“I Tell You Who I Am”: 4-Minute Video Interview with Artist Glendalys Medina

Click image to watch 4-minute video interview with artist Glendalys Medina wheat-pasting her tag in Minneapolis. Glendalys Medina, BlackGold, 2012, Spray paint on paper, 24” x 36”. Courtesy of the artist.

Tired of others telling you who you are and are not? Today MD features a classic 4-minute video interview with conceptual artist Glendalys Medina about carving out your own space and asserting your voice as an artist while she wheatpastes her original tag BlackGold in Minneapolis. Plus, 10 tips from Glendalys on how to be a superhero artist.

Recently named a NYFA Interdisciplinary Fellow and winner of the Rome Prize in Visual Arts by the American Academy in Rome 2012-2013, Glendalys Medina investigates self-transformation in her project “The Shank”. Through the medium of Hip Hop she concentrates on the effects that language and psychology have on identity, and the effect of repetition on the subconscious. For the last 7 years, Glendalys has practiced the work of prominent MCs, Breakdancers, DJs and Graffiti writers with the aim of developing her own voice in the medium. Her work is currently on view in Style Wars at the Bronx Museum of Art until June 2013.

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Glendalys Medina, 19 or S, 2013, Marker and pencil on paper, 62” x 70” . Courtesy of the artist.

10 Tips To Becoming Your Own Superhero Artist

1. Name 5 things a day you are grateful for and why. When you’re grateful, you feel abundant. And when you feel abundant, there is no need for approval. There is no need for anything, and therefore nothing to distract you from your path.

2. Be honest and loving with yourself. Know what you want. Know what you don’t want. Know what makes you happy. Know when you’re not happy. If you are clear about what you want, it’s easier to make a game plan. Don’t be afraid to be ambitious.

3. Get uncomfortable. I always aim to get uncomfortable to see what I’m made of and use that to grow–to eliminate fear. When you get uncomfortable by doing something new, you see yourself in a new light. The more you practice whatever makes you uncomfortable, the more comfortable you feel, and the less fear you feel.

4. Push yourself to the edge, then jump! We all have certain ideas of what we are capable of, but you never know how far you can take that drawing until you fuck it up. After you’ve mastered your discomfort, push yourself to the edge to develop your confidence and take your work to the next level.

5. Stay curious. This is a good state of mind to be in. It keeps you young, joyful, and humble.

6. Find a role model and copy their strategy. This is a success formula. Find somebody who started off in a similar position as you, and has achieved your goal. Figure out their strategy and copy it.

7. Have a theme song. Theme songs are important because there will be slumps. You will get a rejection letter, and you will need something to lift your spirits. You need to be the hero of your own movie, and every hero has a theme song.

8. Do an exercise that quiets your mind. It is important to turn off the internal critic, to leave your creative soul free and ripe for inspiration. They are basic activities that require minimal mental energy with very simple goals. Swimming, running, meditating, even drawing.

9. Use the phrase ‘I am…’. When you talk about yourself use “I am…” statements. There is a big distance between “I make art” and “I am an artist”. Anyone can make art, but not everybody recognizes that they are a creative soul. “I” statements define your sense of self. They are assertive.

10. Practice what you love every day. Don’t take your ability for granted. Mastery is achieved by practice.

To learn more about Glendalys Medina and her work, visit www.glendalysmedina.com.


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2 thoughts on ““I Tell You Who I Am”: 4-Minute Video Interview with Artist Glendalys Medina

  1. […] goals and interests of the creatives you meet. Find out what their personal artistic mission is. Ask for tips. Discover what excites them! (As a universal rule, this is the best way to connect with anyone.) […]

  2. […] It’s all related. Check out the recent work in the studio of our very own AAR fellow Glendalys Medina. Open studios is also a great opportunity to see all your recent work together and connect the dots between different works conceptually and aesthetically. Take a tip from Glendalys and learn how to become your own superhero artist. […]

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