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

Hi Javiera, what do you attribute your success to?
To answer this question, we must first define the idea of “success”. Personally, the definition of success has shifted multiple times throughout my career, thus, modifying my answer. In the past, I believed success was determined purely by the number of sales. Even though financial affluence is important in maintaining your business, it’s just the base of true creative prosperity. Today, the definition of success is the ability to create freely- without the interference of what’s in vogue, easy, or the inner critic’s dialogue. In my artistic path, I have stayed true to my inner musings, regardless of other’s opinions. There have been times when I wanted to take the “easy” route and produce more digestible art, but luckily for me, it’s physically impossible! Even though I chose a longer route, I feel content in the knowledge that everything I have produced has been inspired. I believe that if you do something long enough, with consistency and vigor, you will succeed.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my work, I explore the search for meaning, and the polarity between light and darkness, via symbols and archetypal imagery derived from dreams and the subconscious mind. Inherently, the art reflects my personal history—a visual documentation of each epoch resulting in distinct bodies of work. When creating this work, it is imperative to allow my subconscious mind to move freely without the interference of the conscious mind, unobstructed from the restrictions of logic. Consequently, it is only midway through the process that I am able to withdraw from the intensity of inspired work to analyze and discover the context which has been gradually revealing itself. I consider myself a psychological archaeologist, digging through the rubble of the inner terrain, probing blindly into the dark, until the spotlight of awareness reveals itself. Essentially, the context of my work can be summed up by psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski and his work on the Theory of Positive Disintegration: “advanced development requires a breakdown of existing psychological structures in order to form higher, more evolved structures”. At the same time, studying the self involves- by default- the study of the feminine. Being a woman has been influential in my approach towards art, along with the natural desire for empowerment and independence. Having a deep reverence for beauty and organic nature, I find the nude female form quite magnificent.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
L.A is jam-packed with interesting things to do and see. It would be hard to fit in all my favorite spots in just a week, but if I had to, I would recommend: The Huntington Gardens (I’m a garden lover!) The Getty Museum- take a picnic and hang out in the grass. Great views of the city. Lacma Jazz (if in summer) The Hollywood Bowl- wine, picnic, music under the stars. Malibu- take a swim and hike) Moca Museum FOOD: I’m a big foody and feel lucky to have so many wonderful restaurants in the city. Some of my favorites are: Hatchet Hall in Venice, Bestia in Downtown, Broken Spanish Downtown, Portofino in Santa Monica, Akasha in Culver City.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout to all of my friends, family, collectors, and art lovers. I would not be able to do what I do if I didn’t have this support. My friends and family have been so encouraging during my artistic existential crisis, creative blocks, and burnouts. My collectors support me financially so I can keep creating and buying supplies while my art lovers give me confidence that what I do matters. Nothing is more rewarding than hearing from a stranger that your work has touched their lives and or inspired them.

Website: www.javieraestrada.com
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Javiera Estrada

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