As a self-taught abstract and resin artist, Alecca Adarna displayed signs of innate artistic talent at an early age. Through her family’s support, she delved in various art clubs and workshops which in turn helped her artistic prowess expand and evolve for years to come.
Her works now reveal an alluring perception of space and depth through a psychedelic interplay of organic shapes suggesting interpretations of the earth, water, and sky. With this Featured Artist interview, Likhaan got to know more about Alecca’s journey and work process.
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When did you begin making art?
My earliest memory of my interest in art was from grade school; however, “late bloomer” actually best describes my journey into the art world.
I was in my early 20s when I decided to start painting daily. I always thought that if being an artist wouldn’t work out for me, I’d be a gallerist instead. After all, everything about art and the art world fascinates me and I wanted to be a part of it.
What would you say is your art style?
Color blending and playing with different color palettes are my main art style. Moreover, depending on my mood I would use vibrant hues or subdued hues.
I also use a lot of gold leaf, gems, and resin. It gives such a rich finish to the painting and somehow brightens it up. However, each painting is different and I layer it with texture and paints. I use the palette knife to create cells and define the painting which is also one of my favorite tools to use along with my base cake spinner.
What does art and your work aim to portray?
Art is about connecting with people’s emotions and imagination. It’s personal and at the same time, universal.
I’m an expressive painter — I create by dancing around my canvas and other mediums. Feelings and images about my psychedelic insight also creep into my work.
Besides, it’s a human urge to express emotion through art. For instance, we all carry with us memories of our past experiences, and an artist has the ability to ‘feel strongly’ or to be ‘sensitive’ to such things and thereafter express them in various mediums.
In a nutshell, the artist ‘absorbs’ the atmosphere of a place, a memory or a feeling, and my work often portrays exactly that.
What’s your favorite piece of artwork that you’ve created?
I made a modern pastel-inspired painting filled with homemade geodes and it is cast in resin.
It is about bringing abundance and purification and I made the main stone by heating and breaking glass which floats in three islands of the artwork. Lastly, it is surrounded by grit stones and gold leaf.
When did you first start selling your work?
When the lockdown started in 2020, I opened an online store account and Instagram page for my artwork.
What’s your most important or indispensable art tool or supplies?
Silicone oil, and my pouring medium concoction.
What are your main sources of inspiration?
I draw inspiration from psychedelic experiences, playthings, visions, and of course, other artists’ artworks.
Are there any recent films/books/events/artists that have captured your attention?
My Instagram feed keeps me inspired. I mostly follow artists, gurus, poets, and therapists.
When do you feel most creative?
The moment I get to work!
How do you overcome creative blocks?
By learning from other artists and trying something new and having fun with it.
What do you think is an artist’s role in the community?
I believe that artists serve two major roles in society today.
First is the role of the historian. Art, after all, is the way humans process emotions, memorialize events and leave a mark in the world. The second role of artists in society is to be whatever the world needs them to be.
When the whole world feels like a dumpster fire, people need somewhere to escape and people often turn to paintings, movies, books, poetry, and music among many others as a means to escape the things they cannot control.
This is for the reason that creating and consuming art gives us hope — it is an agent of change. It is a mirror to society. When the world feels unjust, art gives us the freedom to push back. It gives us a voice larger than our own literal, singular voice.
Art is also joy. It’s unnecessary to physiologically live, but it’s still something worth using and sharing with others. It’s worth connecting over and worth living for. If we imagine a world with no artists, for sure we are looking at a bleak, bland world.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of being an artist?
Relying on money from your art.
This is why having multiple sources of income other than just selling your artwork is very important when you are first starting off — and possibly throughout your career as an artist.
In fact, a diversified stream of income has allowed me to experiment and make the work I truly want to make. But at the very core, continue creating the work that you truly love and the right buyers will come eventually. This way, you can stay true to your own personal creative path, but in the meantime, you can feed yourself and keep a roof over your head with your alternate source of income.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring or new artists, what would it be?
Try everything. If a style, subject, or technique scares you, do it until it doesn’t.
Experiment constantly. If you have a question about a technique, find the answer by looking at work made by other artists who use it and then practice it yourself. If you are comfortable with a medium or technique, do something with it that makes you uncomfortable — try doing it left-handed if you are right-handed, break the rules, mix media etc.
Don’t be afraid to learn new stuff from others. Listen to constructive feedback from other artists, not just your friends, rivals, or family. “I like/love/dislike/hate that” is not useful feedback since it says nothing about your work, only the taste of the observer. Ask what it is they “like/dislike etc” in particular about the work. Afterward, learn to accept or reject feedback at your leisure without being emotionally upset by it — art is highly subjective, and tastes always vary.
Above all, practice as much as possible and never settle for a level of ability. Always seek to learn and grow as an artist by exploring at all times.
And what advice would you give to your younger self?
Focus all your love on your grandparents and show it every day. Secure your future by being the best you could be in school. Never take a day off and ace all your classes. Bad boys will ruin everything for your future!
Do you have any exciting new projects that you’re planning to launch in the near future?
A physical merchandise store along with a hole-in-the-wall bakery/cafe. (Fingers crossed it will be a reality!)
Why did you decide to join Likhaan?
I decided to join to show solidarity with other local artists and to have a proper platform to be able to showcase my artworks in both the local and international scenes.