ElevArte presents the Deep Roots Awards, to three honorees, at the Art As Our First Language celebration on Thursday, May 23. Today we are spotlighting Freya Enriquez, look for forthcoming interviews with our other honorees.
What does it mean to you to receive the Deep Roots award from ElevArte Community Studio?
Receiving the Deep Roots Award means the world to me. Honestly, I believe it’s better than receiving money. It just shows me that I’m finally an official family member of ElevArte Community Studio. It also means, I’m accomplishing my dreams of becoming a future artist and that I’m showing an effort to become one for life. I feel like it shows the love that I have for the new name ElevArte Community Studio.
What was your first experience with the arts?
My first experience with the arts was when I was in preschool, but I believe everyone starts out having some kind of experience with art. My official start was at Cooper drawing a mural in my art class of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. After that it was Orozco where I had the pleasure of being taught by Mr. Mendoza. Ever since I graduated from Orozco, I got detached from the art world, until I came to ElevArte.
It made me realize that I just didn't want to experience art but that I wanted to live it, breath it, become united with it. ElevArte opened my eyes to see what I truly desired. My first experience at EleveArte was Tejer Y Poder. I remember struggling and believing I was just going to be there for the summer. I never thought I would be there for more than a year.
When I was younger, I had the awesome experience of making my own bowls and cups with ElevArte. Never thought I would come back painting bowls for pozolada, knitting or crocheting, taking a photo class with Anthony, being paired with my awesome mentor Thelma, and being able to paint a mural at Spry Community High School. I guess it's true what they say, "Love at first sight" that's what it is or at least that's what I like to believe. ElevArte always has something up their sleeves ready to show me a new technique or style of art. In this case, I believe all my experiences with the arts will be my first, never my last.
What kinds of art projects are you working on at this time?
At the moment, one of the projects I’m working on is a mural at Spry Community High School. Hopefully, in the future I will be opening my own Etsy shop and incorporate the learning styles I learned at ElevArte. I hope someday to paint a mural on 16th street with the rest of the cool kids (artists). I'm also trying to do some knit graffiti, stenciling, and wheat pasting over the summer, but for most part making my art portfolio for art school.