An Interview With Emerging Artist: Anna Bros
Times have certainly changed over the past few months. For most, the transition has proved to be especially brutal with many facing unemployment or sudden career changes. For the luckier few, slight and annoying adjustments may had to have been made. The pandemic has certainly taken its toll, but for those who are hoping to break out into their new careers, the sudden intimidation of a slowing economy and a distanced world has posed new threats to self-starters. Coming out as an artist is an act of bravery. With the compounding challenges of the world post-pandemic and the inherent difficulties of starting off an artistic career, I wanted to put the spotlight on visual artist, Anna Brosgol in Brooklyn, New York, to gain some insight into her journey as a self-starter.
A.M: You say you have always been an artist. Why did you chose not to go to art school?
A.B: I didn’t really look into art schools when I was picking out universities. I just thought there wasn’t a career path after that. I kind of had the image of the starving artist. And I haven’t proven myself wrong there yet, laughs. I think going into school, I told myself, “I’m going into economics, I’m going to make money, but I think that part of becoming more mature is realizing that you need to do things that make you happy.
A.B: When I graduated with my Psych degree and was looking for jobs; I’d look for marketing jobs, and I found myself always asking the employers if I could get to work with the creative team. Then I realized, what if I just do that instead? Work for the creative team. There’s a lot of opportunity and demand for digital art. Someone aught to like the work that I make.
A.M: There is a level of job security that comes from working for a firm. But are you at all concerned that producing art under the direction and demand of a firm may strip the joy you have of creating your art?
No, not at all. I actually really want to work with a team of graphic artists. The environment in a firm makes it possible so that I can be around other creatives and be gain insight, skill, and inspiration from them. And that isn’t to say I’m not working on other projects right now. I really love watercolor and I have a a few paintings that I’m working on just for the pleasure of it. I’m not always making art that can be monetized. It doesn’t matter if I work on those paintings for two minutes or two hours. I want to make a living off being an artist, and working for a firm can allow me to support myself and allow me to do explore my personal projects on the side.
A.M: As winter approaches and we have been told to anticipate a second wave of infections, most industries of work are no longer able to work at maximum capacity. Since you are seeking to work for a firm at the moment, are you concerned that you will have difficulty finding the collaborative creative environment that you are seeking?
A.B: Yes and no. I find that there is a higher demand for artists in graphic design and marketing than I had initially thought after graduating college. Much higher. But you know, being stuck at home with myself might hinder my creativity and that’s a reality that I may face. Many firms are still having people work in-office but at half capacity. I’m hopeful I can find one where I get to collaborate in person and on a team. On the other hand, I have somewhat benefited from the quarantine period. Having the world on pause allowed me to focus on my art and learn how to develop graphic art.
A.M: Where are you right now in your career path?
A.B: So I’m doing freelance graphic art. I didn’t initially want to be a freelance artist. It’s just what’s happening right now because I want to rack up the experience-my portfolio. I want to work for a graphic design firm because there would be a lot more stability in a job that has a salary. As I of now, I’m selling my designs. Recently, I sold a design for a band’s vinyl art. I’ve also been working on publishing a ‘zene’. It’s a small collection of work in a short magazine of sorts. That’s something I’m really excited about.
A.M: As the world adapts to more digital platforms, thanks in part to social distancing measures, how have you changed your medium of choice?
A.B: So I love photography and painting, but right now, it’s digital design. What I really like about digital is that the it’s easier to have the art come out exactly as I have intended it to look like. And then it’s easy to send it off sell it using platforms like .behance.net. I’ve been using it to expose my work and place my portfolio.
A.M: And finally, what are the stories you want to tell with your art?
A.B: I’m using my art to show the things in life that I find ironic or absurdly hilarious. I really like a bizarre scenario. Like the photo you selected of the horse next to the car. I guess I’m just trying to express myself and how I see the world
A.M: That’s what I really like about your photography. There’s a sense that you don’t just capture things as is, but instead are inserting a piece of your personality, the part of you that is seeing the occasional absurdities in life.
Anna’s graphic designs can be seen on Behance.net can be seen here.