We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisa Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alisa, how do you think about risk?
Risk is something that is absolutely prevalent in an artistic life path. Nothing is guaranteed because so much of your individual success is based off of relevancy and reach. I could have an amazing idea and work as hard as I can, and still not garner any attention because maybe my reach is small.
I think risk is important in deciding how important something is to me as well. If I’m not willing to take risks and put myself out there, than how important is it me really? There are so many things that I’ve done and failed at and things in the future that I will do and fail at, but I much rather would have had that experience than not try at all.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a painter and a fiber artist and I do art centered around a painful coming of age. I convey this through the subject of a feminine entity who is experiencing a full range of contradictory emotions and experiences. A lot of my work is about embracing growing up while trying your hardest to stay small.
I am most proud when someone tells me they feel connected to something that I made or that it resonates with them. So much of my work is trying to connect with people and create bonding experiences through shared idiosyncrasies. I have always thought that so much of art is based in intention and authenticity and when your intentions are pure, people are able to see that.
In a professional sense, I feel that I am always working towards something and at the same time there is no ultimate goal in particular that I am waiting to reach. Ideally every artist would love to make a living off of their work, and that definitely is a goal of mine, however I find the most success in just sharing my work. Whether it be showing my pieces in a gallery show, a market, or even just on Instagram, I feel that I’ve achieved a goal. I am constantly overcoming challenges, whether it be burnout or lack of motivation and the most important thing to me is that I find a way to keep going no matter what.
An important lesson I’ve learned is about finding an artistic community. Being an artist and having a community of like minded people to talk to is something that I attribute most of my motivation to. It’s much easier to keep going when you know you aren’t alone.
I want people to feel a sense of authenticity and connection to my work, however that may be. I put a lot of specific intention into my work, but what I want most of all is for people to attach their own meaning to my pieces. I strongly believe that we are far more alike than we are different.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would bring a friend around to the city’s many museums. One of my favorite things about L.A is the richness of culture and I feel like there are so many fun museums to visit that really highlight that! From the Natural History Museum, to the LACMA, there is so much to see. One of my absolute favorite places to eat i. LA is at Moonbowls, their bamboo rice is to die for. After we go to the LACMA, we would have to eat at The Counter, you can make a custom burger that is absolutely delicious! Another place I would love to take a friend is Hamburger Mary’s, it is such a fun experience, and while we are over on Santa Monica Blvd we can stop in an get some art supplies at Blick Art Materials! Overall I would want to show my friend how much LA has to offer!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes out to my family for always being so supportive of my creative endeavors. No matter what I do, my family is always there to cheer me on. I feel really lucky to have a family be so encouraging of my passions and the many different ideas that I have.