Genette Joseph

what inspires you to do art?

The fact that art is limitless. Anything you can think of is possible. There’s no right or wrong way to create because it’s all in how you want to get your message across or the emotion you feel when creating it.

When did you start art?

 “I don’t exactly have a clear memory of when I did start, however from a very young age I’ve always been interested in the arts to the point where art was my life. My mother actually kept most of every drawing  I did as a child. Well, the ones she got her hands on. Never liked sharing my art before.

What did you want your art to do? Meaning did you want it to inspire? Reach on the biggest platform? Etc

I don’t exactly have a purpose for my art other than existing. I feel like there’s a lot of pressure on art these days to mean something and to be deep but sometimes when the creator says the curtains are blue, I  don’t think it has to mean despair, or clarity maybe the curtains are just blue or go with the art pieces color scheme. However, this specific piece did. I incorporated colors of the Antiguan flag just to show the diversity of our country’s culture and represent a people often forgotten in our society.

What Are your biggest challenges being an artist?

“The journey it took. Becoming anything out of the social norm for a job occupation will be looked down upon as something that wouldn’t be profitable as a career. The struggling artist has been a term used to degrade the field and cause people to treat it as inferior. However, if you look around you, there are a lot of things we use and see every day that has to be designed by some sort of artist. Your apps, your devices, your home, your favorite movie or show, the products, the buildings, your clothes, even your cars…some form of the artist had some hand in it.

How do you feel about art today?

“I feel like it’s still not taken as seriously as it should be, especially in schools where youths spend most of their time. That’s where their mind is open to what the world has to offer or where they find their first sense of purpose.”