INTERVIEW: TRACIE SPERLING | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: TRACIE SPERLING

Interviews | March 24, 2022 |

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Image courtesy of Tracie Sperling

Interview: Tracie Sperling
Luca Curci
talks with Tracie Sperling during CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.

My name is Tracie Sperling. I am 30 years old and live in Falls Church, VA. I am originally from Romania. I have a B.A in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Business Administration and Fashion Design from Marymount University. I developed my art background from college and took related courses such as Design I, Design II, Fashion Illustration, Painting I, Painting II, Drawing I, Fashion Marketing, etc, and Fashion Design. I started my own business in January 2019. My brand name is called COB Abstractart which stands for Creativity Outside The Box. I started my own business in January 2019. My brand name is called COB Abstract which stands for Creativity Outside The Box. I got the idea to try to turn the passion into my income. I began selling my original acrylic paintings on canvas. My style of art was more abstract versus traditional. One of my inspirations is Picasso. I worked with mixed media such as acrylic paint, sharpie oil paint, markers, glitter spray, and even makeup for some portraits to incorporate I enjoy doing collages too. Then later on, after networking with some people I decided to incorporate my art as actual fabric designs for clothing and matching accessories. I was able to partner up with a few outside companies/manufacturers that help me with production as well as printing on custom-made products. I have always had a passion for fashion. I try to follow the latest trends while creating my own unique style.

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Image courtesy of Tracie Sperling

Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Tracie Sperling
– I try to get myself in a creative mindset while I paint. Rather if I am using an image as a reference or for inspiration, listening to music for interpretation of how I feel, or to express a certain mood I am in. I mainly just let it flow. I don’t always plan it out ahead of time or have a sketch beforehand to follow. Sometimes natural is better. I usually have a wild imagination and on occasion paint from my dreams.

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Image courtesy of Tracie Sperling

LC – Which subject are you working on?
TS
– My style of art is more abstract versus traditional. I try to stay away from everyday images like landscapes and portraits. I tend to have a more wild heart as far as being more colorful and experimenting with bold patterns. I am not afraid to be different to stand out. I believe my art is a distraction from reality.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
TS
– Selling my artwork is the most challenging. You would think original paintings would have more value since it is authentic and signed by the artist. However, that does not seem to be the current market right now whereas consumers are more interested in custom-made products like graphic-t-shirts, coffee mugs, throw pillows for home decor, and phone cases. I also specialize in that area as well. Though I gather that buyers want more practical things they can use in their daily routine or appreciate more of a re-production or print of the design versus the original which I find surprising.

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Image courtesy of Tracie Sperling

LC – How is your creative process?
TS
– I always try to think outside the box. I am the type of person who tries to think of alternative solutions to a problem that can still work versus being practical. I tend to have my own method of doing things. Instead of focusing on the bigger picture, I like to focus on the details. I am very visual.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
TS
– I always try to think outside the box. I am the type of person who tries to think of alternative solutions to a problem that can still work versus being practical. I tend to have my own method of doing things. Instead of focusing on the bigger picture, I like to focus on the details. I am very visual.

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Image courtesy of Tracie Sperling

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
TS
– Rainbow Dandelions is very light and airy. You can see the dandelions floating in the air as if someone just made a wish to blow on them. It can also translate to stars in the background shining bright. That not all hope is lost. Dreams can come true. Butterfly Delight is a landscape piece as well. Representing things you would see in nature. How the flowers would blossom outside. Butterflies can be seen in the garden. It represents growth or a sign of transformation. Learning to let go of your past and become a better version of yourself. Last but not least, is Coastal Shores which has a beach theme. The main focus is the 3D starfish which has a lot of detail to capture the rough texture. It’s one of the creatures you would find under the sea. Along the shoreline of what is washed up from the ocean are other treasures too like pearls and seashells that you would add to a collection. So, one connecting theme I found is landscape pieces throughout the exhibition as well as elements connected to spring for the season.

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Image courtesy of Tracie Sperling

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
TS
– I believe ITSLIQUID Group is a great opportunity for all artists even if you are first emerging. You don’t necessarily need to have years of experience. It’s a good way to showcase your work and gain public exposure which would help develop your reputation or brand name. I enjoyed working with the company as they were very cooperative. They had great communication. For me personally, it was my first real art exhibition versus just having an online platform and my chance to have recognition internationally.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
TS
– I think ITSLIQUID Platform is very professional and delivers high standards for artists in general. It’s a great connection to have a company that’s willing to advertise/promote your work. Every artist needs a sponsor and I believe it would lead to many opportunities down the road.

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Image courtesy of Tracie Sperling

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