Behind the Canvas: Squashua
Behind the Canvas: Squashua
Today we are coming with another interview from Behind the Canvas - artist spotlight series - Squashua. Previously, we had the opportunity to interview Netanel Cohen, SkullTakes and Pixelado!
Please let us know your thoughts on the series and who you'd like to see next! If you're a Cardano artist interested in being featured, don't hesitate to contact us on X (Twitter).
Where you can find Squashua?
1. Can you introduce yourself and share a bit about your background as an artist?
Hallo! My name is Joshua Squashua, I'm an artist! I grew up in Oxford, UK - I studied animation at uni, and went on to do street caricature for years, before entering the Cardano NFT scene.
2. How would you describe your artistic style and the themes you explore in your work?
A big mash up of graffiti/animation/caricature/life drawing! I think the theme that runs through my work most would be playfulness, I'm basically just a little troll.
3. How did you decide you are going to create NFTs on Cardano?
I met a Cardano influencer randomly on the streets!
4. Can you walk us through your creative process, from conceptualizing an artwork to minting it as an NFT?
- make a spliff, coffee
- scribble aimlessly until an idea appears
- make NFT
- tweet about it
5. What unique opportunities or advantages do you find in creating and selling NFTs on Cardano as an artist?
NFTs are such a unique way for artists to create. The collection and the community itself become part of the art, and a reflection of the values in it. Theres so much potential for innovation, and it's exciting to be part of a scene that is still defining itself.
6. Are there any specific challenges you've faced as an artist in the Cardano ecosystem, and how have you overcome them?
The biggest thing is the bullshit. People chat sh*t all day long, and figuring out their motives is confusing to a beginner. For me, the most helpful thing was figuring out a few accounts run by decent people, and taking their lead on things.
7. Could you share some of your most significant achievements or what in NFTs brought you the biggest feeling of accomplishment?
Awh my biggest accomplishment is the Wavy Ape collection. I'm super proud of the work and dedication I've put into that, and it's ongoing. I really love the challenge of running the project, it's so fun.
8. You are known for creating original concepts such as the 'Wavy Fight Club' or the 'Lil Cardano,' which effectively bring together multiple projects in a fun way via art. How important do you see collaboration between artists and projects?
My advice to any artist in this scene is to explore the various communities, and don't be shy of a little fan-art. It's a great way to increase your engagement and meet people. I see this space as a big research laboratory, it's great to try out new ideas!
But I don't think its the most important thing, it's possible to succeed here on whatever terms, with the right attitude.
9. Are there any upcoming projects or collaborations that we can look forward to?
Aha, you've mentioned one already. I'm loving the Wavy Fight Club! We also have some mysterious islands on the way, as well as a computer game and lots of other maaaaaad sh*t. And collabs in fact, but I better keep them to myself for now.
10. What advice would you give to fellow artists who are interested in exploring NFTs and integrating blockchain technology into their artistic practice?
F*ck reality, f*ck causality. Mysticism and self belief are underrated.