The Lady Artist We’re Crushing on Now

by:   |   Aug 15 2014

Lately, we’ve been crazy for Cassidy Limbach, an illustrator/Tumblr sensation who focuses on naked ladies, animals, and various forms of creepiness. So we sat her down on the Internet and asked her all the ish we wanted to know.

 

Where do you live, and how old are you?

Downtown Columbus, OH. I’m 29.

 

How long have you been illustrating?

I studied Fine Art at Columbus College of Art and Design with a heavy focus in painting. When I started making work out of my studio space at home, I quickly realized I didn’t have the room to paint the giant canvases I’d been accustomed to in college. I guess I was forced to take on a smaller projectthat was roughly five years ago.

How’d you get started in the art world? 

Four years ago to the month ago, I launched my personal blog on Tumblr. I had presented my senior thesis show at CCAD and had a lot of work sitting around, so a friend of mine encouraged me to put it online. I felt like the blog helped me progress as an artist and over time, it defined my style. I started a series that received a lot of attention in the Tumblr world, which ended up catching the eye of someone that worked for Juxtapoz magazine. As an art-school student, that was a big deal. I started getting a lot of emails after the Juxtapoz write-up: people wanting to collaborate, different magazines wanting to publish my work. It was and continues to be very humbling and very exciting.

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Do you have any family members who are artists?

My mom is a culinary genius and wine aficionado who always has delicious magic brewing in her kitchen. She studied graphic design and always had perfectly rendered type projects on her art desk.  I grew up admiring her “DESIGN” marker collection and her ability to encourage the creativity in all of us. My grandmother, “Nana,” is also a painter who modestly hides her beautiful oil paintings in the depths of the basement.

 

What are the themes you tend to gravitate towards? 

The juxtaposition between nature and artificiality is the main theme in my work. I’m attracted to the push and pull of raw emotion, freedom, and how we view femininity—that’s why I concentrate on animals, bone, and floral elements contrasting with plasticized-tackiness and frivolity.

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Your color palettes are lovely! Do you work with color digitally, or by hand? 

In my recent work, I’ve added color digitally. I have a plethora of strictly black-ink illustrations that I admire for this reason. A few years ago, when I was creating large-scale paintings, I’d coat thick, plastic color all over the piece until it dripped gooey rainbows, and I loved it. But I feel like my work has matured since then.

 

What’s your top time-travel destination? 

I feel a connection with the ’70s: the music and psychedelic illustration movement from that time continues to inspire me. People seemed to have the passion and ability to free themselves from a lot of the chaos and commercialism that’s hard to escape in contemporary society.

Who are your ultimate female icons? 

Bjork, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Frida Kahlo, and Stef from Oh So Lovely Vintage, just to name a handful.

 

What’s your favorite rainy-day activity? 

Nasty weather is always my excuse to camp out in the art room and draw.

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