Today we’d like to introduce you to Patty Suau.
Patty, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m known around town as “TinyFcknPix.” I’m unapologetically sassy, and I know exactly what I’m doing…like 50% of the time. Ha! The other 50% of the time I walk around scared and wobbly (which makes me relatable, because aren’t we all?).
I used to think I’m allergic to vulnerability. People couldn’t see me crying and weak; they would discover my “not-good-enough-ness.” Nope! No way! Never! So, when my ex-fiancé and I broke off our engagement, I had no idea how to process all the emotions. The deep pain, guilt, and shame were real, and I was clueless as to how to ask for what I needed or wanted.
Out of this desperate request to heal, TinyFcknPix was born. In the itty-bitty doodles, I drew everything I secretly yearned for. How I wanted to be held, adored, and made love to. I fell in love with my drawings, my therapists. Through them, I gave myself permission to feel deeply, digest, and “expose” my emotions. My drawings were framed offset in extra-large frames to emphasize their sacredness.
This was the beginning of me landing into myself. At times these last four years have felt like a cat in cold water. Despite it being a challenge to constantly look at my shadows, I’ve grown to love them. I’ve had help I didn’t even know existed! Vulnerability and I are finally friends. Even though she still intimidates the shit out of me every now and again, I’ve gone from rigid and self-loathing, to pleasure-seeking and unapologetically self-loving.
TinyFcknPix has evolved too! While the pieces will always be about intimacy, connection, and romance, they are no longer all tiny. I’m now full of, “I don’t give a fuck” fairy dust and this thing called sex appeal, and I want to share this zest with the universe! The plan is to show the world the power of love through my talents.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work brings to life the beauty of intimate connection through playful vulnerability.
I’m on a mission to create a sense of joy and pleasure while reflecting on the desire for human connection through art.
My drawings serve as a visual mantra that gives us permission to ask for and receive these romantic and sensual desires in a healthy way.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge facing artists today is the same challenge we all face; that of self-limiting beliefs. We are creative, folks! Everyone is! We can create fantastically imagined worlds just as easily as we can create negative stories about ourselves.
Let’s use artists as an example to contextualize common self-limiting beliefs:
Example 1: I need to rest but I can’t because I don’t have anything to show for my work. I haven’t made progress on my piece. I’ve learned to chill out. My best work comes when I decide I’m worthy of rest no matter what.
Example 2: My skills are not perfect (to my impossible standards), so people will not like or support my work. I learned people listen when I have something to say. Keep working; it’s not the final product that people are invested in (although they like that too).
Example 3: I’m not making money; there’s something wrong. I’ve learned in my case this is a worthiness story. (Also, people, can we let go of the “starving artist” idea? Asking for a friend).
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Instagram and I have a love affair. Find me, @tinyfcknpix. Etsy is part of our threesome. On Etsy, I have functional art in the form of pillowcases and throw pillows, as well as a limited edition set of postcards.
I also have a magical home studio in “la saguesera” that is open to studio visits. This is where we sit for commission interviews. They get yummy. Contact me if you want a commission or check out my website if you’re curious.
Currently, my work can be seen at Sodada Salon in Midtown Miami, and I have a pop-up solo show coming up in August at Next Level Barbershop in Downtown Miami.
My work now also consists of leading discussions, lectures, and workshops where we dive into topics of love, sex, and everything in between. They are called Pillow Talk PS. Dates and information can be found on my website and bio on Instagram.
Last but not least, I’m creating a sensuality coaching program that will be launching in the Fall of 2019.
- Website: www.pattysuau.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @TinyFcknPix
- Facebook: TinyFcknPix
Portrait taken by @rarevelvetdesigns