We had the good fortune of connecting with Trinity Barriere and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trinity, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Giving up was never an option in my family. My dad would say it’s never “I can’t” but “how can I”. I’ve adapted that framework to my entire art practice, Seeing that most of the projects I take on are one of a kind, there’s always an aspect of uncertainty to everything, but “how can I” is always my first step to solving the problems. The moments when I do grow tired of a project are normally the moments where something truly special begins to happen, it’s kind of like a cliffhanger. The moment when you can’t exactly see how to make it through a specific phase the magic happens and the artist takes over. An old professor of mine once told me a story about ancient artists and dancers. They believed that artists of all kinds would create just to experience this special moment when everything aligned perfectly, as if God began to create through them. After being a professional artist for a few years now believe i’ve experienced this moment. I do have a talent but it’s not always easy going. I continue to work for those special moments when everything aligns and I get to be a vessel. So as I said in the beginning there is no “give up” no “I can’t”, perseverance brings the beautiful moments. You can’t enjoy the flowers without the rain.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a multimedia artist focused on 3d creations. For a more concise description, I’d say I’m a sculptor. I specialize in large scale sculptures and installations, but recently I have extended my work to set design as well. The pieces I am proudest of are The Nest and Topside, The Nest was my first installation that felt all encompassing. It was entirely made of woven and tied yarn that moved through the room the way vines would. Inside of a decaying classroom the natural colored yarn mimicked the feeling of the earth reclaiming its territory. Topside was originally created as a commission for an artist’s album cover. It’s one of my best pieces to date, being that it is a half globe that’s 4ft tall and 6ft wide. It is also structurally sound enough to stand on. This piece combines my love for wood working, large scale art, and still has a painters touches on the outer shell. I’d like to say finding the path to this skill set wasn’t easy, but i think this path found me. I just had to be patient. After switching my major in college quite a few times, I fell into a 3d art class and found my niche. Since then the opportunities have continued to present themselves as i continued to press forward. No it hasn’t been a walk in the park, but I do it like I do everything else, one day at a time. The greatest lesson I’ve learned while being a freelance artist is to trust myself and persevere. Initially i was taken back by the trust and confidence my clients had in me, but I had to learn to have that same trust and confidence in myself, then everything flowed. Knowing that they were investing in me and my vision, trust that statement bring yourself to the table and that’s enough. Perseverance was the biggest lesson, to push through the dry spells, the artist blocks, and the self-doubt. Just keep moving, keep creating. Newton’s law holds true to artist just as it does everything else, an object in motion stays in motion and an object in rest stays at rest. So keep moving, if you rest remember the love for the art and let that jolt you back into action.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would visit all of the most popular destinations during the week preferably in the middle of the work day to avoid the rush of the weekend. Food is definitely a main attraction, for breakfast we’d definitely hit Bearcat, Surreys and Nola Caye. Lunch would have a little more variety, crawfish from Castnets, oysters from Acme, Taco Tuesday at Rum House, Pasta from New Orleans Food and Spirit, and authentic Jamaican cuisine from 14 Parishes. For Dinner I’d let her pick because New Orleans has some of the best food in the world. I’d also take her to visit NOMA’s Sculpture garden and art museum. For entertainment, we’d browse Frenchman St. at night, visit rooftop bars and generally walk around the city to fully experience the culture in full effect.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Here’s a special shoutout to my parents. They continue to push me to be more and work for everything I want. They believed in me even before I knew what I wanted to do with my life. They both are an integral part of my process. My dad is my #1 assistant! He helps me with just about every project I build, from the physical aspect of it to the idea phase, he’s there for it all. My mom helps me keep the business side together, teaching me about invoices and contracts. She also keeps me sane, helping me keep a calm head when i’m stressed or researching anything that can help and she just about always finds something. So I appreciate yall and love yall so much!! I wouldn’t where I am today without yall.
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