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Mobile Photography and Art Interview – Hope In Adversity Interview with Alisa Smith Williams

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Today, we are publishing our eighth interview in our new series, Hope in Adversity. One that’s based around art, artists and isolation during the midst of Covid-19. This interview is with talented mobile artist Alisa Smith Williams, she offers a beguilingly fluid narrative, told with brutal honesty, mixed with deliciously exquisite illustrated art, ensuring this is the ultimate treat. Enjoy!

To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny and Susan Latty, please follow this link

If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?

Yes, indeed.  In fact, I’ve being isolating since about New Year’s.  I was diagnosed in July 2019 with multiple myeloma, and underwent a stem cell transplant a little more than two months ago.  In that process, my immune system was taken down to the ground!  I have no natural antibodies to anything, and have been fully “socially distanced” since early January.  So art of all kinds, and mobile art, of course, are a natural right now.

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If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?

Yes, again.  I think art styles always evolve, don’t they?  And they are heavily influenced by what happens around the artist and the moods and thoughts that emerge as a result.

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If yes to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?

For one thing, I am unable to go outdoors much for photography due to medical issues, and am relying much more heavily on new edits and on re-edits of older work – re-inventions using new apps or apps that fell by the wayside for some reason and become “new” again to me.  It’s interesting that, when I revisit photographs I took maybe two years ago, it seems that my take on what to do with them is often vastly different than it was when the image was brand new.  This is partly because of newer apps that help me learn “new tricks,” but also because one’s vision changes with time.

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Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?

Yes, every day.  And right now, this is partly because my friends on Facebook and Instagram are in much the same boat and are more active than ever with their own art – or so it seems to me.  Seeing what they do is always an inspiration.

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Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you especially at this time, how and why?

To me art is a very spiritual practice.  I can’t think of any better time in recent history than now, with these current medical challenges (both personally and globally), to connect spiritually with the creative force.  Art is a sort of affirmation.

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Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?

Yes, definitely!  This tends to flow from the idea that art and creativity are spiritual practices.  Creating is (to me, anyway) often very meditative, and meditative things breed peace.  It all flows.

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