Artist Q&A: Adri Luna

Adri Luna is a Kansas City-based artist with a passion for creating beautiful and intriguing mixed media pieces. Her latest body of work was recently on view at CityArts. 

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What inspired this body of work?
This work is inspired by the connection two people have when having a conversation. The marks represent the paths of conversations that people meander through when talking for long lengths of time.

What message do you hope to convey?
I hope that people will take a minute to examine the works up close. It's so easy to walk around and glance at a piece of artwork, but to stand in front of it and truly examine the marks and colors and skill that goes into any piece of work is rare.

Would you describe your process?
My process starts with selecting a color palate. I usually create several pieces at a time and while they are drying start manipulating the watercolor or ink by adding more and different colors or removing different elements. I usually work on 10 - 12 pieces at a time, adding marks with the pieces side by side so they feel balanced and cohesive.

What is your biggest struggle as an artist?
I struggle with burning out sometimes. When I am in the creative flow it's amazing and I want to create so many different things and there is never enough time. But sometimes I can't think of anything or something I started is not working out. Those are the times when I have to take a break, clear my head and step away from the studio. It always comes back but you cannot force being creative.

Was there a goal in mind when thinking about this body of work?
I never put goals on my work but I did make more pieces than I had planned, which was nice! It's always better to have a wide selection of work to fit together.

Is this exhibition part of larger body of work?
Yes. The same themes travel throughout all my series of work. The connection between people.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I have ever received is to always aim higher. When you settle you sell yourself short. Aim higher. Learn more.

The best advice I have ever received is to always aim higher. When you settle you sell yourself short. Aim higher. Learn more.
— Adri Luna