Antonio Eduardo Lagunas Menez – Mixed Media Artist
Antonio Eduardo Lagunas Menez is a mixed media artist, a performance artist and lives near Mexico City, Edomex in Toluca de Lerdo.
He studied Plastic arts, has a diploma in photography and speaks English, I met Eduardo over 2 years ago on Instagram we have chatted, swapped ideas and even though we haven’t met in person we have a very close connection.
His work is full of emotion, it has a hardness almost as if smashing plastic or metal with a hammer, yet at the same time it is very soft, natural and I would go so far as to say it has an ethereal beauty.
Here is how are conversation went.
How and where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration in all kinds of nature. I appreciate the beauty in the organic and the mechanical spaces
How did you start to work in the creative industry?
I started as a freelance artist helping my clients to reach there imagined ideas, creating images for them. Over time, I learned more than I could imagine about business and for myself what it means to be an artist.
What was your first job?
My first job was for free, I mean I didn’t receive any kind of payment. The job was pretty simple. I was helping a local artist to create a beautiful mural in my hometown and the real payment was that I learned a lot of stuff about the art and painting techniques.
How have you developed your career?
Until now, I did a few publications in Mexico. And outside the country, I did record covers for some musicians, a lot of photo shoots, and I show my work in local art exhibitions.
What do you aim to say with your work?
I like to show the unusual aspects in our everyday lives. I admire any kind of aesthetics in the ordinary. Beauty is all around us, but sometimes we do not know how to look at it.
Describe your creative process.
It depends on the project or what I’m producing at the moment. I usually look for information and research on a subject and put in my head a mental image of what I’m looking for. But the truth is that I never get what I want. I find more interesting the process and the mistakes that bring me closer to my goal.
How would you define your style?
I really believe that what makes my production interesting is that I am not looking for a particular visual aesthetic. It is always changing, evolving, and sometimes I put myself into very difficult or demanding situations, which I know in the end will be worth it.
What are the qualities that define an artist?
Art is language which manifests in so many different ways. We perceive that language and create a visual image in our minds. That’s why we feel something when we see or hear any kind of art. An artist’s goal is simple, to make you feel something. It doesn’t matter if it repulses, if you hate or love it, or if the artist can make you feel something, his work is done.
Paint a picture of where you live/describe it
It is a place where sometimes it is very cold and other days it is so hot that you just want to throw yourself on the floor naked. It is a place where you can go for a walk through the woods, stop and smell the flowers.
What is your favourite era of design?
I really like the Russian Constructivism. This aesthetic in particular proposes a completely new vision that had not been explored before. It’s all about the simplicity that makes it unique. It is a strong and powerful tool for design.
Who has been the most inspirational person for you?
In my life my parents, because they support me whatever I decide to create. In the artistic scene, every artist that is true to himself and for his work, but in particular Egon Schiele and Richard Avedon.
What’s the project you are working on right now that you feel most passionately about?
Right now, I am working on a series of performances. It is hard to explore this particular art because it is very difficult to create an artistic piece using my body and for that project. I have some friends who are masters in dance. They are helping me understand everything that implies. It is not ready yet and it may take me several years to complete. I really want to push myself to the limits of what I can do, and also do it with the respect that it deserves.
Describe your typical daily routine.
I try to do different things every day. Maybe I’ll go to the same places but I always change my route, visit different friends, or go out to eat in new places. I do not have a routine. It kills me. I love the unexpected and the joy of discovering new things.
What project of yours has inspired you the most?
I’m working on a portrait photography project for several months and I love it because I get to meet different people and personally it has helped me with my social skills and also with my confidence. I love the way I can connect with people.
How do you try to stay healthy, mentally and physically?
Every day, I ride my bike for at least 2 hours, or walk my dogs in the park. My psychologist recommended me to exercise constantly to keep my head occupied. I prefer that than medication against my anxiety and depression. Mental health is important and there is always a healthy way to deal with it and not depend on pills.
What’s your favourite film?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by David Fincher and recently Melancholia by Lars Von Trier but also I love animations films like Spirited Away or Akira.
Do you have a favourite quote that you try to live by?
“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see”. Alice in Wonderland
Is there anything in your career that you regret not doing?/regret doing?
I do not regret, I learn.
What makes you nervous?
Falling in love.
Who is the nicest person you have worked with?
Everyone I work and collaborate with. We are artists. We understand one another.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
At this moment, I’m saving money I earn from photo shoots and small jobs for an Art Gallery I own. It’s still in the process of being renovated. In 20 years’ time, I see myself working in my own studio, making huge projects with many people, having art shows nationally and internationally sharing my art.
Do you dream?
Yes, sometimes way too much. I love it. In that parallel dimension I can control and feel the impossible.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Arca – Manners
Eduardo ‘s Instagram @_vmp.vmp