In honor of my one year of writing about monthly featured artists, I wanted to go back to basics and keep this month’s featured artist as a traditional interview format. Meet Samara DiMouro! We were booth neighbors at ARTsea in Marina Del Rey and thought it would be fun to interview a local artist. Let’s learn what makes her so unique as an artist and writer.
Tell me about yourself and your artistic style
I've been creating for as long as my memory allows me to think back. As a kid I would draw and write stories and play my older sister's keyboard. Art, writing, and music are my little trinity of existence. I'm happiest when I get to do all three at the same time. That usually consists of listening to my favorite music while writing a poem and then matching the poem with a little sketch, often involving triangles and random lines. I discovered a little over a year ago that I have Synesthesia, a neurological trait that allows my brain to cross my senses. It's a little complicated, but the most basic way I can explain it is when I hear music I see shapes and textures in my mind and I often feel those textures and shapes as sensations on my skin or in my muscles. Poetry feels very similar to music for me and I think it's why words tie in so closely with my art. My synesthesia gives me a full and rich life and I'm so grateful for it, though it does make math, measuring, and quickly telling my left from my right challenging at times. All of this, I think, explains my artistic style. It's a bit diverse, I guess, in that my pieces don't necessarily match. I usually paint/draw what I feel or hear and that can change drastically by the day and/or music I'm listening to. Maybe that's breaking the rules, but I can't help it. It's how my art comes through and I don't dare try to tame it.