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Jack: Like yourself, Frida Kahlo focused a lot on surrealism, putting so much of herself and the causes she supported into her work. Do you do the same with your own? Love the title of your website, by the way, spherealism.com. Sfera: Thank you! That word is a play on the primal element of my philosophies- the sphere- and what I consider to be a holistic approach to art, incorporating many styles and influences, particularly cubism and surrealism. One way I may describe Spherealism is as a feminist yin to the male dominated cubists’ yang, and in that, many parallels could be drawn to beloved Frida. Since there are a lot of subconscious or semiconscious elements allowed up and out onto the canvas, most of my work is surreal in one way or another. It may be impossible for me to keep myself out of my work, though I do try to get out of my own way and be more of a channel than a storyteller. Spiritual and political commentary is everywhere, though the main thrust of the expression is more primal and less narrative, one of my favorite things to do is sprinkle visual puns and hidden stories within a piece, so though the heart of each work is intended to be beyond the function of story,de-centered in a way that any one viewpoint is impossible to collapse upon, there are myths woven throughout. In the labyrinthine experience of viewing, there are many gems to stumble upon along the many pathways you could choose to follow, that do indeed speak to specific cultural and political statements, as well as personal mythology and inside jokes with myself that clearly I feel compelled to make.

Jack: If you had to choose a personal favorite from the paintings you’ve done, what would it be? Why? What is the story behind it?

Sfera: I think my favorite work is always the one I’m working on. Again because of the way I approach art I end up treating any current body of work as a whole, and it’s hard to separate them. One of my earliest works could be considered pivotal, in that working through it on and off during my first couple years of oil painting, I began to articulate my personal language and style. That one is a play on the family portrait, de-centered and entangled in dynamics of creation and procreation. I can’t say it’s my favorite but I think it was a milestone.

Allié: Some describe art as ‘music that’s seen not heard’. If your paintings could be heard, if all of your artwork sung in a choir, what would that sound like?

Sfera: The harmony of the spheres of course!

Stay tuned for a collaboration between Thavius and me exploring just that. ∎

Learn more about Sfera Louis: www.spherealism.com

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