disclaimer: ugly shyla is like family. that’s not to say she’s here because she’s family… but, it explains why we’re now like kin. like all the rest, because her art and story attracted me to her and, the more I found out about her and her art, the more I wanted to find out… we’re now good pals.
I relate to ugly in many a way… in many a white trash, outlaw, underground art ways… ugly is from a cajun ghetto, me, I was born in a trailer park in lubbock texas… she understands pain and survival, she creates not just for career, but for feral, animal instincts… art is a calling she never suppressed or denied… we bond on shit like this.
when artist talk about being self taught and outside, they wish they were shyla and probably hate on her for just how real she is… and they, the outside of the outside def. steal ideas from her, even lady gaga has been busted lifting ideas from shyla… ugly shyla is an artist, she makes dolls, paints, is into performance art, sculpts… I’m not sure there’s much she doesn’t do.
what is underground art?
Its a art movement or subculture of artist that do things that are just below the surface of the mainstream.Underground art as a object is usually a work of art that addresses issues that may make the mainstream uncomfortable.We are a sort of artistic outlaw.
are there rules or a set of ethics to the underground?
I would hope “DON’T COPY” would be one of the main rules but that seems to be few and far between. I think the main rule should be there aren’t any rules.
what is selling out?
It’s doing something you do not want to or HATE to do just for money or fame.I think if you area underground artist and stick to your guns,and happen to get wildly popular or make a ton of money,as long as you are true to yourself you aren’t selling out.
can underground go above ground and still be underground?
I think so.I was all over national news with my painting squirrel Winkelhimer. And obviously I still work as a underground artist and I doubt conservative mom’s will be buying my art any time soon.Thankfully the squirrel is so darn cute I don’t think anybody noticed me.
have you ever sold out?
No I haven’t,but I don’t have to worry I don’t think Target or the like could try and sell my dolls.
is it possible to steal an idea?
Of course and people do it ever damn day.
your biggest artistic regret.
That there is just never enough damn time.And that I’m distrustful of how polymer clay holds up over the centuries,it’s such a damn easy medium to work in.But I want to make sure my art last so I use ceramic ect.
your biggest artistic inspiration.
The spirit world and my unending sorrow about living in this plane of existence.
what is dangerous art?
For the statue quo it’s anything where somebody unabashedly expresses themselves,with unpopular ideas. Especially if they encourage other people to rebel.
bonus question…nature or nurture?
I can say for myself I was born a artist.I just can’t help it.But my mom was very instrumental in encouraging me to be creative and always express myself.And I will always be indebted to her for that.