The Artists

Chris Ams

November 26th, 2013

Design Brooklyn, NY, USA •

“I develop and transfer thoughts and emotion into a complete, tangible experience.”

Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: If it works, it works. I believe that a great design is a great design, regardless of it’s application. The only limitations you have are the ones you place on yourself, so forget about everything… do your own thing, and let yourself shine through your work. It always yields the best results.

Q: What aesthetic or visual ideas affect you the most?
A: Visually, I think balance is key in creating any successful composition. Whether it’s balance in content, color, shape, or contrast, I enjoy work that allows my eye to wander around the piece, rather than stay transfixed in any singular position. Also, work that is visually or emotionally relatable, evokes a sense of awe and curiosity, or hints at the fantastic is right up my alley as well.

Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: As an artist and vocalist, I believe the two do go hand in hand. They are, creatively, two sides to the same coin. A song can illicit the same, deep emotional response that a piece of art can, and both have the ability to facilitate awareness, inspiration and change. If there’s a difference at all, for me, it’s in the act of improvisation during a performance. Outside of putting musical notation on paper, giving a structure to sound is much more in the moment, and of course, less permanent than any actual object. There’s more of a fluidity to sound, because it’s constantly changing, and every moment you have the opportunity to experiment and explore. In terms of art, there is an improvisation in the act of creating a piece, but once it’s done, it’s done.

Q: Briefly explain your creative process.
A: I love to go on long walks and hikes to recharge, brainstorm, and imagine. I get ideas from whatever environment or mindset I’m in at the moment, but most of my inspiration comes from the raw beauty of the natural world. I typically get a flash of an idea, or concept, and if it sticks long enough, I start to build on the visuals in my mind. It’s more of an intuitive process, and rarely do I sketch out a complete idea before working on a piece. I like to just dive right in, and work out the kinks along the way.

Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: I think both are equally valid from a creative standpoint. There is a therapeutic aspect within the process that is valuable in and of itself, and for me, integral to the quality of a finished piece. However, from a design point of view, if the end result is not ultimately successful, then the process also falls flat.

Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: It keeps me inspired, and grants me the opportunity to exchange ideas and critiques freely with some amazing and incredibly creative people.

Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: I’m a curious person, and I like to get messy, so I try not to stick with any one particular style or medium that is within my comfort zone. As an artist, I am constantly evolving and exploring new avenues of conception. If a certain piece calls for an alternative method of creation, or a certain unfamiliar stylistic element, I will do what’s needed to get the end result I’m looking for.

Q: Please tell us how people can further support you and your work.
A: I’m always open for commissions, feedback, and to discuss new, interesting projects and ideas, so give me a shout!

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