We had the good fortune of connecting with Liberty Worth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liberty, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote when it comes to creativity is this one by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: ““Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.” To me it is a reminder to be generous and open to those around me. It’s a call to action – to mentor those behind me and to honor those who shared generously with me from their points of experience and talent above me. If I look at the world as if there’s not enough to go around, I will not be free to create from my heart. As an artist, that matters more than a lot. I don’t want to be creating merely for the sake of filling a slot. I want to create work that thrives and rejoices in it’s abundance. I know that there will always be more where that came from. If I am in tune with the world around me, I won’t miss it. And there will be enough to share. My work is a response to the need for goodness and healing that I see in the world – I have to believe that there’s more of that for everyone.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist, I am constantly looking for beauty in the world around me. Life is hard. I’ve had a fair share of pain and grief and art has been a major part of my healing and learning to see beauty through the madness. My artwork is able to carry the burdens of my heart and as I spend hours working on pieces, I come back and find that there was beauty made even as I processed the hardest things. My work has been described as collaged textile paintings or fabric mosaics – the series I am working on now are natural oculus or vortex shapes that draw the viewer into a place of wonder and meditative thought. I’ve been told people feel they can fall into my work. When I make them, they are a spontaneous, improvisational process that takes many hours and the making of them brings me into a state of flow – I am excited when my viewers say they can feel that flow themselves. The journey that has led me here started later than it did for many artists – I didn’t ever consider being an artist until the end of my college career when I ran out of Art History classes and took my first official art class. I wouldn’t say I was an instant talent at all, but I loved the art making process so much that I became addicted to making it. For the past 25 years, it’s what I want to do all the time, through a design career, marriage, motherhood and entrepreneurship – I make art because I love making art. And when life got hard, I learned that art would never get tired of hearing my story over and over as I processed it. A blank canvas was a container big enough to hold some of my biggest hardest questions. I have always loved design and teaching as well, so part of my business is also sharing what I have learned about creativity (it’s for everyone) to people and groups of all sizes. I love being a part of the process that allows people to tap into their own creativity. No matter what I am doing though, teaching, speaking to groups or making art alone in my studio – I always am focused on the fact that there is beauty in creativity and that tapping into that heals us. It helps us get “unstuck” and frees us to live more openly.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the local spots in LA – the historical and natural beauty spots that are not on the tourist trap lists. We would visit my favorite Mexican restaurant – Taqueria Los Anaya and our neighborhood’s best new restaurants Alta West Adams and Mizlala… and during the days, we would visit places like Greystone Manor, Olvera Street (not missing the oldest pueblo in LA) and make sure to get lunch one day at Trails cafe in Griffith Park after a walk in the Fern Dell. We’d probably spend a day downtown visiting Angels’ Flight and the Bradbury Building and ride the slide at OUE before lunch at Grand Central Market or maybe dinner at Perch. I would definitely make sure we squeezed in a hike as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe so much to my husband who has believed in me, my artwork and my path, even on the days when I can’t believe in myself. It’s pretty amazing to be married to your biggest fan. (I’m his, too)
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