These Beasts: Ross McEwen
1.) What’s your name?
2.) Where are you from?
3.) Where do you live?
4.) 3 reasons why your life in your city couldn’t happen anywhere else?
1. Friends - I recently moved back to Wichita from Minneapolis and the group of musician friends I was able to reconnect with have been a massive inspiration in this endeavor, and in my life in general. I was sad to leave all my Minneapolis homies, but am extremely fortunate for my group of friends in Wichita.
2. Family - I've been playing music since I was a kid and my parents and siblings have always been extremely supportive. When I started doing collages just this past year their support and enthusiasm definitely helped me keep at it.
3. Seclusion - Wichita is kind of in the middle of nowhere, so we have our own style and own way of doing things. When I was growing up here the support on music and art wasn't nearly as solid as it is now. There are a lot of serious musicians and artists making a living and creating great art here. It's inspiring to see people in a place like Wichita do what they love and make a living off of it.
5.) What kind of work do you do?
I work as a Project Manager for an IT company
6.) What keeps you inspired?
My inspirations spur from many things- Other artists on IG, music, world events, being out in nature, I would say natural beauty is one of my biggest inspirations it doesn't necessarily come across in my work but I'm constantly inspired by nature and our habitat.
7.) Where do you work? Describe it to me as if I’m a person who recently went blind, and you’re giving me a tour of all the details.
My work room used to be a guest bedroom. It's actually a pretty bland, basic room in terms of color/decorations. Light grey walls with some family photos, and a rug that really ties the room together. I like to think that I bring the color and decorations into the room when I'm creating. I have a little antique desk with selections from my collection surrounding me.
8.) What is 1 challenge that has defined you for at least one chapter of your life?
Up until about a year ago I constantly plagued myself with self-doubt. I was producing a couple records and making video art and really enjoyed it but couldn't get past the self-doubt. I had many mentors consistently talking me down off the proverbial ledge of self-doubt. It wasn't until I had released the albums, and the music videos that I really realized how pointless self-doubt is. I'd spent all this time worrying about this and that, when in the end it didn't matter at all. I let my self-doubt delay timelines, make excuses, etc. I think it's certainly a stage any and all artist have to go through, I'm just glad I'm on the other side of it at this point. My mindfulness practice of meditation has certainly helped curb any self-doubt and other meaningless self inflicted pangs. To any artist reading this now: stop doubting yourself. Grow and learn in your craft, create and be proud of the art you put out into the world. Love yourself and others around you!
9.) What are some of your favorite snacks, and do you eat them while you work?
Well being from Kansas the stereotypical answer to this question would be something like Larry the Cable Guy chips are my favorite snack. Yes I do eat them while I work, if one looks close enough at my work they can find biscuits and gravy chip remnants in most if not all my pieces. Honestly, here lately I have been a fiend for gelato, there are only a couple legit gelato places in Wichita and It's not a regular thing, plus the whole melting factor isn't really conducive to eating whilst creating.
In all honestly though I've never been a really big snacker, I'm usually just laying low snacking on music and water while I work.
10.) If you had the power to be extremely persuasive, and you were invited to a presidential dinner, what kind of food allergy would you persuade everyone to believe you had, and why?
I would persuade ol D Trump that I was allergic to ketchup. I would then be seen as inferior or weak and be banished from the table. End game is I would go on a hunt for B Trump because everyone knows he's the real MVP. I'd hang and play video games with lil B' maybe get some wardrobe tips or new clothing designs for Fall 2018.