We had the good fortune of connecting with Trina Hines and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trina, how do you think about risk?
In the long run, risk-taking built my confidence. Watching me survive in various climates, performing different roles, with all sorts of foreign people, eventually developed into a foundational trust in myself. You don’t know yourself wholly until you experience who you are in all lights.
I’ve taken the right risks & I’ve taken the wrong ones. Through taking those wrong risks, though, I cultivated the skill of forgiveness, which has been integral to my growth. I voice that simply because we all know how to celebrate when a risk has lead to good things! …but forgiveness can be harder to allow when things don’t go your way. And I think as long as you deem failure less as a damning thing & more as simply “discovering what doesn’t work”, then you can adapt & build off from there.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It took some time to arrive here, but I’m happy my recent artwork has truly centered around my interests. It is predominantly inspired by two of my loves: music & magic.
Through my album cover work, I love visually realizing a piece with a musician. Translating a soundscape into color & shape, a face or a place, has always been a delightful challenge for me. I am especially excited about vinyl packages.
Outside of music, I have been studying symbols from many branches of mysticism, which lead me to commencing my Tarot deck project. It’s fun learning how different cultures explain the metaphysical & mysterious bits of life, through imagery. I’m also looking more into dream symbolism & how the collective consciousness seems to share archetypes.
All of this helps me work with those unseen forces more efficiently. Drawing these forces as somewhat tangible things helps me understand them & my relationship to them as a human being. Overall, I’d like to encourage a bit of escapism through my work, but also, I’d like it to evoke curiosity in exploring “the other side” of you.
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.
At this moment, I would take all company to the Hayao Miyazaki exhibit at the Academy Museum. It’s so wondrous to see the process behind such tedious animation. Regardless if you are an artist or not, it’s pure magic. Otherwise, I’d take them to the Huntington Gardens.
I’d honestly take them out to Joshua Tree 3 hours out, as well, since the national park is otherworldly. Even if it’s not LA proper, many of my friends either shoot there or take day trips to visit the high desert. Pioneertown nearby is its own fun, western experience… & of course, there’s Pappy & Harriet’s, where I’d take them for lunch.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My sister, Ella, is an artist. She is a bright talent I want to keep up with. Always diligent, always kind. She just finished school with a BFA in Animation. The rapid improvement of her skills, despite how difficult the curriculum was, inspires me to remain persistent.
Aside from that, she has been a regular figure of support along my path, never dissuading me from my passions. Despite us growing up together & having many creative parallels, we have very individual strengths now. I hope these strengths come together in future collaborative works, so we can continue to uplift one another.
[In Additional Photos, no. 1, the Polaroid] Duncan Cheng