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An Interview with Neon Saltwater + Shaana Hatamian

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Our current art show features a group show curated by the The Blush Room, an online gallery space for femme identified artists. Today we're connecting with two more of the artists, 3D illustrator, Neon Saltwater and fiber artist, Shaana Hatamian.

First up, Neon Saltwater:

Neon Saltwater, "Mall Feelings" 2016

Neon Saltwater, "Mall Feelings" 2016

 

Velouria: How did you come to find 3D modeling/ what first attracted you to it?

Neon Saltwater: I got into interior 3D modeling when I was in interior design school as a commercial tool to create renderings of prospective spaces.  For a long time I thought its uses were pretty limited to that but I found myself getting lost in it and spending countless HOURS on the details. I still consider myself an interior designer, however 3D modeling as an art medium is so satisfying because the limitations that exist in the real world don't apply.

V: Describe your process, do you have any specific rituals or routines?

NS: Sometimes I have partial pieces of a space mapped out in my head, and then once I start building it in 3D it just kind of grows and grows. I try to create my own textures sometimes and I do some small detail stuff in Photoshop too at the end.  

V: Who are some artists/designers/writers/makers who inspire you?

NS: Artists that inspire me: Miranda Lorikeet, Yoko Honda, Anny Wang, Dom Sebastian, Jules de Balincourt, Edward Hopper, Matthias Weischer, Laura Callaghan, Maria Jose Carlier, Jess Audrey, Mary Katrantzou and so many more!

V: If you could spend the day with one artist past or present who would it be?

NS: All the artists above express space, interiors, objects and time in a way that hits my gut, it would be an honor to spend the day with any of them and pick their brain and observe things they notice out in the world.

See more of Neon Saltwater's work at their website.

Neon Saltwater, "She's an Aquarius" 2015

Neon Saltwater, "She's an Aquarius" 2015


Up next, Shaana Hatamian:

Shaana Hatamian, "Ikat" 2014

Shaana Hatamian, "Ikat" 2014

 

Velouria: How did you come to find weaving/ what first attracted you to it?

Shaana Hatamian: Much of my interest in textiles stems from my Iranian culture. I grew up with finely crafted Iranian rugs and textiles that are quite exceptional. My admiration for such works let me to study Fibers during my undergraduate career. I became the most curious in the field when I started learn how to weave. I am continuously interested in how color, materials, and structure come together in a practice that has such ties to tradition. 

V: Describe your process, do you have any specific rituals or routines?

SH: I sketch. I plan. I start to weave and then it always turns into something different. I listen to at least one album from start to finish.

V: Who are some artists/designers/writers/makers who inspire you?

SH: Anni Albers, Mark Rothko, Faig Ahmed, Brent Wadden

V: If you could spend the day with one artist past or present who would it be?

SH: Sheila Hicks, a brilliant contemporary fiber artist.

You can check out more of Shaana's work at her website.

Shaana Hatamian, "Proximity" 2015

Shaana Hatamian, "Proximity" 2015


A big thanks to both Shaana & Neon Saltwater for taking the time to chat about their work with us!

The Blush Room curated show is up for just a few more days, be sure to stop and check out these talented artist's work.