We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Alonso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, what role has risk played in your life or career?
As it relates to my artistic practice, risk-taking is not a choice, but rather a necessity. When I first started making art, I avoided taking risks out of fear that I would fail, fear of rejection. But eventually, I realized that without risk there is no chance of success, either, and that’s when I started to relentlessly pursue my own unique vision.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Assuming this is post-COVID, I would take my friend to Lupita Chapultepec for the best margaritas and chips and salsa. Of course I’d take them to the Menil, Rothko Chapel, MFAH and the CAMH, and The Orange Show. I’d take them to get some vegan BBQ at Houston Sauce Pit, Indian food at Bombay Sweets on Hillcroft, and also Blue Nile for the best Ethiopian food in Houston. I’m not a bar type, but I’d take them to Big Star in a heartbeat. I have lived in Houston most of my life, so I could go on and on—this city has so many cool places and people, and by far the best food in the country. And the best art, of course!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people in my life who deserve credit for supporting me in my artistic endeavors, but I’d like give a shoutout to Jonathan Paul Jackson in particular. Jonathan is an incredibly talented mutl-disciplinary artist with a strong vision. I consider him not only as a friend and mentor, but as an inspiration. I encourage your readers to follow @j.paul_jackson on Instagram—you won’t be disappointed!
Stephanie Gobea, Andrew Goodrich