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Get to know Marlos E'van...

Welcome back to our continued series, ONLINE → IN HOME.  This week, we feature Nashville based Artist, Marlos E'van.  We asked some questions to learn more about them and how the current state of the world has affected their life.  Marlos lights up any room they walk into and always has a crew around.  We have been thrilled to have Marlos as a part of the Red Arrow family for nearly a year and look forward to watching where their artwork and star goes.  Get to know Marlos E'van... Red Arrow: We had our first show together this past September and it was a huge success- what are your takeaways as it relates to working with a gallery? MARLOS:  That was one of my favorite shows that I’ve done actually. Up to the point of signing with Red Arrow, I had produced all of my own shows mostly with help from my friends. Working with you guys showed me how to trust the process and welcome suggestions on the placement of each piece without having to fully control everything. Another takeaway was understanding that yall have my best interest in mind when it comes to my career & wellbeing; & that you all put in just as much energy and time into cultivating relationships on my behalf with collectors and audiences. All of these elements made me feel right at home from the moment I signed! Red Arrow:  Please share a brief description of how you approach a new piece, do you sketch ideas first? MARLOS:  Sometimes I make a sketch but most of the time it’s intuitive. I hear things in conversation that interest me or see something on the news or viral video websites that spark up an idea. Other times I pull from personal experiences or stories that either I have gone thru or people I know have gone thru or shared with me. To some degree, pulling from intuition acts as a chess match between me and my work and allows me to make new discoveries. Keeps it fun/interesting for me. Red Arrow: You usually have multiple projects going on, please tell us about the T-Shirts any other projects or collaborations you’re now working on…. MARLOS:  True True...Well, the T-shirt project is a collab between me and the foundation Yeah! who created the Rock Camp in Nashville. I was thinking one day during quarantine about things I could do to generate income since a lot of the commissions I had on the table pre-Covid19 were put on pause & immediately thought of doing exclusive hand painted shirts. I reached out to Yeah! Because I wanted to share this with a foundation that was close to me and could help lift us both up during these unsure times. We’re doing a 50/50 split on all shirt sold and we have over 30 that will be available on their website soon. My community cookbook, which was funded by Metro Arts Commission is about to come out very very soon too. Stay tuned! Red Arrow:  How has the quarantine affected you personally?  Has this affected your practice?  MARLOS:  I feel like the quarantine forced me deeper into isolation which helped me focus more on the work and my inner self (all positives). I feel that it mostly affected my practice in positive ways aside from not being able to film movies with other people & the postponed shows and opportunities. Other than that, I was able to move around a bit and focus on making clothes for a while whcih was a nice break for a moment. Before quarantine, I had finished about 20+ paintings from Jan-Feb 2020 so I def needed a lil break but who knew it would come like this. Oh, Im back painting now tho! Red Arrow:  What is the first thing you want to do or place you want to go when this all levels out? MARLOS: Hmm, I want to kiss, hug, travel, and do a couple shows; group or solo! I also want to meet more people all around the world. I’m ready to fly again! Red Arrow:  What do you listen to in the studio? MARLOS:  Good question...I listen to so much. From Miles Davis to new age rap like Pop Smoke and Lil Uzi. I’m really into Goth, Electronic, New Wave, Jazz, R&B, New Jack Swing, the list could go on and on. Don Toliver is one of my favorite artists at the moment tho. I def think his new stuff is album of the year so far. Been listening to Travis Scott and Drake a lot too, oh and Young Thugg, Lil Keed/Lil Gotit. Sometimes I listen to podcasts and lectures too. Derek Fordjour sent some good art talks my way. Can't forget about Velvet Castlez either. Red Arrow:  What does a typical day for you look like these day? MARLOS:  Hmm, wake up around 5:30 am, go for a walk/run, shower (optional), then go to the studio and vibe out/make stuff. Somewhere in there I go see Isaac and Courtney and another close friend of mine and laugh/ eat with them. I find myself meditating at a lake more these days, almost everyday. I usually get a lot of calls from family and friends throughout the day! I’m a master class Twitter user too so I surf the internet a lot.  Red Arrow:  What is one word or thought that you would like folks to know or reflect on to feel better, during this time? MARLOS:  Hope, Laughter, Community, Tribes, Love, and Unity is still here and will return soon enuf. It’s so important for us to stay focused on these ideas and nurture them. Don't stop watering the garden just because you haven't seen the leaves yet. They're coming soon.