By Jarred De Palo
1/1 Mag 20 Questions with Rashelle Stetman
1/1. What does your creative process consist of? Any rituals/habits/superstitions?
RS. My creative process varies. Sometimes I decide I want to get messy and paint something unplanned and totally irrational and risky. Sometimes I like to be in the cleanest area and work on a tight line drawing on an illustration where every inch of the composition is planned. Two things that are always consistent are my coffee and loud music. As of recently, Metal or Hip-hop is blasting in the studio, keeping me completely submerged in my work.
1/1. What is the biggest challenge you face in making art? How do you work through it?
RS. As an artist, I am finding there are “lack of inspiration” phases. They come out of nowhere for me. I am learning since graduating from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in December of 2014, it’s okay to step back and leave the studio. In these times I get back into an old book, take my dog Ziggy for an adventure, cruise local thrift stores in search of items that generate ideas, and having complete and total downtime. It is important to push yourself, but it is key to let your soul relax. Meditating is a must for me.
1/1. What drives you to create? What do you hope to achieve?
RS. I’m not sure what it is that drives me, my soul drives me to create. It’s an addiction I can’t stop. If I take even two days away from drawing or painting I become irritable. Creating fuels me entirely, and I am learning that the more I grow. I hope to create works for people that have been inspirations to me. I hope to one day be having shows alongside amazing artists. I hope my artwork can communicate emotions and affect the viewer. I people who have dealt with death, and depression view my work and feel as though they are not alone. That the human condition in which we live our lives proves we are all inner connected and on this journey together.
1/1. Any guilty pleasures or dirty little secrets?
RS. I have a horrible tendancy to get obsessed with a song and listen to it on full blast in the studio on repeat. My studio mate Cassie had to witness it and lets say she isn’t listening to Taylor Swift for the next few years.
1/1. What is your earliest art-related memory? Who/What gave you the art bug?
RS. I created the “Spirit Challenge” poster for my Elementary School when I was 9. It was an art contest where students submitted their work and judges decided on the winning poster. I remember feeling so proud, my mom was really excited and that part of it made winning the coolest.
1/1. Your stuck in elevator for 24hrs. Who would you want to be with and why?
RS. Alex Grey. I would love to discuss ideas and concepts of the universe with him. I look up to him and his wife Allyson for their amazing talent and spiritual path. I want to know more about healing energies and the human body.
1/1. What’s the last piece of art you purchased?
RS. In my house crystals are art. In Sedona, AZ over Christmas I bought a black tourmaline, malachite, and Twinned Pyrite.
1/1. What’s for dinner?
RS. Fresh, always from scratch, Italian food.
1/1. What are the biggest changes to the Denver/Boulder art scene that you’ve seen over the years?
RS. I have seen amazing galleries that are not in the Santa Fe Art District. When I moved here everyone was all about the Santa Fe Art District, and there is some awesome work as I have worked at CVA as an art teacher, I still enjoy a lot of the work down there. However, the galleries that I stumble into in various other areas like Edge Gallery bring me a different appreciation. I enjoy the Co-Op galleries due to the variety of what is shown.
1/1. Are there any artists local or otherwise that you enjoy following?
RS. A friend from school Victoriano Rivera is an unreal painter. He is truly inspiring and I look at his work once every week or so to see what masterpiece he has painted next!
1/1. What is the best advice you can give to young/emerging artists?
RS. Work as hard as you possibly can. When you feel yourself slacking sleep for a bit, otherwise keep working. If you want it badly enough, you will get it.
1/1. What especially fascinates you outside of art? Any secret talents/passions?
RS. I grew up playing hockey so skating is something I LOVE to do. I skated this winter in the outdoor rink when my boyfriend was playing a show. It was a total blizzard and by the end I was soaking wet, I mean drenched. And I couldn’t have been happier to be out on my skates.
1/1. Are you a member of a gallery?
RS. Not yet, but working on some memberships.
1/1. Tell the world about a time you totally screwed something up!
RS. It was the week of finals and I was rushing out the door before critique for our final projects. I set the painting on top of my car to load everything else in and forgot to grab it. Got to school…..WOOOPS. Drove back saw it in the middle of the road, began walking towards it and BAAAMMMM, ran over by a garbage truck!
1/1. What is something most people don’t know about you?
RS. When I paint with oils I use my fingers a lot of the time.
1/1. Rep your hood!
RS. DA BOAT! (Steamboat Springs, CO)
1/1. How do you feel about whales?
RS. Well after that Blackfish documentary I will never be the same. Who decided it was a good idea to ride a killer whale?
1/1. What is your biggest regret and why?
RS. No Regrets.
1/1. Ever poop your pants as an adult?
RS. I hope not….shiittttt.
1/1. If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
RS. I would want to be able to transport anywhere in the world and share what I know about art with people who aren’t familiar/educated. Teaching a class for a few weeks where most of the students had never touched clay before was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Watching the human art interaction for the first time is incredible.