Today we’d like to introduce you to Miles Graci.
Miles, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Well, let’s see. I guess it all started on that cold October day in 1975. 🙂
I was born in and raised in Phoenix! I always enjoyed drawing as a young child and won awards in elementary school. I used to tinker around with stuff around the house and loved working with my hands. I’m not sure how many things I took apart and never put back together, but such is the life of a great artist. Ha!
I always had a deep love for music. My first concert was Billy Joel at age 8 or so. Riding around in the car with my mom (Front seat, no seat belt, standing up!) I would love blasting the music and cruising around, eager to switch the eight-track tape over when it was time. Little did I know I was building an affinity for cars and music at a very early age.
By high school, I picked up a guitar and played music with friends in bands. I also fell in love with fast cars, especially the Ford Mustang. Now I could ‘tinker’ again. 🙂 Being a very independent person I learned to fix and modify my own cars through the years. Working with my hands has always brought me a deep satisfaction.
Fast forward years later….One day one of the lights outside my house stopped working. I went to home depot to get a replacement and realized I hated them all! Hahaha So I decided I would build my own light. I went to my shop and found what random steel I had and got my welder ready. Then I made another outside light on my house. Then I made myself new kitchen lights, and then I…….well you get the point. And so my love for making lamps and lights was born!
I have made so many different custom lights and lamps for friends, family and local business. I love a new challenge and seeing peoples faces when I show them a new design!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I design, create and build custom lights and lamps and other steel art. The question of ‘why’ is best explained like this: It’s not that I choose to create, it’s that creating chose me! It seems I don’t really have a choice in the matter. Ha! I just love to create things and use my hands. It’s very cool how you can dream something up in your mind, draw it out on paper in 2 dimensions and finally bring it into reality in the physical 3D world. Humans truly are creators!
My inspirations come from so many things. My life experiences, the people I’ve met and my lessons learned. I’ve always been drawn to a more rustic and industrial style and I try and show that in my lamps. Whether it’s a custom sunflower lamp or a custom branded in-door desktop lamp I always try and bring a little industrial/raw metal/rusted look to even the most high end of builds.
Humans are drawn to light. From candles to colored LED’s. The way light reflects off of things and glows behind others, there is always a warm comforting feeling when surrounded by various forms of light.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Well, this is a tough one for all artists. My best advice would be to follow your passions but balance those with your responsibilities. Second, try and find a way to create another line of income outside of your day job, to fund your art. For me, it is working on cars. I can make extra money to help fund my artistic passions!
As an independent musician and artist, it can be a daunting task to do everything yourself. The creation and funding of your art, the promotion and selling of it, the networking and marketing, showing support for other artists…It is a full-time job on top of your full-time job. Which is why as long as you are following your passions, in the end, the money you either make or don’t make should not have any real effect on your ‘success’. Just hearing people tell me they love my lamps, or even better they want me to make them one – That is the ultimate currency to a true artist. Yes, I realize you may still be starving but come on stop being so picky! 🙂
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 have an upcoming show being put on by Raw Artists. The show is called ‘Impact’ and it will be at The Pressroom on May 9th @ 7 pm. I will have a booth showcasing a large variety of my custom lamps. I am actually building two secret custom lamps right now and will be unveiling them at this show! I’m very excited! I will also be showing some of my other steel art so it should be a great time! I’m looking forward to meeting all of the other talented artists as well. Please come down and support local artist!
I also have a website www.ipseitymusicandart.com – You can see my artwork here and listen to my music. You can contact me there for any inquiries about custom lamps. 🙂
- Website: www.ipseitymusicandart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ipseitymusicandart
All Image credits go to IpseityMusicandArt. 🙂