We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Delsigne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
When I decided to work for myself, the single most important decision I made that contributed to my success is maintaining self awareness. As an artist, it was important for me to build a career where I maintained creative control. Where I only create from passion and inspiration; not giving into the pressure of commercial conformity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As Film Collage Artist, I create instant film collages using Polaroid and Fuji Instax film. Whether it’s psychedelic landscapes or surreal portraiture, the subject matter of my collages is always centered around Nature. Each piece of film connects nature with healing to provide a unique perspective into the realm of living with a mysterious illness. My experiences are both a source of pain and joy – my source of inquiry and inspiration. They are what I tap into when creating my art. Utilizing experimental instant film techniques not only enhances my story themes but also play into the risk of suddenness, reliability and stability seen throughout my work. After falling ill with debilitating Lyme Disease, I was unable to work or live a normal life for nearly 10 years. It was a blessing in disguise, really. I was able to slowly build my name, my work and my business. By the time I reached remission, I had built a stable freelance career that was born from a place of inspirational struggle and sacrifice that I was truly proud of. Along the way, I have learned to power of remaining true to myself. As individuals, we are our own best advocates. I am excited to be dropping my first zine called Quaranzine. Featuring all the work I created during Covid-19 Quarantine. I am excited for the future! I will be speaking and teaching instant film collaging at EXP.21 – International Festival on Experimental Photography in Barcelona. I am also set for France for a one month art residency at Château d’Orquevaux. I have a lot to look forward to after the world is able to combat the spread of Covid-19.
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?
Oh, the shenanigans! We start every visit with picking them up from the airport and taking the beach route to either Mexican food or In-n-Out… which ever one they were more deprived of. Our days would start with a brunches we couldn’t afford, hiking in Malibu, Hollywood Hills and Palos Verdes. Squeeze in a pamper (we still couldn’t afford) like nails, spa, or a simple sun bathing to prepare us for LA night life! Start the night by scoping the LA Arts District for the inspiration and discovery of a new artists. Mingle and meet fellow strange artists! Scope some after parties. If not, slide over to Weho for a good ole fashion bar hop. In a week we would absolutely be hitting live music venues like the Viper Room, Whiskey and dancing our hearts out at the clubs like Lure, Sound, and Playhouse Life is far too short to be boring. Your best friend comes to town.. you go all out and full weird!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am today without the unbelievable support of Jake Roach. Jake is not only my partner in life, but also in business! He supported me through an intense, long battle with Lyme Disease because he knew how much my goals meant to me. Jake has gone above and beyond, purely out of love and resect for me. He saved my life. My heath and my career would not be where I am today, without him!
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Film Collage Artist www.erindelsigne.com