i. I work as an artist.
ii. I do this creative work because I’ve always made art since I was a child and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are.. perseverance.
iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are…setting aside the quiet/alone time that I need to think.
v. Creative childhood hobbies:
Playing piano and clarinet. Water color, drawing, and ceramics. Photography in my teenage years.
vi. Other creators who inspire me:
Robert Rauschenberg, Sigmar Polke, James Welling, Daido Moriama, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Haruki Murakami, and David Foster Wallace.
vii. Training that has helped me succeed in this career:
I attended the Art Institute here in Houston, however most of what I’ve needed to know to do what I do now I have taught myself.
viii. The biggest myth about this type of work is that it is easy.
ix. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you finish college and have a backup plan.
x. A professional goal I have for the future:
Keep showing up and doing the work.
Cara Barer’s Letters and Landscapes show runs at the Toronto Bau-Xi Gallery from September 9th to the 23rd.
* Images courtesy of Cara Barer. These pieces are from Barer’s new series: Letters and Landscapes. Artwork titles, in order, from Header down are: