Today we’d like to introduce you to Star Trauth.
Star, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born to nomadic hippies in the seventies. With them, I traveled through 28 states, commune to commune. During this time, I experienced many rich geographic cultures, colorful personalities, many different ways of life, and a couple of pet monkeys. I set off on my own at a relatively early age and immersed myself in the counterculture of my own generation. I found a home amid the punk rock movement and tumultuous political currents of the times. A solo trip to New York City and London introduced me to the amazing works of street artists and street culture. The tribal aspect of Native Alaskan, Mexican, African, and Native American culture that I experienced as a child, the counterculture of New York and London that I encountered, and the edginess of the eighties inform my work today. Further study of fiber art and textile processes of Japan and South Korea have transformed my process.
My love for the tactile nature of fiber began at a very early age, sitting at my Great Grandmother’s knitting basket and running my fingers through fibers, something I still think about while manipulating my own fiber works today. I graduated with a concentration in fine art and worked for many years as an interior designer. This further nourished my love of the limitless color and texture of textiles. As an adult, I have become very influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian craft culture. My eye is always drawn to something unique. As such, I am drawn to the creation of something that causes the person to pause their eye and be drawn to touch, as I did at my Great Grandmother’s knitting basket.
I live in Miami, a place that breathes life into me. The mix of cultures and unique personalities invigorate me. Miami’s unquenchable thirst for all things colorful, beautiful, and creative inspires me at every turn. I am blessed to share this amazing life with my loving and supportive husband of 23 years and our creative and joyful daughter, who is often my muse.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’m a survivor and may have more lives than a cat. I’ve overcome poverty, abuse, bullying, and a rather long “METOO” list.
I wouldn’t change a thing. The flowers and abuse, the miscreants and millionaires. They put me here in the sun, sinking barefoot into the warm wet sand. This spot where I can stand hand in hand with my lover. The place where I admire my woman child. Every thought, every instinct, every process, every inspiration… was it from a kiss, a gift, a slap, or foul word? Who knows? So, I’ll take it all to have this as my present.
We’d love to hear more about your artwork.
My work has been described as tribal and innovative, phallic and yonic, art you want to touch but shouldn’t. My practice melds ancient techniques with signature innovations. I prefer to use vintage, found, and signature fibers for my creations in unison. My inspiration comes from memory. Memories can jumble, I need the focus point of music to keep things clears. In music I see color and technique unfurl. I am creating my imagination and inviting you on the journey.
The constant thread through my body of work is legacy. When I became a mother, I noticed how she watched me as others had done in the past. Unlike previous times, I wanted to live up to my daughter’s gaze. It is a big responsibility, one which I hope to fulfill. I want to pass on wisdom, gratitude, joy, and beauty through my art and my actions.
This work explores the contrasts of life freely lived and the repercussions. I’m left with hard and soft spots, light and dark moods, parts hidden and others laid bare. All without regret as it’s led me on an interesting journey. Each movement in this piece invites you into my history and creation.
What have been some of the most important lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Never be afraid to fail, it’s part of the path to learning and to success.
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