THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: Just as an alchemist transforms led into gold, is there an element of transformation in your creative expression? How does this process for you, connect to that of an alchemists?
JOONBUG: I think it’s that moment where the sudden excitement rushes over because I finally found a path from mind to paper. You get all these thoughts of what could be, what could not be, and you sketch all those thoughts, and there's one definitive line, and it goes from there. A lot of times I don't know what direction I'm going in. I just connect to that line, and then everything starts falling into place.
THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: Artists are often labeled as "stars.” Just as a star radiates light and the planets then reflect this light. Do you see your work behind the pen or behind the lens, as a reflection of this light?
JOONBUG: Yes in the sense that it’s a reflection of the idea manifested on the paper. The light could be the idea, the reflection could be how that light manifests in the tangible realm.
THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: When an artist is not "creating" it is often labeled a "creative block." Where do you find the creative spark? What inspires your work and does it require a sense of courage to create from this unknown space?
JOONBUG: Amazing question!! I view the creative block as a challenge or opportunity. It's like one of those blessings in disguise. When there’s a creative block that just means that the path that you’re going on is too narrow. You have to widen that. Widen your path. Use the said block as more of a catalyst or fuel. You take yourself out of your comfort zone. The courage comes in the discomfort. That discomfort of what you’re feeling of the unfamiliar, you get this chance of rebirth, you’re stuck with this. You can either fold or make something great of it. Chances are if you’re looking for that change, you’re going to make the best of it. That’s the courage you need to have to make something of it. You have to put yourself outside of that. Is this really a block? Is this really going to stop me? I think it’s a good thing. You have to be ready to roll with the punches. I would love if people saw creative blocks as a form of good, not the other way around. It’s solvable. You’re just not thinking outside the box. You have to train your mind to think different ways. You grow. That’s the beauty of humans. We make the best of what we’re given all the time, lemons into lemonade.
All these projects have challenged me in ways i can only be grateful for, thanks for rocking with me, y’all.
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The Museum of Light is curated by:
Billy Johnson Jr., Adell Henderson, Joslyn Rose Lyons, Rafael Casal, Matt Smith, Malik Buie.