Hometown: New York, New York
Lives and Works: New York, New York
About the Artist
Samantha West (b. 1983) is inspired by the curious combination of vintage nudes, birds, Fred Astaire movies, bus rides, mermaids (and their long mermaid hair), horses, and barefoot cooking. She has been published across Europe, Asia, and North America. Publications include Vision Magazine, NEO2, Vanity Fair Germany, Bust Magazine, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Maker Magazine, Dossier, Jalouse Magazine, The New York Times, New York Arts Magazine, Soundvenue Magazine, and Lamono Magazine, amongst others. Selected clients include Forever 21, Osklen, Jaunt NY, Bess NYC, Yestadt Millinery, Nerve.com, Sub Pop Records, Rounder Records, Touch and Go Records, and New Amsterdam Records. Samantha’s work holds a place in the permanent collection of WYNC’s Jerome L, Greene Space in New York City. She currently works in New York City.
Q&A with Samantha West
What are the issues that concern you the most when creating new work?
That is a true reflection of what I believe in and who I am as a woman.
What artists or artworks have impacted you and influenced your own practice?
Listening to Tchaikovsky and Ravi Shankar while editing is always stimulating. The rhythm that both E E Cummings and Kurt Vonnegut possess in their writing is always a true thrill. I love the brain of Terry Gilliam and how it displays itself on film. Every artist I get to photograph always gives something back, whether through their eyes or in conversation which I thoroughly enjoy. I have given up on making lists of people who have impacted my vision, really! There are too many glorious talents out there to name!
What is your routine when it comes to making art?
I am a lunar baby in a solar world. I work best when night falls and when I am alone.
What significance does showing and selling your work over the Internet hold with regards to your art?
The internet is an incredible way to reach audiences. I am of the generation where it would be foolish to ignore the impact, outreach, and influence showing and selling work online has; it is able to connect so many hearts, minds, and eyes and therefore is of great significance to me. I absolutely would not be where I am and doing what I am doing without the connections the wonderful world wide web has encouraged.
If pursuing art were not an option, what other profession would you go into?
Barefoot cooking, teaching, or teaching people how to cook while barefoot.