Salomon Huerta (BFA 91 Illustration), Artist: Doing what makes you happy full time.
SH: From the age of 9 to 16, my dad would ask me to bring food to his room, and I would always place it on his night table near his gun. I have these vivid images of food and guns, so I’ve decided to do still life paintings based on that.
SH: When I look at other people’s art. If I didn’t do that, I’d feel like a zombie.
SH: Offline, to the movies; online, searching for other artists’ work.
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SH: There are amazing trails in Pomona that lead into the mountains and you feel like you’re somewhere else. When I come back from hiking for a day, I get the feeling that everything’s new again.
SH: I’m not a violent person, but I have this stupid fantasy of being a UFC mixed martial arts fighter.
SH: I’m almost done with A Giacometti Portrait by James Lord. It’s good to see how someone else works. I’ve been told I have a crazy process because I destroy work I’m not happy with, respectfully, by painting over it with white paint. I got that from ArtCenter — to do things over and over until it’s exactly what you want. There’s no regret or hesitation. Giacometti had a similar process, but started to push it too far and ruin the painting.
SH: Being in front of people. I practice a lot to overcome it. When I was invited to speak at MOCA, I practiced sitting for three months — I wanted to see how I could sit so I would be comfortable answering questions and being a part of the conversation. Once I found a position I was happy with, I visualized answering questions, then I visualized looking at the audience. When it happened, I felt like I was present in the moment.
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SH: I don’t think I have anything I put a lot of value on — I’m looking in my closet, and I don’t see anything.
SH: At the movies and drinking coffee in the morning. It’s a time I allow myself to do nothing.
SH: When it comes to art, they would say I’m crazy. If you remove the art, probably that I’m loyal and generous.
SH: Take advantage of everything the school has to offer — make friends, share knowledge, ask instructors questions that go beyond what’s happening in class. Devote 100 percent of your time to be an art student in the moment; don’t think about the future or the past.