I think viewers and artists have a beautiful exchange of perception and perspective inherent in the immediate consumption of art. Yet, I find if the possibility is available it is powerful to hear the artist's intentions behind their work to ground its potentially infinite interpretations. Cassandra Santos was one of the artist contributors to our gallery opening and is a wildly talented and rapidly evolving artists. Check out some of her words and work here.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Boston.
What would you describe your artistic style to be?
My artistic style is one of experimentation. I haven’t been able --
actually, I don’t really have an interest in picking a specific
medium, method or theme to explore. My ideas and inspirations at any
given time, influence the style I’ll utilize in order to bring
something from concept to fruition. A unifying theme to my work that
might connote a “style” is my preference to keep things minimal; I
appreciate simplicity, clean lines and negative space.
What do get inspiration from?
I’m very much into typography at the moment and a lot of the
inspiration for my work comes from vintage lettering and signage. Be
it on paper or a wooden cutout, I enjoy exploring and creating new
letterforms, often with a weathered and distressed look reminiscent of
What do you like about 'creating'? Is there anything you dislike? (about the creative process)
I like the challenge of creating something new. The creative process
is essentially a matter of trial and error, and while the ultimate
goal is to take something from concept to reality I enjoy the
“journey” far more than the “destination.” I’ve made a ton of happy
mistakes while working on different projects and they’ve sometimes led
me in a different and better direction than I had intended on going.
How did you get into the creative space you are now? and/or When did
you start creating?
Thinking back, I’ve always had an interest in creating; I enjoyed
taking art classes throughout my academic career, but I didn’t
seriously explore and invest in the craft until about four years ago.
I eventually made the progression from strictly drawing to digital
work and design.
What are your goals in the creative world and with your work?
My immediate goal is to simply continue creating. The things I’ve
enjoyed the most haven’t been commission pieces; projects like
“Poster Series”, “Mini Desk Doodles”, and “Things My Students Said”,
developed so organically because they came from a place of personal
interest. Looking down the line, I’d like to collaborate with other
local artists. I’ve met so many talented people by way of different
galleries and showings and I’m interested in exploring the prospect of
meshing our styles into some sort of joint, large-scale project.