It was the Summer of 2014 and I have this memory of being in her apartment in Chicago. I was sitting in the middle of the bed watching TV. It took a little bit of time to turn around but, when I did, it was like a tiny little world had formed right behind me out of sight. She had set up an assembly line right over my shoulder and was happily working as quiet as a mouse. When she finished she gave me a precious sea urchin pendant. Then, it was in during the Winter of 2015 that she would gift me a tooth.
INTERVIEW | Flower Ta speaks to Amanda Mosher of Ametista
Flower: I've had the pleasure of traveling around the states with you - halfway across the US, Portland, Austin, New Orleans to name a few. It's been 2 years since we last did the last interview. Can you believe that it was before 2015? And it was only 1 year ago that we were on that wild journey (Oslo, Iceland, Paris, Berlin). You've been doing the bilateral-living wanderlust thing. Tell me more about that and your future travel plans. No, I can't believe that. Time frames have always confused me. Right now I have the opportunity to split my time between Florida and Chicago. It is the best of both worlds for me. The same goes for traveling, major cities like Paris or Rome are great for the history/art/delicious food aspects. But, when I'm traveling through the States or in other countries, I want to explore the National Parks because in nature is where I feel most content.
Can you explain your attraction to these organic materials - like bone, teeth, stones? All the materials I use, i consider to be atypical and magical. Each stone I got in a random, tiny town that I may never return to. Each bone I found on a hiking trip in the middle of nowhere. All the components I handle are very special to me and have extraordinary memories attached to them.
What drives you to create? This is my outlet. Even as a child, for as long as I can remember, if I am not involved in something creative, I am not happy.
What are you searching for? Can you find it through your work? I am not necessarily searching for anything. Instead, I strive to become a better person and to learn as much about the world as possible. This enables me to discover new qualities about myself and opens me up to new standards, which I think is reflected in my work.
Is there an artist or creator - another who's work you admire? There are many artists that I admire but those who inspire me the most are my friends. Whatever their medium is whether it's music, textiles, illustration, photography, publication, anything. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazingly talented and creative people who continually inspire me.
What do you think that your work reflects or reveals about you? Yikes! Let me answer your question with another question, Flower. Answer me that and I will reveal to you the secrets of the universe.
F, I have no f*cking clue how to answer that question. And damn you for making these questions too deep <3 A
P.S. That is a Tom Robbins ref. Read the books!! :)
What time of day do you work and why? I mostly work at night. Night time is when I'm feeling either the most relaxed or the most anxious. Being creative when I'm relaxed makes me feel happy and accomplished. Being creative when I'm anxious helps me get out of my own head by focusing on an outside source that is not my anxiety.
Do you have any rituals or a certain way you like your work space? I like a clean open workspace, but I will work in any space (cars, airports, scary motels).
Can you describe the perfect setting for a productive studio/work day (music, set up, what you wear)? The perfect setting would be a house in the middle of the woods, with all my books, skulls and crystals surrounding me. Probably either a history documentary or Metallica blaring in the background. My dog would be there trying to get on top of what I am doing (as you know he is a 70lb. pit so this is no crazy feat). I would be wearing my not stylish but functional "REI" clothing.
*At Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Amanda picked up Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and I picked up Haruki Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun. We read them on our trip and then traded. I'm still working on the Robbins book.
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