Updated: Apr 27, 2020
Philly Art Jawn is pleased to introduce our featured artist of the month, Lyssa Current!
Check out the interview below to learn more about our featured artist of the month:
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Growing up, what was your childhood like?
A: Growing up, I felt like I was on a stage most of the time. My mother is a talented commercial artist specializing in things such as calligraphy and producing promotional material, who endlessly cheered me on and gave me a role model to look up to. My dad loving film, obsessively recorded everything from birthdays to school pickups and drop offs on VHS, which was exciting at the time, and now gives me the great privilege of being able to look up and reference pretty much any month and week of my life since I’ve been born. I’m really thankful for them.
Q: I've noticed that a lot of your work is focused around the use of furniture, can you tell us a little bit more about that?
A: It really all started with my interest in magic. I used to perform magic a lot as a kid, but loved prop magic specifically. It’s so much more obvious in its execution than other sleight of hand tricks which makes it have more of a pure humor to me. Mixing furniture with magic (and art) gives people a point of reference thanks to the fact that everybody interacts with furniture daily. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Q: Who are your creative influences?
A: Right now I’d say: Pee Wee’s Playhouse, the video game Night Trap, Hayley Elsaesser, Fashion Brand Company, and Rodarte.
Q: What projects are you currently working on at the moment?
A: For professional work, I just helped a studio make some props for TV, and recently finished an apprenticeship at The Fabric Workshop Museum. Now, I’m working setting up my own personal online store! I’ve definitely found that I prefer my artwork on a person in the narrative of daily life over showing in gallery.
Thank you for sharing with us, Lyssa Current!