We haven’t covered much of modern art recently in our magazine. It’s not that we didn’t want to do so, its just the matter of time and opportunities we had. Now that time finally arrived, and we think we have a great story for you. Today we have with us a truly talented artist, Alexa Senia, who definitely knows how to deal with art – both analog and digital.
Alexa is born in Westport, Connecticut. She graduated in Visual Arts, Digital Art & Design and Studio Art at Eastern Connecticut State University. Now you can find her working on several projects, including graphic design, painting, marketing…
TM: Hey Alexa! Thank you for joining us, it’s really a pleasure. Is there anything more that we missed and that you would like to add in these starting lines of our interview?
Alexa: Hello! Thank you for this opportunity where I can share and express my work to you and everyone. Since I have been a little girl or even knew what a pencil was, I knew art was for me. As I grew up, I tried almost everything when it came being creative. Figure Drawing, painting, sculpting, pottery, glass blowing, wood class, jewelry, digital design, web design, animation, and many more. I could not figure it out, what was I going to do when I got older, what will my job be, what job will I have that will make me happy, or successful, I like everything and don’t want to be unhappy.
But until this year, I have finally found my passion and frankly myself. A lot of people struggle with what they want to do in life, and I think it is super important to try a bunch of different things. My main job Monday through Friday is working for a carpet & rug company called Harcourt Collection, but when I am home and on the weekends is when I let loose and really can express myself & talent. So today I can tell you that I have truly never been this happy! Busy, but happy.
TM: The reason we wanted to have this story, with you, is the fact that you are currently doing some painting sessions. What kind of art do you create, in what movement do you fit in if any? Can you tell us more about your techniques and visions you follow?
Alexa: The art I create and have been creating recently are women, abstracts & bodies. I draw out an idea I want to paint, then digital design it on the computer and copy my work onto a large canvas. I paint what I am feeling. Do I feel like painting a woman today, a face, or an abstract where I just listen to music and shut my brain off?
I work long workdays being a digital marketing designer for a high-end rug company, so coming home to my paintings is where I can relax and let loose for the rest of the night! You can say the art never stops for me. My techniques are simple, I use acrylic paint, different size paint brushes, sponges for texture and go crazy. The beauty of painting on a canvas is if it is not turning out how I want, I just paint right over it!
Connections and Feelings
TM: What is your message that hides within your paintings? What do you want to share with the world? Is it a message at all or you do your paintings to liberate yourself?
Alexa: Not so much a message I am expressing but more of connections and feelings. I like painting different things to feel connected with different people. I paint women & their bodies because they are one of the most beautiful, strong creatures on earth. And I paint abstracts with crazy amount of textures so you not only can see my paintings but physical feel them. I clearly don’t follow the rule “please don’t touch”. No please do! In the next couple of weeks, I will be teaching classes showing people how to paint their own abstracts. There are so many paintings and wine classes, DIY projects online but no classes that are reasonably priced that teach you how to paint a beautiful abstract, textured piece. That is the beauty of abstract, you can teach anyone to paint it; there is no science, no wrong answers, and always is one of a kind. I want to share my talent with people so they can create their own attractive pieces!
And it is not so much liberating but as more as an escape from some of the harsh realities of life. Everyone has struggles, but I believe if you have that one thing, that one hobby, you will stay calm and sane and be an overall happier, luckier person. I suggest everyone try it, or you will never know.
TM: Besides the painting work, you also work a lot in digital art and marketing, right? Can you give us some insights on your current projects?
Alexa: Like I mentioned briefly above, I am a marketing digital designer for a high-end carpet & rug company called Harcourt Collection. Not only do I paint and design for my side home canvas pieces, but every day, Monday through Friday I design ADs, logos, magazines, flyers, websites, and rugs for the company I work for. Clients call daily wanting a custom piece for their home, so it is my job to pick out the right texture, color, and design for their home. And this is not a job to me, this is my life. I never knew leaving college, looking for a job and becoming a designer for a carpet company would be so exhilarating and fun, but it surely is!
Recently, I have designed a couple of rug collections that will be put into over 150 retail stores and with interior designers. To promote just one collection, a lot goes into it. Make sure the stores that are getting your samples are informed correctly. Marketed with modern, fun pop flyers, catalogs, and postcards about the collection. And you ask yourself, what makes this carpet design so special, why must you have it, why is this perfect for your home; thoughts running through my head daily. And the beauty about my company is that I will take some of my abstract paintings and turn them into carpets & rugs for the world to see. Not only am I sharing my work for your walls, but for your feet as well.
Stick to your happiness
TM: In today’s world, working on several projects is not so uncommon to see, actually, it’s the axiom. How do you understand this new era of multi productivity, multiprocessing…? Is that somehow natural for you, I mean most probably you would love to paint and earn for a living just from doing art… or you think that it’s natural to work and act in several directions?
Alexa: I think it is super important to try different things, especially in this era we live in. But at the end of the day, if you find one thing that makes you happy -then stick with it. Who cares what everyone else thinks, you will never make everyone pleased & unfortunately this era we live in get bored easily. But if you are passionate and in love with what you do and who you are, people will learn and see to respect that more over the person who tries to “fit in” with the flow of time. And that is exactly the person I am. I do not create art just for you …I create art for me.
Now do not get me wrong, my main job at the rug and carpet company is to make people happy …but I enjoy what I do & enjoy making someone ecstatic with my designs that will go in their home one day. But lately, I started painting and expressing myself on a canvas for me. I started painting again for me, my ease, my sanity, because your job or life can be stressful; and it’s good to change things up. Started posting them on my website and online medias and people started going crazy and wanting some of my pieces; and hey if someone connects with my piece, I do price is out for them if they truly are interested feel that connection. Plus, makes me feel good having my art in someone’s home; makes us both happy.
TM: What do you think, as a representative of the younger generation, Generation Y if I am correct, what do you think of society as a general? I mean we have social networks, the Internet, the appearance of fake news, mass media, virtual reality, global warmth challenges, you name it … How the world and society should answer to those challenges and make a better world for generations to come?
Alexa: The Internet…a scary and beautiful thing. Frankly, you just need to be careful with what you see, read and hear online. I use it for only positives, some people live their life around it. But I love the internet, that is where I see and get ideas for my day to day work whether it’s for carpet, marketing, website, or my paintings. Even love seeing different people, new movies, youtube videos, Etsy, Pinterest…
I love seeing what people are doing and creating but I make sure it does not consume my life, unlike the younger generations that rely on it for the wrong reasons. I am in my mid to late 20s, so I did not grow up for a while with how the internet is now today and I am really glad. Of course, I see what the internet can do to people now- it is sad and crazy, but you need to learn how and when to shut it off.
TM: For the end of our talk, can you tell us what are your goals for the future? Where do you see yourself in five or ten years from now?
Alexa: I see myself creating for the rest of my life, whether it is for carpets, paintings, a home…etc. My goal in the next couple of years it to open up my own gallery or have gallery opening with all my art; and yes, you will be able to touch it all! I see my significant other and I growing the carpet company we work for immensely and designing high-end carpets for people’s homes. Design is in my blood.
TM: Thank you, Alexa Senia, for this great interview. We truly enjoyed talking with you. We will stay in touch and definitely will be following your work and journey.
Alexa: Thank you for having me, I hope what I have shared makes everyone feel something. I love sharing not only my works of art with the world but my words too. Hope you enjoy and see a little of what I do through my Instagram, website and me.
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