We had the good fortune of connecting with Alanis Forde and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alanis, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
As a conceptual artist who lives and works in the Caribbean, Barbados in particular, it can be very difficult to want to create when the overall “atmosphere” here doesn’t necessarily view art as a valuable career. There needs to be a lot of self-discipline and control throughout my process and artistic development to want to even continue going in my art career. I personally take my work very seriously therefore my mindset has changed and shaped around my work ethic and how I approach my art.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am painting/creating my experiences and that automatically sets me apart from others because only I can do that and tell those stories through my art. In 2020 I painted a 30×60 foot mural on the Barbados Postal Service building with two artists Akilah Watts and Anna Gibson within 17 days and I don’t know what else can top that at this moment…. and I am afraid of heights so its a huge accomplishment in more than one way. As much as 2020 was a crappy year, my art career took off in so many directions. I signed to the gallery Paris Texas LA (California), I sold artwork to prominent art collectors and I participated in my first international art residency at the Chautauqua Institution in New York… but all of this wouldn’t have been possible without my changing my mindset at the beginning of that year. It was not easy, they were many times I heard no but the goal is to continually apply yourself and moving forward. One lesson I’ve learned is to never take anything personally and everyone isn’t going to like what you create and that’s the beauty of life. The idea of wanting the world to know anything sounds very prestigious but I’d say turn your eyes to this little island Barbados, they are a lot of artists doing fantastic things. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I first have to thank my parents for never batting an eyelash when I told them I’d like to study and pursue art. They were and still are very supportive and helped me through my time at the Barbados Community College. My sisters of the heart, Akilah Watts and Anna Gibson who are both two extremely talented Barbadian artists. Going on a decade we’d have been working with and supporting each other and I won’t be where I am today without them

Website: https://alanisforde.weebly.com/
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