aka Aja Leatherwood

AGE: 15 

BiRTHPLACE: Cleveland , Ohio

featured in ARTiST’s EDiTiON ’19


Q: When did you know you wanted to pursue artistry?

A: It seems that since birth, I have had a keen sense for art. I have always been interested in intricate patterns and sounds. Many of my teachers reached out to me and suggested that I played a instrument and participate in school plays. After learning to play several instruments and becoming a official member of a thespian society, I looked towards traditional paper and pencil drawings. Since then, I’ve switched over to graphic design and I’m currently branching off into video editing.

Q: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

A: My biggest inspiration would be my experiences in life and the exploration of my own mind. My art is a display of my twisted fantasies.

Q: How have you grown in your artwork in recent years?

A: Over the years, I’ve been able to express myself more clearly. Years ago, I was afraid to showcase my work and actually bring my ideas to life. 

Q: What childhood memory or artifact influenced you most to date?

A: A few years back, I had lost all hope for myself. Nothing motivated me to keep on living. I felt pointless and decided that I wanted to take my life. After an attempted overdose I was placed in a mental health clinic and was put on a medication that made things worse. Through all the pain and my days as a inpatient, I would sketch and draw. Art not only became a coping method, but I realized my passion.

Q: How much weight do you put on perception of audience?

A: When I create artwork, my main goal is to strike a reaction. I feel that it is my job as an artist is to visually communicate with my audience and let them interpret my art for themselves.

Q: What specific culture or period of time do you identify with most in your art?

A: I don’t necessarily identify my art to any specific culture or time period, because each of my pieces are pretty distinct from one another and don’t generally follow the same theme.

Q: Where do you feel most comfortable creating?

A: I feel most comfortable creating in my room usually at the peak of night. I tend to concentrate better at that time.


Q: What do you think is most important to an artist’s progression?

A: I believe the most important part of an artist’s progression is that they learn their own style and are able to express themselves through their art form.

Q: Describe your style of artwork in 3 textures or fabrics.

A: If my artwork was interpreted as fabrics it would be a childlike quilt, black leather,and flannel. Although these patterns are very different from each other they can be interpreted in different ways. Quilts can be seen as innocent, but they are also seen as spooky depending on the context. The way you style a leather jacket or a flannel can change your look from All American girl to punk or grunge; it all depends on how you chose to use it. 

Q: Is it important for artists to explain their art?

A: I believe a artist shouldn’t have to explain their art for the pieces should speak for themselves. 

Q: What can be the biggest hindrance to your creativity?

A: My biggest hindrances to my creativity are constantly having to work on other projects, school, and lack of motivation.

Q: Do you stick to one project at once, or work on multiple at a time?

A: I often work on 2 projects at the same time.

Q: What is something you art the most proud of concerning your artwork? 

 A: I am proud that I’ve inspired other artists throughout the country. I never thought that I could truly make a impact, and this is only the beginning of my journey.


Q: If your journey had a movie, what would it be called?

A: If my journey was a movie, it would be called”My Colorful Life,” because my life is constantly changing and there’s truly never a dull moment.

Q: Do you feel energy has an impact on your creativity and your artwork?

A: I feel that my energy has greatly impacted my creativity and my artwork. I’m often busy, and it’s become harder and harder to find time to create a new piece.