What is your name, where are you from, and what are your pronouns?
Yvette Siegel, Born in Illinois, raised in Sussex County Delaware. My pronouns are she/her.
Are there any themes that are common in your artwork? If so, why do you think these are recurring?
I tend to be drawn towards nature and fantasy. I often think, “What would another realm look like?” while I’m painting. Rarely do I stick to a realistic color pallet. For those who know me, they’ll tell you that I often keep to myself. This is because I love exploring the imaginary. That place you go when you’re in between your inspiration and the physical plane. Grabbing ideas from there is all the fun. You’ll catch me staring off to this space A LOT, and most of the time it’s accidentally in the middle of conversations. An ethereal theme is what many of my original ideas happen to transpire to. I am basically trying to recreate vivid daydreams most of the time.
How did the pandemic affect your workflow as an artist? Did you find it easier or more difficult to create?
Strange to say, but it was wonderful at first. The world was slowing down around me, so I felt like I could take the time to put what I wanted out there. There wasn’t an overwhelming pressure to produce, and make shit quick. I felt like I was really on top of it, but in all walks of life, there were certainly low points. I wish I could say that I’m the type of person to transmute my pain into my work, but being more of the “people-pleasing” type, I felt my own pressure to show my “normal” to everyone; something that’s more palatable for my audience. So, in other words, the workflow stopped once life stopped. Seclusion from friends and my grandmother’s passing took a number on me during this time. I am certainly guilty of not showing the whole picture. My imaginary place had turned a bit dark and I didn’t honor that. It’s something the pandemic showed me. That life isn’t all sunshine, and rainbows, and wild forests. But once a hint of Spring FINALLY showed its face, I felt the strong need to show mine as well.
You are also a singer. Are you actively working on any material or looking for collaborators?
I have many fleeting ideas that I’ll write down every now and then, and try my hand in Garage Band, but I’ll work with anyone who reaches out, unless there’s a weird past beef. Lyrics and harmonizing are my strong suits, but I find it difficult to work on music only for myself. Collaborating is preferred! And Dropbox is a friend of mine.