FELINE CO. SPOTLIGHT
At Feline Company, we are supporters of the movers, the shakers, and the makers. Whatever it may be, we here at Feline Co. want to see people chase after their dreams. At the start of 2015, we launched our Spotlights campaign to shine a light onto passionate and talented people around the community to support and bring awareness of these dreamers' dreams. Enjoy these priceless passions and we encourage you to discover your very own passions as well!
From La Canada Flintridge, California, Angela Fuhrmann is a young 20 year old girl striving to be the next and coming artist. Taking art classes here and there, starting from a young age, art was nothing but a hobby for Angela. But after the 9th grade, Fuhrmann began to realize that art was more than just a hobby. Creating extremely intricate pen and ink drawings, patterns, textiles as well as fashion illustrations, getting lost in other people's line of work was extremely overwhelming. Although it took a lot of practice and patience, this young artist now attends the Art Center-College of Design as an illustrator and plans on being a graduate by Spring of 2016. Now on the count of 3, we're going to hypnotize you with Angela's work. One...Two...Three!
Q: Do you have a real-life situation that may have influenced you into pursuing art?
A: I always liked art growing up and all through out high school. I applied to three art colleges and ended up getting into all of them, and that made me feel pretty confident that this was the path I was going to take. I chose Art Center and the first year and a half was not too pleasant and I was like, "what the hell am I doing here?" I was like a lost puppy and I've definitely been the worst one in drawing class before. But once I got to my fourth term there, everything clicked and I realized I had to learn the rules of art before I could break them. It was challenging but I'm glad I stuck with it. Everything has made much more sense since then and I'm more sure than ever that art is what I want to pursue for the rest of my life. I feel like a person can never know enough about art. It's always changing and there's always more to look at.
Q: Do you have some place you go to that is like your "mind palace"?
A: It's weird but I draw the best when I'm not thinking about drawing. I'll be sitting in class while my teacher's lecturing and I can draw for a whole three hour period, totally mindless, not thinking about which line I'm going to put down next and the whole piece flows together in a way I never would have imagined. There's usually no pencil involved, and no planning. When I can just zone out and draw that's usually when I end up with pieces that I'm most satisfied with. It's like drawing through my subconscious.
Q: Much of your artwork is extremely abstract. How do you go about interpreting that or a certain piece to people?
A: Most of the time when people see my work they are like, "what is that?" And I usually tell them that that's what is going on in my brain. I'm all about creating visual distortion and disruption; work that is optically harsh. I want the viewer to be hypnotized by my work and I want their eyes to vibrate. Ultimately, I want the viewer to question what they are looking at and be like, "what the fuck is this and why can't I stop staring at it?"
Q: Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
A: I go through phases of what I really like looking at but for the past few months I've been inspired by 60s fashion photographers and textile designers such as David Bailey, Richard Avedon and Marimekko. I've also been looking at a lot of transgressive art. Seeing how far different artists push their ideas, I then try to see how far I can push my own and try to get out of my comfort zone. I also love looking at the National Geographic nature, weather and underwater galleries. Those images are extremely beautiful and the natural patterns found within the earth are just unbelievable.
Q: Artists get a lot of (for lack of a better word), shit because many people believe its sort of a "dead end career", what is your response to that?
A: I think there's always going to be room for artists in the world. People will never stop creating art in some form or another. It exists everywhere. On the other hand, just because there's room doesn't mean it's easy to get into the art world. A person really has to be passionate about it and want it. It's a competitive industry and lots of hard work has to be done but, for me atleast, art is my passion and the challenge is worth it and it's something I'm willing to tackle down.
Q: You've been creating art for a little while now. What's your next step you want to take?
A: I plan on graduating next Spring. Before or after that day comes, I plan on looking for a fashion related internship somewhere or getting a job in the art world. My end goal is to become a textile designer and have my own line of patterns and fabrics. I'll be doodling away in the meantime!