Creative Process, Zach Lewis 

 

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A moment of reflection. We are always curious about the creative process of artists. How did they get to this point? We want to dive into the mind of the creators. The result: ‘Creative process, a column featuring artists who offer us an insight in their creative process.

 

In this episode: Zach lewis.

 

What kind of art do you create?

When I’m creating it’s a soothing and introspective moment. The art directly expresses what I’m going through at the time. Sometimes it’s a direct reflection, but it could also be more of a response to the way I feel or the questions I hold deep inside. I guess my art could just be called therapy. For me it’s a sacred and secret place to meet myself and escape reality for a moment. No one can see that moment, but they can see the art that comes from it. It’s a personal record.

 

What changed between old and the current art piece?

The thing that changed most between then and now is my reason for doing art. Back then it wasn’t to push boundaries or to achieve any type of growth. It was mostly about recognition. I wanted others to come and tell me what it was worth and tell me how good it was. The reason for this is because I judged myself based on those statements rather then what I thought about who I was.

 

Do you still judge yourself like that?

No, this is not such an issue anymore. It’s fun to hear what people have to say and see how the art affects them, but it’s different now. When others check out my projects, I separate myself from the piece and look at it as if I wasn’t the artist. Both I and the viewer are able to learn about ourselves and each other and take something new away from that experience.’

 

What do you find the biggest improvement between the

works?

In 2013 after I had finished high school (where I made the first piece) I didn’t want to create any more. I lost the drive and passion for it. It felt dead so I took a break. I didn’t do another piece till 2017 and that’s when things changed. The improvement that came between the old piece and the new one was inside me. That change is what gave it any importance or made me care about it at all. I became a new person.’

 

What experience has influenced your style?

‘In 2017 I went on a road trip with a few of my friends. We drove down the west coast of the US through Washington, Oregon, and California. That trip changed us all. It made the planet feel smaller the universe feel endless and showed me I had been living life like dream. It changed my perspective of life reality and myself. During that time I became inspired again. Those experiences changed my reasons for creating and my reasons for living.’

 

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