Back Talk: A Conversation with Ana Bagayan

Juxtapoz // Saturday, 28 Jan 2012
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Opening February 4 at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, There Is Time To Kill Today will showcase new paintings, drawings and the debut of a new series of charcoal works on canvas from Burbank-based artist Ana Bagayan. Her work explores images of adolescence as metaphors for larger themes of ethos and wonder and has been featured in such publications as Rolling Stone, Spin, GQ and various others.

Ana says of her work “Although theres no unifying theme to this show, the inspiration for the work comes from the metaphysical- ghosts, spirits, intergalactic space creatures, anything that hints at the idea that we are just a small part of the unimaginably vast universe. Some of the works are based on hypnosis sessions of people who believed they had been abducted by aliens. I’ve created human/alien hybrid creatures based on the experiences these people described. All of the works, I feel incorporate the inherent beauty of interpreting both the known and unknown.”

1. One reason you make art: The career aptitude test in grade school said I should pursue it and it worked out. 

2. The last good movie you saw:
Home Alone 2

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3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to: Build and furnish an insect dollhouse. 


4. Favorite country or city visited: Country: Scotland. City: Brooklyn.


5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life: Be an open-minded, good human. 

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6. Something you want the world to know about you: I don't want the world to know that much about me. 


7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people: That they're not all dogs. 


8. Something that concerns you: We are all fucked. 

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9. Artists you admire: Current obsessions are Alfred Kubin and Frans von Bayros.


10. Favorite quote(s):
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
And you are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun - Time by Pink Floyd. 


11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?
First: The Cranberries 'No Need to Argue' Last: 'After Dark' which consists of various electronic artists.

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12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating? Clean up my apartment, google pictures of baby animals. 


13. What is your most defining characteristic? I'm very sensitive. 


14. What is your greatest fear? Waking up to find an intruder in my house. Also, being alone.

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15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’: When I was in high school, I had to do a self portrait for an art class for the final. My portrait was of me crying blood into a bucket held up by my skeleton arms. A room full of students and parents were trying to analyze what I must have been feeling while creating it. I had just drawn something that I thought looked cool and I realized people were going to judge me based on my art.


16. Your greatest quality: I'm quite fond of my sense of humor. 


17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself: Maybe be more organized. Other than that, I'm a work in progress but I like myself. 

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18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it? I've made a bunch of huge changes in my life in the last couple of years and it is difficult and scary to be making a big change just based on a gut feeling. My guts were right. 


19. Something you wish you had known five years ago: Listen to your instincts. 

20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life? Master telepathy and telekinesis so I can be super lazy.


Ana Bagayan

There Is Time To Kill Today’

Reception with the artist:? Sat, Feb. 4th 5-8PM

Exhibition: February 4—25, 2012
Thinkspace Gallery

Culver City, California