ARTISTS AS STARS: PRINCE EA

THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: Artists as Alchemists: Just as an alchemist transforms led into gold, do you feel that being an artist relates to that of being an alchemist? Do you view the artist journey and your creative expression, as alchemy?

PRINCE EA: Alchemy? Yeah, I can definitely see my creative expression as alchemy. As artists we start with nothing, just a blank piece of paper. To transform thoughts into eloquent words that in turn galvanize people to take action is truly amazing. For me its almost similar to an ice sculptor. I can see the beautiful figure before I begin but everyone else sees a block of ice. I chip away, getting rid of what’s unecessary and the figure reveals itself. Beautiful.

THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: The Evidence of the Journey: Artists are often labeled as "stars.” Just as a star radiates light and the planets then reflect this light, do you see your work as an artist like that of a star? Is this "light" that stars radiate merely the evidence of this journey of becoming a star/learning to radiate light?

PRINCE EA:  I do see my work as an artist like that of a star. It shines on its own without trying to. It doesn’t need credit. It naturally guides the way for people and illuminates their lives.

THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: The Courage to Create: When an artist is not "creating" it is often labeled a "creative block." How do you navigate this space, how do you find the creative spark in the dark, and does it require courage to create from this unknown space? Describe this process.

PRINCE EA:  I don’t force anything. The art comes out when it wants to. I’m merely a vehicle for it. The more I force it, the more ugly it becomes. Like pulling a flower from the earth to try to make it grow, you damage it. You must let it grow in its own time at its own speed, and be there to water it constantly. This means, give yourself space to grow, give yourself inspiration and time for the fruit to grow ripe <3

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