Interview with an artist : LaChele Claypool

Tell the people who you  are and where are you from?

 I was born and raised in Oklahoma by a crazy hippy man in a wheelchair that filled my mind with Firesign theater and other oddities. I am a full-time photographer focusing on abstract portrait work and broody naturescapes.


Can you tell us about your latest project?

 Currently I am doing a series called DOLA (dicks out Los Angeles) featuring a friend of mine wandering the streets of LA with his pants around his ankles. Sometimes in washing machines at public laundry mats sometimes on the streets of Hollywood. We could turn up anywhere.


What message do you want people to receive from your artwork?

 I want a sense of self love, self-mocking, and a common connection through the journey of being human.  I feel like I am able to provide a bridge between peoples perceptions of themselves and the multilayers that truly comprise them.


Do you remember your first creative work, the moment you knew that you where an artist?

I can’t remember a time without arts of some kind. I started ballet in kindergarten.  Drums at a very early age. I always drew, wrote, and started taking photos poorly around ninth grade. I always knew that is what I was, a photographer.


Who are your favorite artist and inspirations?

Nine Inch nails multi-level very polished attention to detail while also being chaotic and empathic was something that really molded the way my art brain works.  I had a lot of fantasy influence from Patrick Woodroffe and Boris Valero visually and the humorous approach of Frank Zappa’s music.  All of these things inundated through my childhood on created the monster I am today.

What tools do you use to create?

 I am a whatever I have in front of me kind of creator.  I obviously always have my camera. I switch between a sub par canon with ok lenses and a 70’s Polaroid.  Lighting is where it’s at  But It never needs to be thousands of dollars of gear kind of lighting. I use tea light candles often for warm glows. Red gels and cool blue lights together.  Usually just desk lamps though frankly. I’m both haphazard and precise with my gear bags and approach.


Where can we see more of your art, what other places has your work been published?

 I have been published in Anti Heroin chich, Stubborn Magazine and Arabella magazine recently. You can see me on ig @deevolutionary_photography.  That is where I post the most these days. 


What do you see yourself doing in 20 years?

That is unforeseeable.  I could never predict a path. That is wholly unlike me.  All I can say is that I will likely be terrorizing people with easily offended minds.  That never changes.


If you could work on a creative project with anyone in the world from any period in time who would it be?

 I would likely work with Zappa and I would work with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails considering the heavy influence he has had on my work.


Any last words you would like to say to the Section 8 Magazine readers worldwide?

Don’t fear expression of self, breaking of bounds, stepping outside of your comfort zone and making others uncomfortable with your existence and your message.  Create art without self-censoring.  Protest through art, send messages that lay heavy in your heart. Do well, seek success but do not become consumed with greed and desire.  Maintain a purity and serve your heart and others an ease through your brush strokes, camera clicks, guitar strums… you get the point.

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