We had the good fortune of connecting with Kandy G Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kandy G, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
As a parent, you always think (at least in my case) that you could’ve/should’ve done something different/better/stronger, etc. However, you are human and not to sound to clique but “you’re doing the best you can.” As a parent, it is important for me to apologize to my children when mommy did not react in the “best” way. There is nothing worse than a grown up not taking responsibility for ALL of their actions. My kids are still young (7 months & 2 years old). The terrible twos are in full force and the breastfeeding is none stop on top of working to keep a household afloat because of covid. It’s been difficult but it has been a life changer. You grow in the uncomfortable. You are your child’s example. Do your best, when you can.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an afro-Caribbean female artist, my work tackles many issues/ideas. Depending on the medium I’m exploring, I try to communicate a feeling of nostalgia with my portraits or city-scapes. As someone who was raised in multiple cities, my pieces provide strength and guidance to individuals that are not seen as often in museums and gallery walls. I paint the (in)visible and the vulnerable while showcasing their power. It’s a juxtaposition I’ve been exploring for many years now, and it still excites me. I’ve been painting for 21 years and teaching for 9 years. Teaching has given me a reason to continue to research and explore my interests in ways I never thought possible. Students teach me new things everyday and keep me current. They push me with their questions. In a way, I exhibit not only for my career but as an example to them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friends are artists and they are from Miami. BUT, let’s say they weren’t. We would start the day off by taking the metro rail to government center, like we used to when we went to New World School of the Arts. Then we would take the metro mover to the PAMM, since when we went to school (2002-2006) it was MAM and they haven’t seen it since. This would be a great spot to take our kids so they can also explore different ways of creating and interacting with a few of the pieces outside of PAMM. We would then spend an hour trying to find a place to eat in downtown (we are all picky). We could visit the downtown mall and shop a little bit. Then we could back track and head to my friend’s dads house and hang out in the pool and maybe BBQ for the family. We are all pretty laid back, so a typical day is spending as much time with each other and our families as possible.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support and enthusiasm of my parents (cheerleaders), best friends (sisters) and my husband (coach). They listen to my crazy ideas, give feedback on my current work, and show up to my current exhibitions. They are my artistic lifeline.