laura naples / NG collective

How did you end up where you are? My sister Kristen and I have sort of always had an unspoken idea that we would collaborate together, though we weren’t sure exactly what we would do. Finally we realized we were inspired visually by many of the same ideas, and decided to each try painting. Do you feel pressure as a full-time artist to be creative all the time? I never completely emerge from “artist mode” and that’s the only way I can imagine existing. How long did it take before you began to find your own style? In some ways I think I always knew my own style since I was a child, but the influence of peers and experiences growing up changes that. I think the process of discovering my own style really was a subtraction of those things that didn’t truly set my soul on fire. What’s leftover is what I felt I was all along. Do you have any daily rituals? A set schedule or workflow? I aspire to a set schedule or workflow, but the nature of our family’s rhythm right now forces me to sort of wing it. I work when I can, and that’s good enough for the moment. Funnily, I tend to fall into the creative zone at the most inconvenient times. Like, when it’s time to get my daughter off the bus. I would love the mornings to be my most creative times, but I am too contemplative in the mornings. “I need chaos in order to create” is something Francis Bacon said about his messy studio. Do you agree? Chaos and I do not operate well together.

This interview was conducted fall 2014.

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