Artist Q+A: Meredith Hama-Brown

What kind of art do you specialize in?

I’m an actor and also a director/writer.

‘Cinephiliac’ film

What first attracted you to art?

It’s hard to say what first attracted me to it. But I do know that I’ve always used my work as a way to make sense of complicated thoughts and emotions. Even as a teenager I would keep a journal and write in it most days. So I would say that in a sense it has always just been a part of my life.

What made you want to do it as a profession and not a hobby?

I was very fortunate to grow up with parents who encouraged that I do something I’m passionate about. I’m sure that played a big role in why I wanted to pursue something creative professionally. I also always felt that since so much time is spent at work, that if I did something I really cared about then I would be better off. Of course, maybe I wasn’t really taking into consideration all of the challenges that come along with creative professions.

Who are your favourite artists and how have they influenced your work?

So many different artists have influenced me and I don’t think I can sum it up in one answer. I really think that every artist whose work I’ve seen, even if I didn’t like it, has had an impact on my work. I guess that’s why it is so important to experience every type of art possible, because that is what allows us to expand our range and discern between what speaks most to us and what doesn’t.

What is your attitude towards art in our time period?

My attitude towards art in any time period would be that it is a reflection of the current world. From what I see of art these days, it is very expansive and varied, maybe more so than the past. I feel like this points to how complex our modern world is. And art serves as a way to express how we feel in this world. But then again maybe every time period has felt this way.

What is your advice for people who want to have professional careers as artists?

I don’t really know that any one person can give a satisfying answer to this because everyone’s creative path needs to be found in such a unique way. So I guess my piece of advice would be simply to stay true to who you are and to seek out your own authenticity in your creative work. At least that is what I am always continually trying to do!

‘Lifeguard’ film

Where can we view your work and/or buy it?

The best place to see some of my work and also to stay up to date on new work being released would be my website or instagram.

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