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

Hi Emon, how do you think about risk?
When I started painting, I realized it was something that I loved, and for me it was about the choice to pursue it. Life is sometimes “do, or don’t do”; I could choose to do nothing, and the risk would be winding up unhappy, or thinking of what might have been. But I don’t think the risk is always in the material things: I had found something of myself in art, so working for myself, with my own business, was worth my time and attention. I think managing your thoughts is important because many of the difficulties arise there. While there may be challenges, there can also be growth. In my case, the pains that I’ve experienced have been growing pains, that have led to maturity and strength.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist, I want people to be able to see my paintings and know they were painted by me. I work primarily in black and white abstraction, but in my practice I am translating my experiences into the paintings, and I hope that resonates with viewers, giving them a chance to form their own connections with the work. It’s a good thing when someone enjoys a painting, or can give themselves a moment of their own, when looking at one. I wouldn’t say anything has been easy, but the challenges have been interesting to me, and I enjoy the experience of overcoming them. My current challenge is to work on sculptures, and I’m excited to be experimenting and learning new things, including that this is something I can do, too.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have come to appreciate how much art there is in D.C. these days, and I’m excited to see the new Rubell Museum that has just opened, for contemporary art. I don’t really go out much on the weekends, so I’ve also come to appreciate how much quiet and nature there is, too. Haines Point is a wonderful place where I go to picnic, watch the sunset, and have fun seeing planes take off and land. Rock Creek Park is also a great natural spot in the city, where I go to put up my hammock, read, and take my dog to play. If I’m unwinding after work, I will often go to The Midlands, a beer garden near where I live where I can read, drink, and have a bite to eat.

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 family and friends have been very supportive and encouraging of me, and the community of other artists has also been a source of strength and camaraderie. I include in that group all the many people connected to the arts scene, such as journalists, curators, collectors, framers, and business owners, all of whom have provided me with support through my career. Especially over this last year, it’s been wonderful to see the support not just for artists, but women artists, immigrant artists, and artists of color, in particular. Thank you all for seeing me and my art, and also hearing my story.

Website: https://www.emonsurakitkoson.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emonartdc

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emon-surakitkoson-bb0920245/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emonartdc/

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