We had the good fortune of connecting with Izzy Roig and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Izzy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk taking was something I thought really consciously about when I was in high school/early in college when I was more insecure in my art making process. I would see creative practice in this binary where there was “safe art” and “unsafe art” that didn’t guarantee a good audience reception, but still was fulfilling to make. Since then my idea of risk has changed in that I have become really desensitized to this binary; I think there is just craft. I don’t really care as much about whether or not people will “like” my art. Of course I hope to evoke some kind of response in someone who views my photography or paintings, but whether or not that response is positive or negative doesn’t have any influence over what I make.

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.
My art process is different depending on the medium I’m working in. I love the editorial world and my photography definitely reflects that, but with painting and drawing I have room to create entirely new concepts rather than reframe/capture an object/subject that already exists. I took a three year gap with painting and drawing while I focused on photography, but over the past year I have come around again to the canvas and am building a portfolio for grad school right now. It was definitely a necessary break because I experienced the inception of so many ideas that have manifested into new pieces, but the challenge I face right now is balancing the two mediums both practically (in terms of how frequently I release new work) as well as thematically (in terms of synthesizing the motifs and ideas that are continuous between mediums).

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 love to shoutout to Molly Farrell White who has done so much incredible work over the past few years in the film industry and has definitely been a source of inspiration to me. Her work ethic and creative eye in cinematography is a recipe for excellence; I can’t wait to see where she goes.

Website: isabelleroig.com

Instagram: @izzyroig

Image Credits
All images were photographed by Izzy Roig. Headshot photographed by Katie MacPherson.

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