We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva (M00nglasses) Sainte Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eva (M00nglasses), any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I think that the answer to this question is simple: if you enjoy what you are doing then keep going and if you aren’t enjoying it then stop and pursue something different. Life is too short to spend time and energy on something that isn’t adding positivity or happiness to your life. Obviously, there are other factors at play like if your business is profitable or not. If it’s not financially sustainable for you to keep pursuing a craft that isn’t making you money, but you love it, then maybe it’s time to pivot and turn your business into a hobby. Sometimes, the thing that you are passionate about isn’t going to be the thing that makes you money, and oftentimes taking the pressure off yourself to make money with your art makes the process more enjoyable.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
The name M00nglasses stems from the concept of looking at the world through a new lens. Instead of wearing your sunglasses why not look at life from a different perspective by wearing M00nglasses? The zeros in my name are a way to visually represent the glasses. Originally when I was thinking of artist names, I was very interested in spiritual feminism. In many cultures and belief systems, the moon represents the feminine so I also wanted to include that symbolism in my brand. While I’m not solely focused on creating work around the theme of the divine feminine anymore, I do like to think that my work has a reflection of consciousness in it. I’ve spent a lot of time ruminating on human potential and evolution into higher states of consciousness, so that is a theme that I like to explore in my art. When not making work around this theme, I often like to make pieces with strong visual references. Some of my favorite things to reference are retro design elements, all things kitsch, and digital folk art. Something that I am most proud of currently is the music video that I filmed, directed, and edited for Disco Shrine’s song, “Hello.” Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEzpxbv4k3I&ab_channel=DiscoShrine
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.
My life revolves around food so if my best friend was visiting LA, I would say that they needed to head downtown to try Au Lac’s amazing all vegan Vietnamese food. Then, since we would be across the street, I would recommend going to the Broad after lunch. I would take some snapshots of them in front of the classic Jeff Koons Balloon Dog and the expansive Takashi Murakami mural on the second floor. After, I would recommend wandering over to Olvera street to feel transported to Mexico. Finally, I would suggest hiking around Elysian Park and watching the sunset over Los Angeles while picnicking with some Monty’s Good Burger takeout.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my family and more specifically to my Grandpa Stan who just turned 100! Despite being the oldest person that I know, Stan is one of the most young at heart and jovial people to ever exist. His playful and joking nature influenced me to not take life so seriously and have fun. I think these light-hearted qualities are reflected deeply in my work and are shown through my usage of color and the humorous tone of my pieces. For Stan’s 100th birthday, I asked him if he would be interested in acting in a video for me. We had so much fun picking out outfits from each decade of his life and, even though I knew what a good sport he was, I was still blown away by his willingness to dive into character and dance along to songs from the 1920s to the 2020s. My parents and I were joking that he should start a new career as an actor. Who says that 100 years old is too old to try something new? You can check out Stan’s 100 year time travel video here: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMecU6Mau/
Stephanie Siomara Danin Jacquay