We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Schnur and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is a major aspect of being an artist for me. Most of the work I make is born solely out of risks I’ve taken pertaining to subject matter, material, or location. As a minority and female artist, a lot of my work is geared towards creating a narrative that can visually encompass those experiences which in turn creates a platform where I am able to articulate feelings and thoughts that are often suppressed. As a mother of twin boys, I try to instill the notion that every risk you don’t take is an opportunity missed. The limits we allow to be placed on ourselves are the ones built out of fear, and we can never let fear win. I know that I owe my artistic success to the risks I’ve taken to study and make work abroad which really gave me the baseline to become the artist I am today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
l’ve learned that life as an artist is full of lessons I thought I didn’t need to learn. I’ve grown to understand that failures are absolutely necessary. I needed to fail to become greater; to become stronger. I needed the professor I admired to tear me down to understand that not everyone will comprehend nor appreciate the work I make. Not everyone will grasp the message I am trying to convey and that’s okay. I learned that everything understood doesn’t have to be explained. Everyone doesn’t have to be a fan. This helped me appreciate that even though my journey isn’t linear, the destination is still success.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Tampa is such an interesting city. There is so much culture and light to be explored here. While some may find it a bit dull in comparison to other major cities, Tampa still has so much to offer. One of my favorite ways to spend my time is attending events called FrikiFriday put on by one of the most fire DJ’s I know in this city, DJ Donya. FrikiFriday’s are parties put on at various venues around Tampa where she spins the best mixes as well as showcasing local artists.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to highlight my sons, parents, and close friends for being my backbone. The love, encouragement, and support that you all have given me over the last nine years of my career has truly been monumental.