Rudy Fig: 100 Creatives

Number 77: Rudy Fig

City: Twin Cities

Years spent living in MN: Twenty-two, minus a few

The magical forests, Candylands, and underwater worlds that Rudy Fig's characters inhabit are sweet ones filled with melting ice cream lace, brightly colored mushrooms, and octopus hats. But beneath this girly exterior are darker and deeper meanings; portraits also feature isolation, bruised knees, solitary drinking, and questioning gazes. The subconscious plays an important role in each oil painting she creates, as subjects bare their souls--and often, their chests--with symbols while picnicking in a universe that is dark, whimsical, and always a little trippy. We look forward to seeing what psychedelic land Fig takes a stroll in next.

Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:

1. Magic juju
2. Nebulas
3. Tea parties

Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:

1. Earth and its stuff.
2. Roald Dahl
3. Various species of Semaeostomeae

What was your last big project?

I have no idea. I had my first solo show this year, I guess that was a big project. My big projects are still being formed.

What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?

I'll be having a feature exhibition at the Hive gallery in L.A. this April. I'm also preparing to start some large fiberglast sculptures and working on some children's literature and illustrations.

Creative/career high point (so far)?:

I had some work featured in a show at Art Basel last year and have participated in over 35 exhibitions across the country since I started at 18.

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?

Yikes. Really, everything from expenses, to medical issues, to people thinking I'm too young, to juggling ideas--I even got stranded on top of a mountain in California with nothing at one point when I was supposed to be at an exhibition in Seattle. Challenges have a way of morphing into subconcious goals if you fail to recognise them as challenges.

How has the local scene changed since you began your career?

I am very early on in my carreer as an artist, but I've seen some really cool galleries opening up, which is always exciting. It seems to be constantly changing.

Favorite ice cream topping?

Something colorful.

For whatever reason, you are forced to live in one of your creations. Which do you choose and why?

I would choose the piece Lolly Lee scraped her knee seeking the words of the redwood tree because it reminds me of a time when I lived in the woods, which was crazy and fun. I would also choose the piece because it doesn't have as much ice cream as the others.

Rudy Fig: 100 Creatives
Lolly Lee scraped her knee seeking the words of the redwood tree

Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.

Past creatives, so far:

100. Jennifer Davis
99. Sean Smuda
98. Chuck U
96. Amy Rice
95. Kara Hendershot

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