A new year and a new profile from one of our newest Artsy Danger Ladies team members, Peaches & Juleps.
Tell us a bit about yourself name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.
I am Alianor, located just outside Atlanta proper with my toddler, husband, and wild beasts. I affiliate with hooligans, goody two shoes, large breed dogs, a few former retail employees, and fans of sushi. It is an exciting suburban existence.
Briefly describe what you make?
Currently I have just been focusing on standard photography prints but I will be releasing photo cards and postcards in the next month.
What first made you want to become an artist?
When I was eight my parents started taking our family to a new church where the Sunday School classes met in the room where Boy Scout meetings were held. On one of the walls was this god awful poster promoting some Boy Scout shenanigan or another but all I can remember was how bad the art work was. I clearly remember thinking to myself ‘I can do better than that!’.
Turns out that I would need a better camera than a Kodak disposable, but I can actually do a better job. Bad advertising made this artist.
Where did you start and how did you progress to work you are creating today?
I started with a crappy, crappy 110 camera and eventually graduated up to 35mm. I gave up taking pictures for a while and then got a real 35mm SLR and an art degree. Art school made me do what I do now. I went digital in the last 2 years so I am slowly working on that. It has been a rough row to hoe. I go through periods where I hate everything or love everything.
What is your process?
Grab camera. Press button. Upload to computer. Tinker in Photoshop. Print.
It sounds easy but it is quite arduous to think of things to grab the camera for.
What inspires you?
Light and lack of light get me out of bed in the morning. My husband teases me all the time about my obsession with lighting.
What are your favorite products to make?
Post cards. I like the idea of art traveling.
What are your favorite materials?
My camera is of course my favorite material but I think vintage do dads are my second favorite. I just got two new suitcases and a typewriter that will be making appearances in my work in the near future. I love decaying and old things.
What artists have influenced you, and how?
Get a cup of coffee. This will be long.
Cindy (mother fucking) Sherman: She has the simplest concepts but there is so much emotion in them that they seem much more complicated than they are. And Jamie Lee Curtis collects her works. I see that as a plus.
Nan Goldin: I don’t see as much Nan in my work as I used to but I love how she elevated the snapshot to an art form. If anyone would like to donate The Devils Playground to my library I would be very appreciative.
Tim Burton: I think he speaks for himself.
Sally Mann: Her printing process is meticulous and the prints in real life are breathtaking. She is not of this world and neither are her artworks.
Kojo Griffin: He is a local Atlanta artist who paints and draws with an incredible mix of graphic elements and natural but unnatural elements. I have had the pleasure of speaking with him at a few galleries and he has got to be one of the coolest people I have ever met.
Where does your shop name come from?
I wanted a name that reflected where I am and what I am about. I don’t think anything could possible reflect the southern U.S., and specifically Georgia, more than peaches and mint juleps. Southern ladies like their liquor.
What are two of your favorite things from your shop?
Everything Will Be Okay- I love that print. It really needs to become a card soon.
Baby Hands- I really love eggs, birds, and most of all my kid. All 3 in one print. Hurrah!
Where else can we find you and your work?
Etsy is it for now. I do have a blog - peachesandjuleps.wordpress.com - that links to my flickr page.
What is your real life like?
Most of my life is spent creating something or another. My life outside of the internet is conducted at full throttle. I work in the camera industry during the day, parent in the late evening (school, not neglect), and go to school for graphic arts and website design. On weekends I bake, clean, and jump on my trampoline. It’s a good life.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A hand sewn learning book my mother made me when I was a baby. It has pages where you learn how to tie knots, lace things, or snap bit together. It is such a sweet book and she put so much love into it.
In ten years I'd like to be...
Snowboarding with my kid. I have been dreaming about this for a while.
Check out more of Alianor's stunning photography here and check back next week for another team member profile!