Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Allison Kunath and I am an artist.
In what ways are you an artist?
Right now I'm really into ceramics, but but I do a bit of painting, drawing, clothing design, jewelry making, and graphic design. Basically anything that involves the use of my hands.
What does being an artist mean to you?
Being a creater. Taking something from your brain and putting it into being.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I knew early on in life that this is what I wanted to do. A story I like to tell is when I was around five or so (you know, the age where people ask you what you want to be when you grow up) I had this rehearsed answer of, "Well I'd really like to be an artist, but I don't want to be starving in my parents basement, so I think I'd like to be a lawyer or doctor or some other esteemed occupation."
At what point did you make art your "occupation"?
I finally gave myself permission to explore that idea around three years ago. I had an awesome design job, but I knew I needed to be creating with my hands... I needed to do something more.
What pushed you to make that decision?
A design colleague from college. His words reminded me that illustration, and art making in general, is where I really wanted to put my energy.
What's the scariest thing about doing what you do?
I'd say doubt is the scariest thing on a day-to-day basis. Of course, some days are easier than others; where the art is free flowing and everything is easy, but sometimes those old fears creep in and say that "this isn't sustainable" or even that "you're not good enough".
How do you use that fear for good?
By being conscious of it. Knowing that the fear is there allows me to actively nutrilize it and silence it's effects rather than letting it run quietly in the background.
Within your art, what are you the most insecure about?
Currently, I'm working with this geometric, repeating lines, style of illustration. What I'm most insecure about is that it is just that... a style. Sometimes, I worry that I can't tell if I'm doing because I'm interested in it or because it's getting a positive response on social media.
What effect does social media have on your art?
It has a huge effect since we now live in a world where we have access to active metrics. In the past, you would need to have a gallery showing or a private critique to get feedback on your latest work. Now, we have tools that allow us to instantly see what works and what doesn't. Granted, social media isn't a complete indication of what performs well, but it does help give you an idea of what people seem to gravitate towards. Which, I think, is a bit of a gift and a curse.
Last Question: What is your favorite cereal?
It's a little embarasing, but I'm going to have to go with cocoa pebbles. I have a technique that changes the game though. What I do first is, slowly, pour the milk into the bowl. Then, I add one handful of cereal, at a time, and eat it while it's still crispy!