ARTIST Q+A — Beka Hope and Krystal Opie (B OH K)
Beka - Mt Eden.
Krystal - Hamilton.
Tell us a bit about your collection?
These images are about the brightness of friendship that exists across time and space. Krystal shot a roll of film in the countryside where she lives, then I shot over the top of it in the city where I live.
We met at art school 10 years ago, but we’ve never lived in the same place since then. This was a way for us to make something together, but not together.
An ode to the long distance bestie. <3
Beka - I do photo, video, graphic design, illustration, and ceramics.
Krystal - I am a permaculture landscape designer and gardener, a community garden coordinator as well as a potter (ceramics), painter and I teach kids pottery classes.
Why do you create?
Beka - It’s the thing that makes me feel the most alive. I really believe in art, and despite the self doubt and imposter syndrome, I know I’ve got some good shit inside of me. I’m just here to learn how to put my ego to the side and let the good stuff out.
Krystal - I create because it’s where I find peace and joy. I feel like it’s in my blood, in my bones, I don’t think I can do anything else.
What inspires you?
Beka - The sky, every day of my life. Incredible use of colour! And movement and the cycles of life keep me awake to the potential that exists in everything - that inspires me.
Krystal - Nature is my biggest inspiration in all aspects of life. I like to pay attention to the smaller details that most people miss.
What frustrates you?
Beka - Going slow when I want to go fast. Going fast when I want to go slow.
Krystal - Seeing problems that I know the answer to but being unable to help or be heard.
How do you get over a creative block?
Beka - I think this is the beauty of multidisciplinary art for me - if I’m stuck in one discipline then I’ll spend some time on a different project, and then I can come back to the first with fresh eyes. Creativity begets creativity, so if there is just one thing I can get excited about and know how to move forward on… then I’m good.
Krystal - I’m in the same boat as Beka. Having multiple outlets really helps keep the flow going. I also go out into nature when I’m feeling stuck (in work and life) and try to just absorb it all. I also do creative writing prompts to get my brain flowing.
Beka - @chaufacetime for inspiring work using interesting mediums @catccohen for writing things that make me remember that life is weird and funny and cool and @naaytu for building something so beautiful and cool out of nothing.
Who are 2-3 people whose work is inspiring you at the moment?
Krystal - @yinshadowz @izzyjoyart @nikaugabrielle
Advice for anyone trying to make it in the creative industries?
Beka - If they tell you that you should work in a bank because it’s more reliable… don’t listen! You have to believe in your work and take it seriously but also hold it lightly and it’s really hard to do that. But if you want to bad enough you’ll figure it out!
Krystal - This world may not be set up for creative people to thrive, but that makes it even more important to pursue! Without our passion for creativity the world would be so tedious and dull. Be really persistent and talk to everyone you know about your passion, it’s usually who you know that gets you out there. Keep making your craft and remember that your value is not in your productivity.