Delia is blogging from Dubai as a part of Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. After spending 20 days in the United Arab Emirates as part of the CU International Ticket Program, Delia received an exclusive invitatiunnamed-5on to attend Art Dubai. Get to know her better in this Q & A!

What brought you to UC Denver, and specifically the College of Arts and Media?

When I decided to transfer and had committed to studying photography, I knew I wanted a BFA vs a BA because I wanted something that would be well rounded. CAM offered a BFA program and I had really enjoyed campus when I had visited a few years ago.

What concentration do you find yourself leaning towards the most? Why? When did you get started?

I took photography in high school and I loved it. I like being able to express creativity using photography and its processes. I am completing a BFA in photography in May.

What helps you get inspired?

Other artists. I save so many articles off of the internet about other artist’s work and the ideas behind it or a new practice or technique used in a different way. Its important to look at other work because it helps you improve your own.

Do you have any rituals to get yourself motivated when you work?

Deadlines 🙂 The thought of processing film or bringing images into lightroom to edit is motivating because I can really spend time with the images I shot and start making decisions.

Where is the best place to see art, in your opinion?

The best place to see art is in the studio where the artist works. It helps the viewer understand the process and see how the artist forms ideas. Art in a gallery or museum is excellent for understanding the formal qualities, but when the art is where it was formed, it feels more organic and the relationship between the artist and the work they create is more clear cut.

Do you think travelling while representing CAM has been a fulfilling experience? Why?

Yes! It was an incredible experience to attend something that was designed for people who work in the art world. These are working professionals and artists, and being able to interact with them as a student finishing a degree was invaluable. It was also incredibly diverse with people from all over the world converging in one place. I was definitely able to apply my knowledge from CAM classes during the trip, recognizing artists we had studied and being able to understand theories discussed at a forum. I felt well prepared by my studies for this trip.

What is your favorite part of being in the CAM program?

Amazing faculty.They are dedicated to helping students succeed by showing support and advocating for opportunities that will enhance their educational experience while in the program.

What would you say to yourself five years ago?

Take risks and trust in yourself.

What is your favorite movie/film that you’ve ever seen?

I don’t think I have a favorite, but one I keep thinking about is “Interstellar”, because it’s a movie that you need to watch many times to try and understand it. Each time is different in the way you think about time and space.

Who is your favorite non-mainstream artist and why?

El Seed is a calligraffiti artist that works in communites around the world making street art. I love his focus on being true to himself and making art for the reasons he wants. If he is not working in the streets, then he does not want to be an artist.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done for your art? Do you regret it?

I have been approaching strangers to ask questions and take photos for my Thesis, so that can be pretty weird. I don’t regret it as I think it makes me a stronger artist, but I have to work myself up to go out and talk to random people.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I would say women photographers that broke barriers in the field, like Margaret Bourke-White. She did amazing photojournalism throughout her career and definitely made a lasting change in the world of photography.

Do you think anything can be art? Explain

Yes, if there is creative content behind it. If Duchamp can enter a urinal into a show and it is still being talked about 100 years later, then anything can be art if it is explained the right way.

If you had to create a new crayon, what color and name would it be and why?

I would make a crayon the color of the Colorado Sky and call it Wide Open Spaces

What is your favorite location to go to in Denver?

Union Station is always fun, or a park.

Where is your hometown?

Monument, Colorado

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Besides taking photos, I enjoy spending time with friends and cooking.