Cameron Cruz. An out-there and weird 17-year-old visual artist currently living in Georgia. As the offspring of a painter/Interior designer, she has been surrounded by art her entire life. It’s something that has always been there for her to express herself growing up. She was a weird child with the personality of an 80-year-old Puerto Rican grandma, which has yet to dissipate. She has an extensive collection of sewing and craft books which has aided in the discovery of finding a type of art that speaks to her. She loved making dolls as a child and hand-sewing little creatures together, which has transformed over time into her current work. It wasn’t until her sophomore year in high school that she began to incorporate different mediums into her artwork, which is when she began to combine her art with her love of fabrics. She has a love for all things tactile: fibers, textiles, yarn, wool, etc. The purpose of her art has changed and evolved so much as she grew up and it continues to do so. Cameron uses art as a form of self-expression when it comes to her emotions and opinions. She draws inspiration from people and society. As she began to build more concepts behind her art she started using her art as a platform to speak on social issues. As an all-inclusive, poc, gender non-conforming artist, Cameron takes pride in producing art that communicates her beliefs on feminism, civil rights, equality, and social issues.
What is your name?
“My name is Cameron Cruz”
What is your age?
“I am currently 17 years old”
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY but I live in Atlanta, GA
What is your Instagram handle?
Are your parents/guardians proud of your decision?
“I think they are. They’re so happy when I win awards and I really do want them to proud of me.”
What is it like to view the world from an artist standpoint?
“I think artists tend to be a lot more open-minded when it comes to society and the world. I’d like to think that my openness partially comes from being an artist.”
When faced with adversity, do you think art is a good way to solve a problem?
“Art is an amazing way to solve problems. Art speaks to people in an entirely different way than words do.”
Have you ever experienced any negative/harsh words about your art? If so, how did it make you feel? If not, are you afraid of it happening some day? Why?
“Besides the usual critique, I don’t think I’ve ever personally experienced harsh words about my art. But it's something you can’t really escape as an artist, people are always going to have negative feelings about your art.”
If you could meet any artist (writer, poet, designer, dancer, etc.), dead or alive, who would it be?
“If I could meet any artist I would have to choose Frida Kahlo. She’s been an idol to me for as long as I can remember. Her exhibit was In the High museum when I was younger and my mom took me to see it. It was such an amazing experience to see her artwork at such a young age and I definitely think that inspired me to pursue art as a career.”
What makes art amazing?
“Art is this physical representation of ideas and emotions and it’s just such a wild thing. What makes art amazing is the fact that it’s so free. There’s no do’s and don’ts. I mean you go to school as an artist and you get taught the principles and elements and you learn these foundations that are really important for creating and constructing artwork, but to able to create with no boundaries or limits to what your art has to be is what’s really amazing”
What’s your favorite color? Why?
“My favorite color always seems to change and I always have an assortment of colors I love, but for a while, it’s been yellow. It’s just such a happy and bright color.”
When it comes to seasons, which is your favorite?
“My favorite season has always and will always be Autumn. Between the mix of Halloween and plethora of cardigans and scarves, there’s nothing to not love about it.”
Somewhere out there is a child who is being discouraged from their calling in art, what would be your advice to them?
“Never compare your art to someone else’s and always have fun making art. I have such a bad tendency to nitpick at my work and think that an entirely other artist is so much better even though what we make is completely different. And you always have to have fun making art. An admissions counselor I talked to once told me that if I’m not having fun making a piece I should stop because your best work comes from when you're having fun making it.”
What is one thing that makes you angry?
“The one thing that makes me angry is ignorance. People who just blatantly hate a group of people based on false knowledge and someone else’s thoughts. It’s just frustrating.”
What is one thing that makes you happy?
“One thing that makes me happy is I guess the opposite of ignorance: Awareness. People who are open-minded and aware of important issues.”
What’s your favorite food?
“My favorite food is just soup. I love soup so much it’s just really nice.”
No matter what art you do, what are your artistic goals for the future?
“My goals for the future have drastically changed in the past few months, but I’ve always had one goal that has pretty much remained the same. I would love to open up a studio for people of all ages to come in and learn about art that you don’t really get to learn about in regular school or at glen. Learning about fibers and sculpting and making weird art and just having fun being different. Learning how to sew and knit. Just being able to have a safe space to be included and be able to create without limits. I would love to be able to do that.”