We had the good fortune of connecting with Tehani Farr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tehani, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The vivid reality of Risk has ever been a constant through my life, the feeling of Imminent chaos forever driving me forward. Since the fist moment I can remember, the belief of danger just around the corner was their, I learned to face it, to get over and done with it, that some dangers lurk in the corner, silent and waiting for far to long, and they grow, and they feed, and if you let them, they can turn into monsters enveloping your world… Living is to take risks, face the monsters before they get to big and out of control, For me some of the monsters are disguised, some hide in the mundane, in the comfortable, in the places where we stand stagnant, not going forward, but slowly creeping back, these monsters of the mind plants seeds of doubt and uncertainty, keeping us from moving forward, into the unknown, Giving the fist faith step is damn scary, but the best way to keep heading forward, following your true path is taking risks, of course, well planned and strategized. For my entire life for me it has been moving, I have moved from country to country, first as a child, then as a teenager, and today as a artist.
I have found that every time I find myself feeling stuck, plunging into a dangerously captivating comfort zone I have found a way to jump out, leaving everything behind, starting over, leaving the city, moving countries, for ever challenging myself to new and harder horizons, this is how I arrived here to California, I come from a little City in the middle of the Mountains of Mexico, Called Xalapa Veracruz. Where I grew up with my mixed cultured Family, coming from a self sufficient house, with no electricity, or running water, from being home schooled to now exhibiting around the world and living simultaneously in two countries. this has only been possible taking extreme risks, steps into the void… I left home when I was 17 with the equivalent of 10USD, and nothing more but two changes of clothes… taking every opportunity facing my way and transforming it, creating my own Lore. I have been a receptionist, a jeweller, a model, a secretary, but I did everything with one aim in mind, to make creativity my life goal, Today I’m a full time artist, my work is my passion, I create worlds, mold characters, construct scenes into sci-fi, fantasy universes.
And all of this because I took chances, I took Risks, I leapt into the unknown and never looked back! ever single trip, and fall, and hardue, every peril and pain, every heartbreak has been totally weighed down by so so so many highs, accomplishments, the strength & brilliance of knowing I did this by myself! And it has been beautiful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others? I have never considered myself an artist really
, if anything I feel myself identified with writers… people who build worlds and live through other universes that coexist inside their heads, the stories I tell are alive, they manifest and grow by themselves, sometimes very apart from my own decisions, they find there own way to creep into my imaginarium and make themselves real. I am the translator who interprets them into the wider experience we call reality, and then to be seen by others.
What you are most proud of or excited about?
That’s a hard question, for a am very proud of my work, but also a little weary, as I am always weary of things I don’t fully understand… what I am most proud of it that through my work and my art I was able to find a incredible way to channel everything injurious in my life into something positive, and with this I was able to give my mother and family a better & more tranquil & fulfilling life, as mostly everything I have earned has been for them, invested into Making up my moms house that had been abandoned and left for years! This is one of the achievements I am most proud of, and that gives me the most happiness
How did you get to where you are today professionally? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
Easy? Not at all…
I have always been a very focused person, taken one battle at a time, even when I didn’t have any idea of what to do, I would always try and do my best, when someone says I can’t do something, I try even harder, to prove them wrong… this has been a constant my entire life, when my drawings where burnt because they where to dark for a child to create, I only got better at hiding them, and did even more, someone once told me he thought I would never be able to have a career as a professional artist. At that moment & I decided f*ck the world, I would draw for me. And that was the moment my career began. 3 months’ latter with only 4 drawings I was invited to my first convention, and after that. I never stoppped to look back! & It has been a world wind ever since.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
To always try my hardest in everything I do, give 110% (As Brendan Fraser Said in Be dazzled) be always kind, and good hearted, be focused, disciplined, that health comes above work, to be grateful, that creativity is one of the most valuable things out there… imagination is like a muscle, and as everything else it must be exercised, to read as much as one can. No mountain is climbed with a jump, so one step at a time and any goal is reachable, And above all… to not give up. Try, try and try again… until lambs become crazy F*king Saber Tooth Tigers.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
As a young female in a mainly male industry, I strive to make a impact with my talent and my work, so my art and creativity can speck for themselves and inspire and empower other women to fight for their dreams and ambitions, And specially little girls from little rural towns, as I was.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy has been a place where men have monopolized for so long, and it’s time to make a change, In this modern times we must surpass to a place where women can take a stand, begin a shift, creating new and diverse content, Giving voices and Platforms for so many of us that not only Crete novel concepts and good art, but we are world builders.
This is my story, my brand, be yourself, never conform, for you are beautiful and you are limitless.
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 Love the Cliffs by the sea, long walks in the mountains, I Have been here for nearly two years, but with Lockdowns I have hardly been out, in all this time, So right now my plan is to get to go on a City Hunt for grate and interesting places.
I was able to visit The Chinese Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown, and also the Malibu Hindu temple, as for Creative Galleries Iv been able to visit two in LA, now everything has been opening up a Little more, The Dark Art Emporium, and Copro Gallery, so these two places would definitely be on the list
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s hard to say, when-so many people have been there for me and with me, I owe a piece to everyone of them, since I was in School at The Gestalt University of design I was given a full 100% scholarship to be able to keep studying… they where always so understanding and supportive through some of the hardest moments of my life. After this while modelling also I have been blessed with multiple people who saw my little sketches on scraps & paper napkins and then commission me for doing full scale oil painting and drawings and thanks to all this support and belief in me I was able to begin my career as an artist! My best friend Nestor Legendario who was with me for nearly 7 years working constantly at every show, giving his all…. And many many more. I’m unbelievably blessed to have so many good people in my life.
Other: ArtStation: https://www.artstation.com/tehanifarr
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