We had the good fortune of connecting with Skye Amber Sweet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Skye Amber, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am a risk taker. I naturally am mesmerized at the application and it the internalization of the human process but I like to push limits and challenge things that most artists would say is beyond their control. Especially through a creator or an artist. In my field I admire and also want to share new ways to risk take with others. I am cursed with the adventure side of me and incorporate it into all things including the risks of art in LA.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I founded my company SKYEPOET in 2007 ad a clothing line. Life throws in its own mysterious stories and the clothes line turned into an art brand and business in 2013 when I was laid off my big corporate job and began accidentally painting and selling my art for a lot of money, or from what I think so as a beginner. When I paint, my soul is stamped into each piece. Part by part my HeArt comes through in the manipulation of canvas brought on by pure emotion and love. Sometimes the stories of where I have been and where I am going shine bright through the mess of life I fight. I am determined to save the world and show people love through community through my murals however. The deep roots where my art stems in canvas is a different approach in public spaces. I think we can all change our ten feet and better so if art is involved. My art is filled with vibrancy and meaning. Love is the only way and love can start for you and I today. That’s how we change the world by hugging the things quite ugly and in disparate and defeating them head in with love. The ability to change a situation is in our own hands but the path to do it to some seems dark and there is an opportunity with my public art to make a difference and time stamp artistic hugs.
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.
I absolutely love going to the beach whether it’s Santa Monica or Ventura. Living at the beach for so long off and on only makes you yearn for it’s salty touch more. I’m an outdoors person, I love driving up or down the coast from Newport Beach to Monterey. I often hang out though in Ojai where my kids and I hike through the magical woods behind a busy society. During COVID there hasn’t been much opportunity to go to some of my favorite places in Silverlake but I yearn to visit The Park and Sage again once they open up. I love taking my children to Griffith Park to ride the trains and honestly if it doesn’t involve my kids I usually am not interested even with company visiting. I like them around in everything I do including gallery openings and concerts in the park. I hope to go to The Hollywood Bowl at some point soon this year.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The truth is when I moved to Los Angeles I was bullied by a lot of creatives including artists and curators. I was made a joke out of and my new thinking and thinking outside of the box marked me as prey. The thing is, I believe in myself and I kept punching through and forward past all the noise. Some would want to encourage others through the process but my art and ways were so different I got a lot of push back. I will however give thanks and encouragement to Ken Neal who owns Bullet Proof Diesel who helped push me through in a lot of ways from the beginning to now. He saw me from the beginning as a friend and supported my art by purchasing many pieces at real hard working prices to now advising to always stay humble and grounded. When someone wants you to do good or make a difference there is positive encouragement, communication and truthful conversations and he was always there to push me a bit further even though he lives in Arizona. Also, Jason Ostro, owner and street artist of Gabba Gallery always have me positive feedback and advise and helped me as a street artist since 2015. I often looked to him for method advise, mural advice and he overall successful and challenges himself constantly. He is someone I look up to greatly.
Skye Amber Sweet