Artist Interview: Michelle I Ponce
Welcome to the first artist interview for Xico’s “Reach Within” exhibit, an entire show of small artworks at Xico through March 10. Today we’re talking to Michelle I. Ponce, a Caribbean artist currently living and working in Phoenix, Arizona.
How do you feel about creating small pieces vs. large pieces?
It’s a lot of fun to create small pieces and large pieces, they are both so different. With small pieces I have to be very careful with my hand movements. Large pieces also require careful attention; sincre they’re bigger, the viewer can see more of it!
Where does your creative urge come from?
My creative urge comes from a mixture of emotion, thought, and an urge to act, to create. An idea comes to me that I feel I must share, and I pay heed to that urge. The more I exercise that urge, the more it flows.
Do you remember when you first identified yourself as an artist?
Yes, it was in high school and I had a wonderful art teacher that supported my identifying as an artist. I think I knew since I was younger, but it took years to actually feel comfortable calling myself an artist!
What do you have coming up next as an artist?
I look forward to continued growth and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the process of creating. There is much work to do!