" I AM A MULTIMEDIA ARTIST WITH A FOCUS IN DIGITAL AND INSTALLATION ART". READ OUR LATEST TALK WITH GINGER Q.
Who is Ginger?
At 14, I made the decision to reclaim agency over myself and adopted the name Ginger– a name given to me, by me. With this change, I was able to be my most authentic and genuine self, which ultimately freed my practice as an artist. I am a multimedia artist with a focus in digital and installation art. My personal work concentrates on rethinking classics by blending and bending mediums and materials in distinct and innovative combinations.
How do you re-contextualize classic symbols?
I’m interested in evaluating iconographies we digest as “classic.” My work focuses on challenging what we take at face value and creating pieces that re-conceptualize the “status-quo” by incorporating those who are often left out of the narrative. I work with with neon, plexi, concrete, and metal as a means of conveying this concept and experimenting with the limitations and expectations of these materials.
From where do you take inspiration?
My style is heavily influenced by the city I was raised in– Los Angeles. Growing up in the valley, I was constantly exposed to neon signage, metal and plastic shops, junkyards, mechanics, and seemingly endless blocks of concrete. I take this as inspiration to deplatform glamorized ideals and instead, display the nitty-gritty, unedited reality that makes up much of what is often erased.
Your favorite artist ever.
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Grace Jones and Sun Ra.
Your typical day.
Everyday is anti-typical and depends on what piece or project I am working on. My sleeping schedule is really odd so I work best in the middle of the night.There’s an intense stillness around 3 or 4am that allows me to really concentrate.
Your opinion about feminism today.
Feminism today is gearing toward a more inclusive conversation, but there is still a long way to go. In order to dismantle the prejudice against womxn, it is important that all womxn-identifying persons be included in this movement. “Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” – Feminism is for Everybody, Bell Hooks.
What is beauty for you?
Beauty goes beyond purely aesthetics and really, to me, describes the essence of a human. As within so without.
How do you fight your inner crises?
In the words of Aaliyah, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself and try again.”
The most important person in your life.
I am very lucky to have such incredible individuals around me. Beyond grateful for my siblings, partner, talented ass friends, and my community.
I have a couple of group shows coming up. Stay tuned for:
June – Human Resources “Look Who’s Talking Now
August – Chewing foil “ Lost Futures”
Meantime, I’m working on some larger scale outdoor installation pieces.
What do you do after this interview?
SLEEP- It is now 5:45am PST and I just completed this so it’s bedtime bby.
Photos courtesy of the artist