JAmusic: What has been
the most trying part in establishing your name as a graphic designer, illustrator
and creative in general?
Troydel: To be honest the most trying part is creating a portfolio that
was marketable for people to buy into. No one is willing to pay if you are not
of a certain standard of quality. So, I find myself practicing alot to build my
portfolio. Which is what it should be, if you are going to be great you have to
put in the work.
JAmusic: As a creative
individual, you have to be faithful to your own vision, to art and
self-expression. Have you ever been faced with a situation where your
artistic morality was challenged? If ever you were how would you handle
Troydel: In a way, yes and no. I have been in situations where I
have to do what is expected but that is where I separate my own work from
commission. As an artist, you must always make time for yourself. So yes,
I have been in that situation but that is where I create work that I am
emotionally attached to. That work is an extension of yourself and is
JAmusic: What is the
greatest lesson learnt from Edna Manley College of The Visual and Performing
Arts?Troydel: My greatest lesson learnt from Edna Manley is the lesson of
endurance. There is alot of drawbacks and disappointment at Edna Manley; it’s
the same with the real world. You learn how to be different but I think the
most valuable lesson is endurance because art is a process with no finish line.
JAmusic: There are
varying views depicting what makes a piece creative; for some it's important
that the artist have something to say. What do you try to say with your pieces?
Troydel: I leave my pieces for people to interpret. There are numerous
symbolisms in these work that are left for the viewers to see. Yes, there
is a meaning behind every work and no piece have the same meaning. My work is
very personal in meaning but if someone can see something else that they
can connect to the work then I do not see the need to create a manual
for each body of work as to how to interpret it.
JAmusic: Most recently I
was asked to describe your work and the first thought that came to mind was,
“making the inaccessible the accessible; reminding us that there are
things we don't know, and in that not knowing, we find strength.” Would
you say that’s an accurate description how you’d like your work to be
Troydel: I must say I love that response because I love to hear
people find their own meaning and interpretation from my artwork.
JAmusic: Your pieces
tend to carry a sense of poetry with its artistic direction. Do you see any
correlations with your art and poetry?
Troydel: In a way yes my artwork acts as an extension of my personal daily
experiences, what I see and how I perceive things.
JAmusic: What do you
think of the following quote: “Poetry makes sense of the parts of human
experience that are confusing and not decodable in any other way.”
Troydel: I believe that is true, poetry and art on a whole play a way of
appealing to emotions that are often hidden within people. It acts as
therapy or inspiration.
JAmusic: What is your
research process like, generally speaking?
Troydel: My research process stems from other creative materials, such as
music and movies to studying people on a whole.
JAmusic: What kind of
future plans have you set for yourself as an artist (to accomplish and
Troydel: I would not say I have a set plan I believe in living in the
moment because the future can always surprise you.
JAmusic: What's the
purpose on your artistic journey? What's the message you're trying to
Troydel: The purpose of my artistic journey is to inspire people
to go after their dreams. Alot of people will tell you your dreams
are impossible - it cannot be done - but you have to listen to your own
opinion because it’s the only opinion that matters. I want to
inspire the next generation of innovators to chase their dreams no matter
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