We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Baptiste and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think most creative professionals will tell you that the career chose them, that is how it felt for me. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Since I was a child, being creative has been a very important aspect of my life, and of my identity. It is not only a career choice but a lifestyle and a philosophy. I feel very fortunate to be able to be able to do something I love and deeply enjoy on a daily basis.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an interdisciplinary artist who bounces back and forth between mediums – mainly pencil, watercolor, chalk pastel and oil. I’m fascinated by nature, psychology and spirituality and I’m most excited about art that is emotionally intimate. I prefer to work in collections because it allows me to dive deep enough into a subject matter or medium without exhausting my interest in it. Once I feel satisfied with the extent of exploration I move on to something else that may look and feel totally different. My work seems to evolve in a way that feels natural and nonlinear and I’ve learned to accept that and go with it. I try to challenge myself in some way with every piece I create because it helps me to grow and keeps the process exciting.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take them on a bike ride through Brooklyn. It’s fascinating how dramatically the city changes from one block to the next and there really is so much to discover in every neighborhood. Biking over the Brooklyn Bridge and riding through Prospect Park is a must! I’d show them all of the street art in Bushwick and the small businesses and galleries scattered throughout the city. All of the food here is incredible but I’d recommend a few particularly awesome vegan spots like Clementine Bakery, Brooklyn Whiskers and Ras plant based.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a special shoutout to my collectors who have acquired multiple pieces of my work and who in doing so, have encouraged and motivated me throughout the years. In terms of deserving additional recognition and exposure I’d like to give a shoutout to Alec Hutson – an incredibly talented musician and multi-media artist (alechutson.com), Hannah Cohen – the most amazing photographer (hannahcohenphotography.com),