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Finding Confidence and Growth Through Art: Isabelle Laureta, Catapult Artist for November
“Art is able to go straight to a person’s very core—a place other channels simply cannot reach.”
” And it doesn’t turn off at will just like that. Whenever I get too overwhelmed, I ask friends and loved ones to read the essay for me and tell me what they think. I pretty much base my ideas and sketches on these (and my) genuine reactions.
” and that’s a terrifying fact. With so many artists emerging and almost non-existent regulations on what you can and can’t put out there, it’s a sad thing to admit that art can be hurtful too, especially in the kind of social media culture we live in today. A responsible artist acknowledges the enormity of this influence and takes precautions accordingly.
I have been very lucky to have met people who constantly support me and give me opportunities that would help me put my works out there. I get very anxious sharing my works on my own because I still have so much to learn and it gives me a lot of insecurities. I have learned recently though that one of the first steps I can take is to simply talk honestly about my works and myself as an artist.
’s scary and it makes me feel vulnerable, but it’s what I’ve got to do if I want to improve and grow and eventually become satisfied with myself enough not to cringe anymore whenever I answer people who ask what I do. •
This interview has been edited for clarity.
Nicole is the Creative Director of Catapult and Counterpoint Press and the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group.
Awards include a Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.
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