Roberta is an artist, mother and a woman who struggles with Bipolar disorder and body image. Roberta explores these areas of her life to bring voice to her pain and challenges. Her work is vibrant and full of symbolism.
Carrie: When did you first realize the importance of art in your life?
I’ve always known the importance of art but didn’t know that one day it would save my life.
Carrie: How would you describe your art?
Expressive and raw like my life.
Carrie: What does your workspace look like?
Honestly my kitchen table.
Carrie: Can you describe your artistic process to readers? For example, do you follow the same pattern and track when you develop an artwork from idea to product?
I always work in series, I have lots to explore. Usually ideas form and I write ideas down, do a sketch and lots of research. Some time My idea is so in my soul I go right in and explore.
Carrie: What do you hope viewers take from your artwork?
People judge and ridicule from fear and what they may see in themselves. From the place of imperfection within them, within all of us.
Carrie: How do you think your work has evolved since we last spoke?
I think discovering I real had something to say coupled with feeling more comfortable with my voice, I’ve been able tell a story with much more expression and dynamism.
Carrie: What strategies do you use to help yourself when you feel “stuck?”
Usually I just walk away for awhile.
Carrie: What has been one hurdle you’ve overcome as a creative and how did you navigate that problem?
I’m not sure if I’ve “ overcome “ anything but My voice is getting stronger. My commitment to 15 minutes a day has been an important tool in all my work over the past 2 years or so.
Carrie: In 2018 (and 2017!), you participated in my mastermind program The Circle. What drew you to joining The Circle? How has taking the program twice changed your experience of the program?
Being involved in the program twice has helped me strengthen my voice and bring confidently even more of my feelings and experience to the work. Many tools presented to get me further in my career and the encouragement to dig deeper.
The professional encouragement and support is for me the biggest part of my growth. Can’t wait for round three!
Art history books and myself.
Carrie: Who/what inspires you?
Frida Kahlo. Who I am in this body and soul?
Carrie: What does the word artist mean to you?
Exploring what is, what was, and what if..