The next interview is with artist Lavana Lemley! She easily had one of the most peculiar, beautiful, and eye-catching pieces at the expo (pictured above)!
Instead of attempting to livestream this year’s Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo, Rem decided to hit up a few tables and bother people for interviews! Pay close attention, kids. He’s really terrible at this, but had some great interviews! Listen to the audio above and read the transcript lovingly produced by Brandon!
Remington: I’m here at the Classic Plastic’s Toy and Comics Expo and right now I am with Lavana Lemley. And Lavana is an artist in the area, and she has a very interesting piece here. Why don’t you tell our listeners a little bit about this piece?
Lavana Lemley: Well the one beside is us a six-foot sphinx. It is based off of antelope, and tree roots, and just a twisted creature (laugh).
R: It’s very eye-catching and your placement of it here on the floor is perfect to catch people’s eye. So how long did it take you to make this particular sphinx?
L: This one took about two to three weeks. There’s a lot of dry time with it, so it always extends like how long it takes to make it. And it’s made in multiple pieces.
R: Gotcha, so I can see a little bit of the different pieces put together here. You also have fleece blankets and prints as well. I heard you tell somebody earlier that all of your fleece blankets and things like that are machine washable?
L: Yeah they’re machine washable, microwave safe, dishwasher safe. Um, the mugs anyway…don’t put the blankets in the dishwasher, but (laugh) yeah they’re all really durable. I get them printed and I design them.
R: So how long does it take – I see a lot of sphinxes. A lot of nature-oriented things. What do you enjoy about painting all of those nature forms?
L: I just think nature itself is really weird. It can be really dark and really beautiful at the same time, so it’s really easy to get inspiration from it.
R: Do you have any film or other artists that inspire your particular…style, yeah (both laugh).
L: Um sure! I love Guillermo Del Toro’s work – Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorites. And of course I like Tim Burton and stuff like that. People who make dark, interesting creatures but they’re not always actually dark on the inside? They’re…I don’t know. (laugh) Unusual?
R: Right I gotcha. Well thank you very much! If there is anybody who would like to see your art – because there have been pictures up here at the con on their Facebook and things like that – But if they would want to get a hold of you or see your art in some way, where can they go?
L: Let’s see…I have a permanent display at the Riverside Artist’s Gallery in Marietta, it’s the one that’s by Tampico’s and Pizza Place. And then I also have stuff on display, usually, at the Vienna Public Library. And then I usually will do random shows and stuff at the Parkersburg Art Center.
R: Do you have a website or a Facebook page or anything where people can order stuff? Anything of that nature? Or do you just usually sell merchandise at shows?
L: I do just sell merchandise at shows, but people could contact me through my email on my website. It’s lavanalemley.carbonmade.com. And then I have the Facebook page, it’s “Lavana Lemley Art” as well as an Instagram which is just “Lavana Lemley”.
R: Alright, well thank you Lavana! I appreciate you taking the time to do my first interview!
L: Yay! (both laugh)