Meet Alicia Haberman, the artist behind the website and illustrations/graphics entitled SeductionKills. Alicia splits her time between LA and NYC, bicoastal creating and set designing, which are just two of Alicia’s passions. She has beautiful work and a killer ,diverse portfolio that consists of freelance free flowing illustrations ,website designs ,and campaign graphics. Culture Starved interviewed Alicia to try and get a glimpse of what goes on inside of that creative brain, as well as what it’s like being her. I’ll let her work speak for itself!
You say that SeductionKills refers to the “conquering power and lure of aesthetics.” Talk to me more about your platform.
What does that mean for you as an artist?
SeductionKills is based off the concept of the femme fetale, but the idea goes beyond women. A stunning or interesting visual can have the power to seduce you.
When you want to connect with someone else sometimes you don’t need words.
How would you describe your style to someone who’s never seen any of your work?
I still have such a tough time with this. I once saw a write up that described them as “a detailed kaleidoscopic mind trip of girly parts and vines”. I’ll take it.
Your illustration work seems to riff off of symmetry. How do you accomplish this effect as an artist?
I work pretty hard to maintain a balance in my life ,so that part probably comes naturally when I draw. Also maybe because I’m a Libra or a tad OCD.
Your use of the female body really jumped out at me. What inspires you about the female body?
Female bodies represent grace, power, and their curves can also make a piece more expressive. I kind of use them as illustrated performance artists.
I observed in your work that sometimes the female body parts contrast and morph into a bigger picture, reminding me of a form of dualism which is closely associated with being a female in this society. Is this your intention? And what aspects of duality do you feel women possess?
An impressive thing about women is that we can dually represent fragility and power.
What do you like to challenge about the images usually portrayed of women in art?
And what focus and stance do you take on being a female artist in this industry?
Well all women should realize that strength and confidence is something you earn by being vulnerable, not by hiding it.
In this industry…I actually think the exact same is true for men.
You’ve said before that your emotions directly relate to your work as an artist.
Has any of your work been created after a heartbreak?
Absolutely. My relationships are everything to me. I’m all in, so when they get complicated, messy, or end…it can really blow me apart. Many artist’s best work have been made after heartbreak.
Have you ever created something you absolutely hated but needed to make for therapeutic reasons?
If so what did it look like ,and what caused it to develop into existence? Did you ever show it to anyone?
Definitely. About 8 years ago, I made a book of poetry, collage and illustration surrounding a whirlwind relationship. It was as terrible/embarrassing as it was endearing/healing. Some of my closest friends have it and thankfully they’ve never judged too hard!
What would be an ideal project or creation for you?
(Something that you’ve never done before, but always had the idea in the back of your mind.)
I’d love to collaborate with a photographer and illustrate more with surrounding real people and their environments.
Where is your favorite spot to create in California?
How about New York?
I grew up at the beach, so even if I’m living in NYC, I’m helplessly drawn to the water.
There’s something so calming about it. In California it’s Venice Beach, and in NY it’s my home in Montauk.
How does each city individually inspire your work and/or manifests itself in your work?
What kind of vibes do the cities give that could reflect in your mood as an artist?
NYC serves you up new people and experiences by the minute, and California calms you down enough to process it.
I’m genuinely inspired by and love them both.
When was the moment that you decided you would a graphic artist/designer/illustrator?
During college I worked at a film production company and bartended at night. When it was a slow night I’d doodle for hours, and they became pretty intricate.
The trick has figuring out how to combine graphic and production design which are my two loves.
How did you go about making it happen, once you knew that’s what you wanted to do?
I transferred from Pace University, graduated in Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts and eventually in Production Design from Parsons the New School. Aside from that… I’ve worked with a ton of talented people, and sometimes for free. I’m just starting to feel the success from it, and I have a lot of people to thank.
Some artists sit down and make themselves sketch, or write, at the same time every day.
Do you have a daily creative routine?
If so, what does it consist of?
I try not to push too hard with a creative routine. Life is exciting and I know it will throw me new inspiration when I least expect it.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Indulging in new music is a huge part of my day to day. Classic rock, trap music, show tunes…haha literally anything but death metal and country.
How does an artist continue to reinvent themselves?
I know for myself I also feel reinvented when I meet and surround myself with unique, passionate people.
What are you “STARVED” for as it pertains to art?
For people who “haven’t had time” for their art to get after it already! They’re the ones who’s work is going to the be the most intense.
View more of Alicia Haberman’s SeductionKills illustrations & portfolio here : http://www.seductionkills.com/