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

Hi Constanza, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I think having a healthy work-life balance is the single most difficult thing about having a creative profession. It is a feeling that I’ve noticed I share with many of my colleagues in art and design, we usually talk about how hard it is to stop a little bit and disconnect ourselves from trying to add value to our work. This is especially hard in developing world countries and markets, where the social hierarchy tends to look down on artistic and creative careers.

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´m a Collage Artist from Santiago, Chile; currently living in Los Angeles, California. After working for ten years in Fashion Advertising, I started focusing on art and Digital Collage on 2016, when I started producing new collage artwork on a regular basis. I explore the connotations and significance of beauty and femininity in our modern world, using nature, architecture and especially, fashion imagery through digital collage.

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?
2 special places that I always recommend are:

– Lares Restaurant / Santa Monica: Authentic Mexican food and a nice ambiance, cozy and genuine.
One of the first restaurants I ever visited in the city, and it is still one of my favorites!

– Sideshow Books (used books library)/ Collage College (event): I don’t know if they are doing these events this year (hope they do), but I really enjoyed all the times that I went to these nights of collage and chatting with people from different backgrounds.

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?
Janice Chang, illustrator: https://www.instagram.com/janiceechang/

Website: www.constanzaaravena.com

Instagram: instagram.com/consaravena

Image Credits
Foto: Chiara Dollak (@chiara.alexa.photo)

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