We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristen Silva and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kristen, how do you think about risk?
As a visual artist, I’ve had to learn a lot of traditional ways to go about painting. Those lessons are very helpful but they can be a little restrictive if you let yourself dictate what your art is through that lens. You eventually have to risk trying something new and it can be a little intimidating if you stick to those expectations as a benchmark. Risking things is very essential to making your own style and voice. If you don’t get in there and form your own voice, it will get lost in the crowd.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is slightly different from others because I use a very organic medium: coffee. I brew it and create with it. There are accomplishments that I’m very proud of but the thing I’m most excited about is the conversations that come about when I get to talk about my art with others. People really share some beautiful stories about who the subjects remind them of, or who they wish to surprise with my art. It’s a very shared cultural experience to have coffee with others and when they blend art into it, it has a life of it’s own. It took some time to get where I am and when I was younger I may not have been able to understand there was a lot about others I wanted and needed to learn. Part of the experience of my art is the genuine connections I get to build with others and rushing any of that would be absolutely wrong. It took time to brew, just like coffee. What I want people to share with others through the story of my art is that art is so much about the things we share with each other. It’s about the community and being present in the moments we have with one another. We can take those experiences and put them into this tangible thing to share and hopefully create more moments for others and so on.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, if I were to have someone visit, and life was similar to a previous existence, I’d have plenty of places to take them. To shop, Melrose Trading Post. To eat, Locali, Sage and Follow Your Heart. The Greek Theatre for music. Sitting on the beach in Malibu. For a one of a kind experience, Rage Ground LA. Culver City to see the art galleries. Take a hike in Griffith Park, check out the Observatory.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank the coffee shops that I’ve worked in and all those who I have met through coffee. They’ve all given me insight into the medium I use as an art form. They’ve informed the subject matter through observation or conversation.

Website: http://kristensilva.squarespace.com/
Instagram: @kristensilva_
Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kristensilvaart

Image Credits
Photo of me is by Whitney Allen.

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