Alecia Vera Buckles

:: AGE

26

:: LOCATION

Chattanooga, TN

:: MEDIUM

Miniature work out of trash, painting, drawing, line work

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Fun Loving Creative Female

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

Because we are the future! In all honesty, it’s super important (especially now) with our voices finally getting heard. It has been an ongoing struggle for women in history to get ahead and now is the time to use our creativity as a platform for support and change.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

That’s a tough one. I feel like there are a couple times I felt very proud of a project only to top it a couple of months later.  I feel like I’m growing at a faster rate than I ever had and I’m consistently proud of where I’m going. I guess I am most proud of momentum – although it shifts focus sometimes the momentum itself is always there.

How do you define love?

Love just – is. It’s a constant learning curve of growth within yourself and within others. It’s an emotional platform for the vulnerability in a multitude of ways. Love is the most powerful thing that exists and it. just. is.

How do you make time to create?

My soul demands it. I am so busy with running a new gallery and working other jobs but at the end of the day – I know what feeds my soul and that’s to create so I make time.

How does your mental health affect your work?

Oh man. Can that question be the other way around? Haha. My mental health always seems to be an inconsistent factor of who I am. I am recently overcoming a year riddled with depression and although I created a great deal of work – I was constantly down. My work heals me though. Its the most reliable form of therapy.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

I remember doodling under church pews when I was a very small child.

What social issues do you care about most?

Equality – for sure. That is only one of many but its the one I have actively been working on improving. I think the state of our current world is so devastating but you have to step in and improve it where you can. Everyone plays a role.

What could you not live without?

Well, let me put it this way. No one. At least, not right now. I lost my father a few years ago and losing someone like that encourages you to look past attachment of people. Everything is temporary. I rose from the ashes of trauma and have learned to use that knowledge to lift myself up and well – hell – I haven’t found my person yet so maybe I’ll change my mind if that ever happens.

Who are your influences/inspirations?

I am currently influenced by a ton artist on social media platforms. Women like Penelope Gazin & Kate Dwyer of Shop Witchsy; Tuesday Bassen of FriendMart; and other badass females who are unapologetic about who they are and what they want from the world. It’s so empowering to be a woman right now and I feel like its leveraging my own artistic practice and space in this world.

What message do you want to spread with your art?

That things can be lighthearted and playful. I want the world to smile and if I can display that – then even better.

What does self-love mean to you?

Self-love is the most important love. That is something I have recently realized and am practicing more than ever. My romantic relationships have never been super healthy SO I decided to take a step back from that for a while and it has been the best decision. I am so full of love all of the time and relentlessly releasing it back into the world and my community.