I've been stumbling upon Rachael's vibrant, dreamy collages all around the Instagram times and times again until I finally decided to look up who the heck was behind those beautiful images that simply radiate words such as feminine, divine, empowered, sensual, aligned.
There was something about those compositions, colour combinations, astrological motifs and postures of the women she chooses to use for her work that connected and resonated so deeply with me. Needless to say, I felt over the moon blessed when I got the chance to have a peek inside this brilliant woman's mind and soul and see how she comes up with such magical creations.
Hope you'll enjoy and get something out of this interview with lovely Rachael Day!
Hello, Rachael! For the start, can you give us a brief intro on how you first discovered your passion for visual expression?
I've always been creating and exploring different art forms, but this specific path started because I was doing freelance graphic design for various clients. While completing projects for other people I would get ideas for things that didn't fit their branding. So I started to explore those visuals on my own and just make things for myself. Along the way it's kind of developed into what it is today, but I'm constantly looking for new ways to progress and up-level what I'm doing into something greater.
Do you find it easy to "enter the flow" and create on daily basis or you developed some kind of practices that help you get started on those days when you feel uninspired?
It's not easy for me to create every day, if I'm honest. Haha. Well, in some ways yes it is. I can always sit down and make something. But to create work that's up to the standard and quality that I hold myself to and want to put out into the world, that happens less frequently. When I'm uninspired or feel like I'm not creating very good work, I usually just step away and do something else for a little bit. I think, music is really the only ritualistic thing I have or tool that I use to help me create or to get into a certain headspace.
How your passion and interest for Divine Feminine first came about?
I've struggled, and still struggle, a lot living in this world that's so fully saturated with imagery of women that are constructed through the lens of male desires. I'm not surprised that the content of my art ended up being about portraying women from a more feminine perspective. It's therapeutic, and I think I needed that.
What does Divine Feminine mean to you and how do you embody it in everyday life?
Divine feminine to me means defining yourself and your life on your own terms. Whatever that looks like for you. Not feeling like you have to live up to anyone else's idea of what your role in this world should be. And analyzing deeper and deeper why you are the way you are, and figuring out what parts of you actually feel true and what feels learned. I embody this in my life by trying to learn more about myself everyday, by the choices that I make, the career path I've chosen, and the art that I put out into the world.
You are mainly known for your beautiful, strong, colourful digital collages. Did you experiment with other techniques and how did you decide which one is "yours"? Do you think it may change in the future?
I definitely have experimented with other art forms and techniques. I have a bachelor's degree in art, and the college that I went to had a great program in that they encouraged us to try everything. So I feel like I got to dip my toes in all different types of art. Before this I spent a lot of time doing trippy, abstract paintings and I try to subtly incorporate that into my collages sometimes. I feel like I landed in digital art making because developing those skills and doing graphic design felt like the safer career path when I was graduating. There's lots of thing I can do in photoshop and effects I can get that you can't recreate with physical art making. That being said, I do greatly miss getting my hands dirty with paint and I'm 100% open to some crossover in the future.
What do you do on regular basis to keep your "creative juices flowing"?
I listen to music all the time while working and it's a great source of inspiration. Sometimes I'll listen to the same song on repeat while making a piece because I feel like it has the right vibe that I want to recreate in collage. I also like looking at art history and pulling from the richness there to help create depth in my work.
Do you have any advice for young (and old) artists who struggle to find their niche, being it regarding to the subject of their art or the style they want to create within? Having said that, do you think there's necessity to adopt a particular, well-defined style of our own and stick to it religiously?
I don't really think you have to find 'a style' or 'your style'. I think that helps the viewer more than the artist, honestly. I feel like it's easier for an audience to digest and relate to your art if they can put you in a box because you're consistently creating one type of work. So yeah having a style has some pros, but it can also be really crippling for an artist that's just starting out to feel like that have to find that thing that they do that makes them unique. It can be quite paralyzing. And also for a more developed artist that then becomes afraid to break out of that style and try something new because it doesn't fit their image. I think all that matters is that you pursue that creative instinct and explore wherever it takes you. No direction I've ever tried to push my art in has amounted to real growth. That just comes organically. Your art will develop however it's meant to develop.
Do you think artistic expression may benefit women who are not naturally "artsy" as it forces you to drop into your soft, intuitive, feminine side?
Definitely! But really I think anyone can benefit from being creative. I've felt soft and intuitive while making my pieces, but also strong and empowered that I'm creating something all myself. It forces you to let go and release any notion of control or expectation. And it's also just a way to explore your own psyche and understand your mind on a deeper level.
How to you deal with taking it personally when your art stumbles upon rejection or incomprehension? Does the detachment me vs. my artwork comes with time or it's something we need actively to work upon?
Sometimes I definitely do take it personally because my art feels like it's made up of all these pieces of me. But, if it's constructive criticism and could make your work better, then you have to be honest with yourself and open to hearing that. At the same time, you can't control anything or how people will receive something. I think you just have to find a balance that works for you and know that you're not going to be for everyone and that it's fine.
What is the most valuable lesson you learnt through regular devotion to your creativity?
To always be open to learning and progression. And if you start to feel comfortable making what you're making then it's time to try and add in something new or take that next step.
Other than through art and creation, what are your suggestions on stepping into our Divine Feminine archetype on regular basis?
To pursue whatever it is that you want to pursue. Focus on you. Dedicate yourself to helping you grow into the person that you want to be and getting what you want out of life.
And for the end, if you don't mind sharing - what is your biggest goal regarding your artistic career?
Just to continue developing and getting better. And to be able to completely support myself with my art.
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Favourite Crystal / Rose Quartz
Favourite song at the moment / I'd Rather Be With You by Bootsy Collins OR All I Need by Radiohead
Working in morning or working at night? Both, whenever creativity strikes.
The most empowering woman on Planet / At the moment I feel like it's not any one woman, but rather women as a collective and the empowering changes that are happening.
Analog or digital? Currently digital