Teen2Teen: Artist Lola Coate is Making her Mark
Apr 30, 2019 10:13PM
● By Melissa Emerzian
Look to All Things Loomis to connect with our most connected generation in history, Generation Z. Teen2Teen are interviews conducted by teens, highlighting the young builders, dreamers, entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes whose compassion and passion are making a mark in our town.
How/why did you start making art? Is there a particular person, class, or event that inspired you?
The reason I started doing art is mainly because I enjoy the process, with the additions of messy hands, a paint collection, and so much more. My first abstract piece I did in third grade had to have been the first inspiring moment of my artist career, with the encouragement from friends and family. I remember imagining how far I could go with a skill such as the one I stumbled upon, and the thought still excites me, years later.
Describe your style of art. Think about how you would describe it to someone who has never seen it.
Describing my art has to be the hardest part of the job. If I were to attempt explaining my art, I would definitely bring up Zentangle, which is a similar form of design. Mandalas are somewhat similar, as well, although I’m not very good at them. If I were to go another route, I would say that my art is a jumble of all things. Drips, spider webs, sea shells, swirls, spikes, you name it.
Tell us about the different types of artwork and mediums you utilize. What do you enjoy creating the most?
My main mediums are sharpie and acrylic paint, which can go on just about anything and that’s really exciting for me because I’m still mingling through the area of things I haven’t done yet. Some pieces I’ve completed have been on mugs, clothing, shoes, instruments, canvases, and my favorite things to do: longboards and skateboards.
What is your most important artist tool?
Artist tool, as in not food. Okay. A drawing utensil, then. It could be anything, really, but it’s important to me for it to be able to leave behind markings. Pencil, marker, crayon, chalk, charcoal, whatever. If you have said tool, then your project opportunities are limitless. It’s a super power.
Where do you create your pieces? Do you have a special place at home or studio set up?
It really depends on the project. With a regular ballpoint pen, I can draw on my hand anywhere or I can doodle on a napkin in a restaurant. And that makes sense; it’s easy, it’s small, it’s clean. But if I were doing a bigger project, say a skateboard, then I’d most likely be doing it in my parent’s garage. Canvases normally take place in our storage room, which we call our Room of Requirement, a reference to the Harry Potter series. In said room, I keep all my tools and paints stashed safely away in places my siblings can’t find them.
I’ve taken many art classes from different individuals over the course of my life and I’ve learned more than I can put into words. On various social media platforms, I follow a handful of other artists. Hearing their stories and taking their advice on different projects inspires me to expand my knowledge for art. I don’t care much for reading about art, I would much rather up and do it myself.
Is there a particular work of art you are most proud of? Why?
Yes, my brother’s longboard that I painted a while back. I used three different acrylics: burgundy, orange, and blue, and I doodled on the board with sharpie afterwards. I’m most proud of this board because it’s not only the first I’ve ever done, but because I had no idea what I was doing when I did it and it looks fantastic. So, so proud.
Now pick a favorite piece and answer the following:
If this artwork had sound what music would it sound like?
If this piece could dance, what song would it dance to?
If this artwork were a person, what would its personality be like?
I think that the sound the art would make would be just as hard to describe as the art itself, but considering what the piece is on, I’ll say an old, out-of-tune acoustic guitar. If this acoustic piece could dance, I think it would dance to something country, which I don’t listen to, so I wouldn’t be able to give you a specific song. Oh my gosh, if my art were a person I think that they would be the kind of person you couldn’t have a serious conversation with. I would picture this art person to be goofy and hyperactive, constantly jumping from topic to topic because of all the little things they’d like to talk about. But I also think my art could be more of a mellow kind of fellow, too. Despite how complicated it is, it’s almost bohemian.
What memorable responses or awards have you received for your work?
One of my favorites was, “this belongs in a modern art museum, it’s amazing”. The funniest I’ve gotten was, “if you stare at it long enough, you get dizzy”. Others fall into the category of “Wow, Lola. You’re really talented”. And then I feel great about myself for the rest of the day.
I recently won the Highest Business Potential award at the Acton Academyś children´s business fair. The fair gives kids from ages 5-18 the chance to create their own business from scratch and practice the every-day life of an entrepreneur. It was a public event hosted at The Ground on March 30th, 2019, and there were over a thousand people there. At my booth, I sold my art on varying items such as coffee mugs, tote bags, skateboards, canvases, and shoes. I received a large number of compliments and questions, and altogether, I would say that the Acton Business Fair went very smoothly and I can't wait for next year.
Do you have a dream project?
Right now, the biggest things I can picture are a mural or a car. A mural would be great and all, but if I can get my art on a car, then it can go places. And people will ask about it, because custom art isn’t a normal thing you’d see on a car. So that would leave me both the ability to say I’ve done it, and more people would know what I do. I’m sure that in a few years my dream projects will change, but until then, I will continue eyeing the old trucks we pass on the road.