RACHEL LAZATIN

AUSTIN, TEXAS

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Filipina independent Artist and content creator

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TELL US A MANTRA YOU LIVE BY?

"To be human: a duty to surrender the self to other selves. a desire to expand, preserve, and enhance the self as an autonomous agent in the world."

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How did your journey as a creative all start?

"I discovered my creativity when I was very little. At first I was infatuated with drawing, making comics and creating cartoon books. I wanted to be an animator when I grew up. Later at the age of 12-13 I tried exploring my creativity through photos. I created a lot of dreamlike landscapes for myself. My photography has gone many different routes since that time in my life but I do miss the surrealist feeling in my art. Ever since 2017 I've been shooting consistently, and exploring. In my opinion, my photography has surpassed my skill in any other medium I've practiced. I have current ideas to incorporate all the mediums I've learned in my upcoming works."

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What are you currently working on?

"At the moment Im working on a new book. The last one I made was last year called "Through the Indigo" which was really significant for me at that time in my life as a form of release and expression. It includes drawings, film photography, and my type written poetry and prose. The new one will be evolving from the theme of "Through the Indigo" but in a more profound level than its origin point. The voice and message will be a lot more explicit, and in depth exploring the ideas that have manifested over time. It will be a journey.. A formal introduction and abstract of my new book will be released in the future!"

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What inspires you?

"The people around me, music, culture. Anything that may provoke my curiosity or strong emotion"

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What makes the perfect day at work?

"Some factors that make a perfect day at work: working with someone who inspires current creations and future ones working with/meeting a new artist because this always feels liberating when you share a sense of belonging and can bounce off of each others energy The feeling of being present in the process of creating."

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What is the most fulfilling thing about being a creative?

"Capturing the ephemeral pleasures in life. This preserves the intimacies of living."

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As a creative, what is the hardest thing you have had to deal with?

"Finding the right path to mastering my artistry. Executing and organizing the components that will help my art reach it's full potential in unity to myself."

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What's the best piece of advice you can give?

"Don't let the fear of vulnerability get in the way of your expression in art. Keep creating and try your hardest to stay honest with yourself without regards to the thoughts of others in terms of living and creating."

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Where do you want to be in 5 years?

What is your Art Bish moment?

"So much flux within 5 years. in the grand scheme of things I hope to be happy, comfortable, loved, and hopefully recognized as an artist."

"A process over time gaining respect as a Filipina-American female Artist."

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RACHEL LAZATIN

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