Interview with Artist Adrian Davalos

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Adrian Davalos ’09 currently has a one-man show at the Kitao Gallery titled DisIntegration. Open hours for his show are Saturday from 3-5pm, Sunday from 12-2pm, and Monday from 4-6pm.

DG: How do you get a show at the Kitao Gallery?

I contacted the gallery over the summer. I wanted to see the progress of my work over time.

DG: Is there a theme to your work?

There is an underlying theme of integration into a society and figuring out your place in society. It’s about self-reflection and how we give and take from each other. It is mostly about self-reflexivity.

DG: What was your experience like in London last semester?

They gave me a studio space to do anything I wanted. Then there were a few seminars on painting, sculpture and media; however, there were no formal classes.

DG: Did being away for a semester affect your art?

In the beginning, I wanted to delve into what the city was about but towards the end, I thought about issues that were personal to me.

DG: When did you first consider being an artist for your career?

I always had an inclination towards visual things, but I didn’t consider being an artist until I got to Swarthmore.

DG: What is your favorite type of medium?

Printmaking and screen-printing. I’m drawn to it because of its graphic nature. I’m interested in mainstream media and how that effects everyone and the choices we make.

DG: Do you know what you want to do when you graduate from Swarthmore?

I’d like to do something in graphic design or advertising.