Journal: Fix Your Gaze

Eliza Phillip


(she/THEY)
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I am 26 years old. I was born in Randolph, Vermont and have lived in the state of Vermont for most of my life. I’ve travelled around a bit, but I am always drawn back here. 

I just started selling my art this past summer! I feel like there are more opportunities for the BIPOC community right now than ever before. I have felt supported in some ways, but I also feel like I have to work twice as hard at the same time because of my ethnicity. I feel that I have representation in parts of my community. I’ve been seeking out events and businesses that are more inclusive to show my work and be a part of. I feel more represented as a queer person than I do as a biracial person in Vermont. Representation is important to me. I am always inspired when I see successful black women in my community. 

I feel the most passionate when I am making art, especially if the artwork is for a specific person that is special to me. When I’m not making art, I am usually thinking of new concepts to explore and ways my art can evolve. Art is very much a part of me and how I see the world. My creative outlets are painting, drawing, and singing. My mediums for my art are acrylic paint, paint markers, and canvas. I sometimes print out photographs and images I’ve collected that inspire me and can be used in a collage. I like to draw and paint on clothing, furniture, skateboards, and snowboards. My goal is to paint murals in small, funky places all over the world. I would like to share my style and ideas with as many people as possible. 

I have felt supported in some ways but I also feel like I have to work twice as hard at the same time because of my ethnicity.
My creative process (if I’m being honest) is to procrastinate. Then when I’m in a time crunch, I put on my favorite music, dump out all my supplies, and go to work. I’m not sure why, but my best ideas come when I’m under pressure. Maybe it’s because I don’t have the time to second guess myself. I will also work on art non-stop. One time I worked on some paintings from 7:00 AM to 6:00 the next morning. It’s really not good for my back. A big inspiration of mine is Jack Moore. He is a friend of mine and an artist that used to live in Burlington. I have always loved his style, and you can see the influence of his earlier work in my art.

I listen to Rhye, Doja Cat, and Stevie Wonder. These artists have very different styles, but are definitely my top-played and get me in the zone! 

I feel more represented as a queer person than I do as a biracial person in Vermont.