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Every month, the Palmer Arts Council features and celebrates a different artist in our community!

Featured Artist March 2024
Nadia Rausa

Nadia Rausa is a half-Korean artist and author living on Dena’ina land in Alaska. Her work has been described as haunting and ethereal, something she wholeheartedly embraces during her creative process. From ghostly or apathetic figures to creatures overtaken by nature, Nadia’s work focuses on intertwining the reality and liminality of life and death. She has been included in various gallery shows and publications since 2017 and has released seven self-published works as of 2023. Nadia is also the co-founder and creative director of One to a Thousand, an inclusive community and small press. Outside of creating, she feels like an exhausted ghost, but enjoys being in nature, gaming, reading, and spending time with her partner and their sassy tabby cat named Tabby. Nadia hopes to open a gallery one day, and aspires to utilize her love of curation to uplift fellow creatives. 

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Why the arts?

Art has always been a strong presence in my life. Both of my parents are artistic and creative, and I, thankfully, grew up with a lot of encouragement to be creative in various ways. From drawing to writing, photography to filmmaking, and more tactile mediums like sculpting or bookbinding, I've had a wide array of opportunities to be creative throughout my life. Whatever the medium, my work has always been a bit "dark," or even spooky, and I think I have R.L. Stine, the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, and Korean horror movies I'd watch with my 엄마 (mom) to thank for that. Something I find a great honor is that my work has been described by many as haunting and ethereal. Those descriptors weren't necessarily ones I was seeking, but for me, as a horror and fantasy story lover, it's really incredible to know that so many people from all over this planet, over the span of many years, get the sense of a dark, otherworldly feeling when viewing my work. It makes me feel like I have a chance of making others feel like I did (and still do) when reading my favorite horror books or watching Lord of the Rings.

What is your creative process?

My creative process is what some might call chaos. I create either when I have an upcoming deadline, or when my brain has decided to find a new hyperfixation. Whatever the reason for sitting down at my desk, aside from the sometimes stressful struggles with time management or the odd feeling that I've "forgotten" how to do art in my own style, I find the ability to play and switch up my process freeing. I'm often reminded that the more I allow myself to simply create without overthinking, that is when my best work happens. My ideas often start from dreams, Korean culture, a good horror story, or the many wonders of nature (something my dad really helped foster within me from a young age). Once an idea hits my brain, I start by thumbnailing and conceptualizing, gathering basic tools and paper/clay/material, and then attempting to create whatever was simply a concept into something tangible and real. It doesn't always go smoothly, but it's always an adventure! I think it's a common experience of artists, and creators in general, to go through many steps during the creation process, one that entails going from excitement to dread, back to excitement, until you end up with something no one else could have created in exactly the same way. That probably sounds a little cheesy, but it's true—plenty of us can make similar concepts or ideas happen, but only you can make what you do, and it's this that helps me keep going even when I'm feeling discouraged. If I'm feeling burnt out, my creative process looks more like reading books, getting out in nature, playing games, or anything that helps me reconnect to that source of creativity and inspiration. Sometimes all we need is a break to be able to come back to our creativity again.

"The Dragon's Ballad of Justice" by Nadia Rausa - $342

Why the Valley?

The Mat-Su Valley has been my home for nearly 20 years. Although I must admit I often dream of moving away, the Valley is where I have met my favorite people, grown from a child to a confused teenager to a still-sometimes-confused-but-more-certain adult, and found a beautiful community of diverse creatives. It's where I learned to be the person and artist I am today, and for that I’m grateful. Much of my artistic community is online, with friends and communities spanning from the Lower 48 to Germany to Australia to Korea, but I have a tendency to allow my social anxiety to get the best of me in local settings. This is something I am trying to work through as I absolutely find local communities important, and have been attending events like open mic nights at Black Birch Books and 203 Kombucha when I can muster the energy. I would love to branch out and show in local galleries again, especially if someone is ever looking to display some art on the perhaps spooky- and ethereal-side (*wink wink*).

 "Witness" by Nadia Rausa - Pricing info at WOWxWOW

Where can we see your work this year?

My work can be seen across various platforms this year! I have a few upcoming online shows with WOWxWOW, Bad Apple Artist Collective, Every Day Original, and Inverarity Gallery, plus some artist collabs with the amazing folks at The Washi Station. I also have a project that will be available worldwide and has something to do with books, but I'm unable to speak about it yet. This project is one that has been on my goal list for years, so as soon as I'm able to share more, I definitely will! Be sure to keep an eye out on my socials for more updates @nadiarausa, and don't be afraid to say hi!

"Eternal - 영원한" by Nadia Rausa - $295

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