We had the good fortune of connecting with Brea Peck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brea, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks has been necessary and a big part of where I am today. I’ve taken risks in moving location, where you really have no idea what to expect and cannot understand it until you’re in it. The same goes for decisions around my artistic career. I think pursuing any kind of creative path can feel risky. Nothing is guaranteed and success is defined in different ways. I have always been creative and attracted to art and art making. I didn’t think it was something I could actually pursue in my life, rather I thought of it as a hobby. As I explored further I knew this is where my passion was. Turning away from self doubt and outside opinions to follow inner motivations was a risk, but your drive certainly pushes you through. Risk taking in an art practice is important too. If you keep doing the same thing you are just repeating yourself and that gets old fast, you have to mix it up, mess it up, and make it weird.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I definitely don’t hold myself to one type of medium. I work mostly in photography, painting, sculpture, video and sound. Through my work I investigate about how place, culture, and technology interact with one another. I’m curious about how humanity exists with other natural self regulating systems, and how these systems are interpreted and reflected within the framework of our own society. This interest stems from drastic shifts where I have physically spent time, from my upbringing in a fairly rural area contrasted to living and working in large metropolitan cities across America, Europe and Asia. I worked from a young age as a model in the fashion and beauty industry. It wasn’t necessarily an easy transition but I knew I was committed to pursuing art. It was the underlying drive and the community of artists I have met that encouraged me to take the risk. I took many classes at Santa Monica College where I had some amazing teachers that inspired me to keep going. I ended up transferring to UCLA to study art and will be graduating this June!
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.
There are so many places and things to do in this city! I would first take them to the beach and go for a swim and to see whales at Point Dume. I feel like that is always exciting to see, especially if you’re coming from a landlocked state. The rest of the week I would probably take them to a Dodgers game, see some art (so many good galleries and museums to choose from), go for a hike in Griffith, walk around DTLA, and drive up the Angeles Crest Highway at sunset. I’m all about the views in this city. As for food, I would make a point to visit some food trucks like Kogi and Taco Zone. That being said I would leave room for spontaneity as this city has so much to offer and always love to try new places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of my family and my LA community of support!
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