“Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”- Kallam Anji Reddy
I have been trying to find new ways to sell my artwork, so I decided to try to promote my work on a Vinyl Collective message board. I got a lot of compliments and a few commission pieces to work on. One guy sparked an in-depth conversation about why I would do my art on vinyl records. He didn’t believe that records were “intended for visual art.” After thinking about it, I never really explained why I use vinyl records so decided to explain why through a blog.
To be perfectly honest, I have no idea why I choose vinyl records. I always felt that vinyl records chose me. It took me up to a year into creating these when I realized that this was going to be my “thing”. I spent years experimenting with several different mediums and finding what I like to do. All I knew was that I was an artist and I was meant to be creating something. I wanted to be different. I wanted to have a special niche. I wanted to catch people’s attention and show them something they haven’t seen before.
I used to DJ and I discovered records when I was being taught how to spin them. During this time, I gave up on art for three years because I felt uninspired. I wanted to start doing art again and knew that abstract patterns were what I wanted to do. I’ve been searching for new canvas to do my work on and it just clicked when I held a record. It took me 8 months and many records later, I finally had my “thing.”
This is why records work for me:
1. There Is A Connection
My work has an emotional factor that makes you think and take a closer look. What connects my work to the record is that I name the piece after the name of the album. I consider my work to be a “hand’s on experience”. When you first look at my work, you have your own personal thoughts on what it is. You flip it over and see the title of the album, and then you look back at to the art and you see something different.
2. The Music
Music is one of my biggest passions in life and I have no musical talent. Drawing on records keeps me connected to music. My designs bring what I hear to life. One of my winter projects that I have plan is to learn how to make time lapse videos so I could show you what I feel and see.
I have many friends and local record shops who donate records they can’t use. If I don’t take them, they go right in the trash. So why not repurpose them into wall art and jewelry. Technically, I’m saving the environment as well.
4. Perfect Storage
I spent years hauling around canvases and struggled to find places to store them in tiny studio/one bedroom apartments. I wanted something I could pack away and not have to worry about it.
This blog has inspired me to write another one about my why I choose patterns and zentangles to make art with. As always, thank you for stopping by. Please stayed tuned because there is so much more I want to share with you.