We had the good fortune of connecting with Zelda Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zelda, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe that taking risks is a very fundamental part of being an artist! Being an artist requires taking a lot of time trying out new techniques, not only in different mediums but with experiencing as many things as possible in this life. I have always been the type of person that wants to try everything at least once. You never know what experience will lead to the next, and to me that is the beauty of taking risks. You can’t calculate them, just like you can’t calculate art. If you don’t try new things you will never satisfy the creative brain and stimulate the parts that may actually matter most in the long run.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art, and my brand CORPSEY, are truly just a mere reflection of not only myself, but the entire collective. I’m what is called an Empath, someone who can feel others emotions as strongly as their own. Empaths are highly sensitive individuals, mostly when it comes to others feelings and their environments. When I create something, I create it because I feel it, and processing that feeling and putting it into a work of art, seems to be one of the highest levels of passion I can reach. It feels like I have to sometimes, I have so much channeled energy inside that I have to do something creative to let it out. May that be drawing, painting, writing, photography, or anything that can stimulate the creative mind, it is the best way i can feel not only contributive to the world, but also humbled to know that my own demons laid out on a piece of paper can help soothe another’s.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be completely honest, living in a big city and the desert has not been the easiest thing for me. I tend to hermit quite a bit in the summertime, spend even more time in my crypt (bedroom) with my cat Boo. I may be an extrovert but I do enjoy my days of staying in and doing nothing but creating. I need to make sure I spend enough time recharging otherwise the creativity lacks and therefore so does my overall state of self. Though even when in a more hermit state, I definitely still consume a lot of coffee from Lost Dutchman Coffee Roasters (Downtown Mesa), and vegan breakfast burritos from Liberty Market (Downtown Gilbert). Nights out are usually spent at Chupacabra Taproom (Downtown Mesa) or going to random new places I’ve never been. I am a creature of habit but do force myself to go to different places for different experiences. I won’t lie though, any chance I have to get out of the desert for a weekend and up to the mountains or to the beach, I will definitely take!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would say my biggest inspirations for my artistic career actually came from my surrounding environment, especially growing up. I grew up in the small town of Pinetop, Arizona. Pinetop is located in the White Mountains of Arizona, way up in the middle of nowhere. Though it lacked population it was incredibly rich with nature and wildlife. I have always felt a very intense pull to the forrest in general, it seems to soothe me and heal me in a way that nothing else can, aside from my artwork. I’m an extrovert, I love people, and different people and different ideas are very important for the stimulation of the artistic mind, however, without the true beauty of nature and it’s endless possibilities, I’m afraid I would have gone mad. There is nothing like the feeling of being barefoot in the middle of the forrest. My connection to nature is my connection to everything I do and everything that I am. All my inspiration comes from the environment which surrounds me.
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