We had the good fortune of connecting with Maya Fuhr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maya, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think that risks can come in many shapes & forms, they aren’t always what you think it is. For me, the riskiest things I do in my career are putting myself on the line or having uncomfortable conversations.. Especially in my art practice, getting gallerists to come into my studio was nerve wracking for me. I always thought that since I didn’t have “formal” art training, i’d sound like I didn’t know what I was talking about. However, the more I talked about my work while being myself in those moments .. I discovered that it wasn’t risky, it was actually fun.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work has developed over the past decade in many different ways! All in all, it’s about not putting people in a box and capturing people in a way they feel most comfortable. Sex positivity, gender fluidity, sustainability and fashion have all been pillars of my work. There were definitely mistakes along the way, and growing as a person translated into my work. The more clear I got with myself and who I am, the more motivated I was to have my work speak for itself. I’ve gotten where I am today professionally by being curious and hard working, because I love what I do.
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 sister is visiting me in L.A tomorrow! We are definitely going to different beaches – I have a soft spot for Venice Beach. There’s also a beautiful restaurant called Yamashiro that’s been around for 100 years and has a view of the entire city. We are going to Night Gallery to see my friend Darby Milbrath’s exhibition and to The Broad Museum as well. So many bars- Walts is usually fun on the weekend..
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I totally agree. I think that community, support and encouragement of others is so important ! I give shoutout to every single person that has appeared in front of my camera lens. Especially for their generosity and vulnerability in allowing me to tell their story through my eye. My partner, Chris has been a huge contribution because I always have him as a rock // yummy meal at the end of the day // and someone to go over my crazy ideas with. My fam and friends have also encouraged me along the way – way too many to name but they are all in my heart! Every assistant i’ve ever had arguably teaches me more things than I teach them. All in all, growing up, knowing that following my passions and creativity was an option for me as a career, thanks to my upbringing, was a privilege. Lastly, I did a professional/personal development program called The Landmark Forum that continuously empowers me to be clear on what excites me and what I want to accomplish.
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