We had the good fortune of connecting with Siri Kaur and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Siri, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Looking deeply at the everyday beauty of the world! It is endlessly rewarding.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an artist and photographer interested in examining identities that occupy dualities, diversity, and contradiction, with a eye out for the photographic quality of magic. I love taking photographs. I am always searching for a mysterious narrative quality, where the viewer can fill in the missing pieces of a story. My hope is that my work is formally beautiful but a bit unsettling, creating an uncanny feeling upon close inspection. I’m very intuitive in my process- I put myself in situations where there is a high potential of finding an interesting picture, and then I spend lots of time editing and sequencing my works in the hope that the juxtaposition of images can create a new meaning when they are viewed together.
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?
The best part about Los Angeles is its midboggling mix of strip malls, world-class architecture, urban sprawl, and natural beauty. Even during pandemic times, I go for lots of walks through my neighborhood in Silver Lake. My favorite tranquil getaway with my son is Malibu Lagoon for the beach, with a picnic from John’s Garden. For green spaces we love Descanso and Huntington Gardens. Some delicious East side restaurants with amazing takeout are Kismet in Los Feliz, Dune in Atwater Village, and Amara Kitchen in Highland Park, all offering COVID-safe options! I also just love relaxing on my deck with my husband, dog, and son, watching the sunset and enjoying the view.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For an artist, the support and friendship of other like-minded creatives are absolutely vital. Honestly, I would’ve given up a long time ago if not for the people I can text or call for a pep talk. Art can be very solitary, and time spent obsessing about your work alone is most of the job. I would specifically give a shoutout to my dear friend Soo Kim, who is one of the most generous, thoughtful, talented, and funny humans I’ve ever met. I can always ask her advice or opinion about my work or other career issues that arise all the time. I admire her dedication to her practice and her dedication to her illustrious teaching career.
© Siri Kaur 2021