Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Costello.
Emily, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a self-taught painter, printer, and mixed media artist. My art is inspired by my Mexican heritage, it’s cultural icons, imagery, and by events that have shaped my life. I left my corporate job as a Human Resources Director 10 years ago and since then I’ve created art full-time. I’m a native Arizonan, born and raised in Superior, Arizona. I currently live in south Phoenix, with my husband, son and two chihuahuas.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My paintings are strongly influenced by my grandmother, who encouraged me to create, and of the stories she passed onto me. Stories that not only give place and meaning to our existence but also on the experiences that we all share; issues of identity, humor, life, love, death, spirituality, dreams and memories. Inspired by Mexican folk artists who make art from the heart and with whatever materials they have at hand, my mixed media and assemblages are created with found objects that are reassembled, reimagined and recreated into a new life and meaning.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
In these challenging times, artists need to ask themselves if just doing art in the studio is enough. I believe we have an obligation, not only as artists, but as human beings to stand up to injustice, boycott the bad, and mentor the young.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’m the co-owner of Mucho Mas Studio, located in downtown Phoenix. My friends Kathy and Patrick Murillo and I create everything we have in the studio/shop. I also have art at Arte de la Vida in Tucson, Santisima Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque, and ChimMaya Gallery in Los Angeles. Right now, people can also see my art on “Lucha Loot” Arizona Lottery scratcher tickets. To see what and where I’m showing, I can be found on Instagram at emcostelloart and MuchoMasArtStudio, as well as Facebook: facebook.com/emily.costello1
- Address: Mucho Mas Art Studio
1736 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix (located inside Galeana 39)
Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11-4p
- Website: muchomasartstudio.com
- Instagram: emcostelloart
- Facebook: facebook.com/emily.costello1