleep sometimes, and going to work to make a bit of cash is great as well as getting me out of the house once in a while (my natural tendency is to hermit). I am a natural morning person, waking up at 5AM on most days regardless, and unfortunately that also happens to be my most creative time of the day. Finding a balance with all aspects of my life is something I continually work on.
I loved your mixed media pieces for the Tiny Wonderland show. Can we expect more?
Mixed Media is my primary medium for all artworks, regardless if they’re 2D or 3D. It’s rare for me to just paint or sculpt using in one medium- I collect handmade papers, textiles, dye and spin my own wool, and have containers of gathered things from just about everywhere. Embedding bark paper onto a birch panel, constructing a felted cloak for an animal bust, or sewing tiny silver beads into a wall hanging- it’s all part of the work that I do.
What role does art play in your life?
Art is life. When I’m in a drought I feel like something’s missing. When I’m hands-deep in a project I lose track of time and know that I’m doing one of the most natural things I can do. I surround myself with artworks from fellow creators for inspiration and that sense of community.