Alison Roman

:: AGE

30

:: LOCATION

Brooklyn, New York, USA

:: MEDIUM

Food, writing

:: IDENTIFIES AS

A lady

How do you define art?

An idea, thought, feeling born from inside that makes it way to the outside world. 

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

Because if we didn’t the world would be BORING AF. We are here to provide a 360° experience of what it is to be human.

What or who keeps you inspired?

My best friends. New York. The ocean. Traveling.

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

That changes with the goals I set for myself, but I’d say when one of my personal heroes (Gabrielle Hamilton) told me she loved my work and thought I was talented. I basically melted. It was validating and reminded me that if you’re honest with yourself, the people you love and respect will notice.

How do you define love?

It’s pretty undefinable, and can appear anywhere and in anyone. Be open to it.

What is the space like that you create in?

I work from home a lot, because that’s where my kitchen and all my equipment is. But I love to create anywhere, especially weekend trips with friends, which allows me to adapt to new kitchens with different equipment, strange grocery stores, different produce, stuff like that. I love to be challenged. At any rate, I need music, good natural light, and plenty of counter space.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

It really depends. If I’m writing, I prefer entire albums rather than playlists, because often I’m getting into a vibe and need to focus (this week, it’s been Bayonne, Chance The Rapper and Shura). If I’m cooking, anything goes (this week it’s been lots of Beyoncé, Blood Orange, Drake, Classixx, and Bombino) . If it’s the morning, I like to listen to podcasts (Hpw To Be Amazing, 2 Dope Queens, Reply-All are some of my favorites right now).

What do you do with art that you aren’t particularly fond of?

I don’t think there is anything particular. I hate feeling rushed, or putting out product I’m not thrilled with.

How do you make time to create?

Right now, because I’m making a book, it’s really all I do. It actually brings me a lot of anxiety to NOT create, so I  make sure that even when I’m playing, I incorporate some form of work. Either bringing my computer and setting aside some time to write, or cooking something inspiring that I can return to.

What’s your earliest memory of making art?

I had this tin foil bell I made in preschool that was decorated with colorful glue and glitter. Pretty basic. But my mom kept if for….forever. She might even still have it. Every year, it went up on the Christmas Tree. She’s not particularly sentimental, so I always was super touched when she *hadn’t* thrown it away (lol/sad). I think it instilled in me how much people love something that is created by someone they love. And art can mean a shitty tin foil bell ornament, if you want.

Do you have any words of advice for young artist/creators out there?

Work really fucking hard. Say yes to everything that interests you (whether or not you know what you’re getting yourself into). Be uncomfortable all the time. Put yourself out there. Be kind. Be supportive of those around you. Be honest (with yourself, with others).

Dear Alison, thank you for inviting us into your wonderful world of recipes + fresh perspective. We share your love for pizza, lemons, and being honest with ourselves. We can’t wait to read your book!