We had the good fortune of connecting with Fern and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fern, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I tend to think a lot in general and I’m always in my own head trying to decipher decisions so when it comes to risk taking I usually try to think of all the possible outcome scenarios and although there’s no predicting what will happen next, it’s good to be 20 steps ahead so you can pivot when you need to. At this point in my life I think I’m more afraid of being comfortable than taking a risk. Being a full-time Artist would not have been possible if I didn’t take that leap and opportunities that have come my way would not be imaginable if I wasn’t readily available to take them on. Today I feel like the one of the ways I can grow is to experience things and gain wisdom through risks.
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.
Growing up as an illustrator drawing things I would see on TV, I wanted to be a Disney animator when I was younger. Fast forward to getting my feet wet with animation in college I realized I love storytelling but didn’t want to go the traditional route, I just wanted to create things. It took me some years of planning+building behind the scenes while working insane hours at a creative agency. It definitely wasn’t easy and it felt like my Art sat on the sidelines while I was committed to my full-time job. Amongst dealing with the corporate structure at work I sort of had an epiphany at some point and asked myself “What if I committed myself to my side job (Art) as much as I do to my corporate job, what would be the outcome?” and here I am today approaching 3 years of being a full-time artist. Ever since I have dedicated myself to my Art full time I have had a Solo Exhibition showing just over 20+ works, released my first 8 in. sculpture in Feb. 2021, along with creating several other sculptures in a range of sizes up to 36 in. I have recently leased a second studio right next door to my main studio which I call my “concept room” and it gives me the space to hang finished pieces, try something weird to gauge reactions and overall just curate a little experience for family, friends, collectors and visitors that stop by. When I first decided to take on this new career I really thought I would just be creating things and being free, but without representation I quickly learned that this would could only be successful if I operate like a business. There’s daily operations/tasks that need to be done, things in the production pipeline from paintings, sculptures, all the way down to merch that need to be pushed to the next step in order to proceed and just like any business there’s overhead so I have to manage my time wisely in order to keep creating. If I had to choose one word that could encompass everything coming out of my studio, it would be ‘Inspire’. Whether it’s through the art or simply my journey, I’d love for creatives alike and younger artists to feel inspired by everything coming out of this studio.
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?
I keep it simple, just places to grab food or snacks and drinks 🙂 Lunch – Jewel (Silverlake) Lunch – Salazar (Los Angeles) Lunch – Petty Cash (Fairfax) Dinner – Tsuri (Melrose) Dinner – Majordomo (China Town) Dinner – Broken Spanish (DTLA) Brews – Three Weavers (Inglewood) Brews – Angel City (DTLA Arts District) Bar – Soho House (Sunset) Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly from family to friends, everyone has always been incredibly supportive beyond belief. Thank you everyone for showing up for me, being proud of me to their friends and just always believing in me. Nothing goes unnoticed and I’m very very grateful.
Photos w/SLP prefix to; Shaun Lang Photography