Spending time, stuck @ home with a satirical surrealist who creates from reused and recycled things, in Detroit.

Things have changed but what we’re seeing is that the majority of our EC community are gaining new skills and growing from this COVID-19 experience. Embrace Creatives is checking in with our global members to find out how they’re spending their @ home time, creating and doing business.

Welcome to Inside Empowerment.

Let’s meet Tasha Peace

EC: Give us a brief introduction.
Tasha: As a satirical surrealist and avid utilitarian I enjoy creating sculpture/collages from reused and recycled things I find from around the city. As well as having always been keen on all types of painting; watercolor, oils and acrylic. Lately, I have been leaning into pen/ink drawings and charcoal. I live in Detroit.

EC: Where in your home do you spend the most time?
Tasha: My attic has been useful as a makeshift studio and the kitchen table for small projects.

EC: What’s the biggest challenge you face being self-quarantined?
Tasha: Staying motivated to be creative when faced with external stressors. After maintaining sanity, the next challenge is working with the materials and tools I have available. Eventually it will be the running out of supplies.

EC: What’s the best part about being self-quarantined?
Tasha: FREETIME! As well as reconnecting with people via virtual platforms who I otherwise may have rarely reached out to.

EC: Has your artwork or process changed or adapted?
Tasha: Yes, I am now creating smaller pieces and more colorful pieces. In the past I love large works of the monochromatic variety.

EC: How have your social media posts changed?
Tasha: I have become more active on social media and have become willing to learn and share on different platforms. I try not to post solely around the content of COVID-19, I know it’s on everyone’s mind but I think most folx enjoy artist works as an escape rather than a reminder of the reality they may be avoiding.

EC: What’s your favorite online source for studio (art) tools and materials?
Tasha: I enjoy the artist I follow on Instagram and searching through their followers of different types of mediums in different locations. I have been video chatting with other local artists so we can art together!

EC: How are you spending your free time?
Tasha: I am purposely trying not to become a consumer of media. Rather spending my time creating to stay sane and not feel idle. I go for runs & hikes. Playing with the pets. Playing guitar & meditation. However, I have been finding comfort in Podcasts while I work, check out: Gastropod, History on Fire, Art History Babes, Starving Artist & Under the Skin.

EC: Are you doing something new doing during this challenging time that you will stick with?
Tasha: I have been committed to sticking with a regular routine, doing everyday the same way. It truly has been helpful for my anxiety, health and productivity. I think it will become a great habit that I would like to carry through the rest of my life.

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