We had the good fortune of connecting with Elisabeth Sloan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elisabeth, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
When it comes to legacy, the importance of perpetual life-time recognition holds an interesting source of value to me. For my family legacy, I want to be remembered hundreds of years after my own life for doing my upmost best to establish my line with integrity, warm-heartedness, a comfortable life while maintaining the vigorous capability to succeed in all circumstances. I can only supply them with this by attributing these qualities into my every day, specifically with how I work with others and how I believe in my ability to bring my ideas and dreams into full fruition. For them to recognize and be inspired by the strength of kindness and the power of will is all I could ask for. For the public, a long-lasting legacy isn’t as pressing a matter, yet I wouldn’t discount its value if it can provide empowerment. I would want them to remember my conscious choice in communication residing in respect for others and kindness, of my movement in the world. Yes, my physical movement. The conscious decision to move my body in a way of grace, a tempo and a voice that puts others at ease and gives them space for their own authenticity to be welcome so that real creativity and the power of the present moment can build into something worth making a future out of, no matter how small a moment it may seem. I’d like them to feel the force that comes from my wonder and curiosity; and how these two together make an undeniable team for the imagination to make something worth experiencing. Memory is a very strange mirror, as the light reflected is never exactly the same every time it’s looked into; yet the power influenced by the looker is a never-ending source. If I can contribute these qualities mentioned into the perceivers, to look upon themselves and others with kindness, empowerment, and the belief of their will, then my name or personal achievements can be lost forever with no complaint from me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a Creator with over 20+ years experience in live Musical Theatre, 15+ years as a Musician, 8+ years as a writer, 18+ years professional artist, I am enamored by History and the power of Phenomenology. As I continue to research and explore myself, I realize that Imagination and time have more in common than I would have figured even 5 years ago. The creative process can be difficult at times but is always worth the effort in the end result, as the process is as infinite as the dance between matter and anti-matter itself. This infinite capacity is what excites me the most. Because of this, I’ve learned not to take anything TOO seriously, but still hold myself accountable for what creations I bring into the world. I also learned that ultimately I create for myself and how the process is a portal from myself to other versions of myself. Of course it feels amazing when others support your personal-portal-hopping because it inspires them as well, but I had to obliterate the idea that my creations were for others, as if they asked for it. I’d want the world to get an idea of how I see the world in the daily: Here I am: a collection of subatomic particles, photons, electromagnetic forces, heat, blood, love; on a spinning floating entity that provides me, quite considerably, everything I could ever need to survive in a galaxy, one of so many, in a universe, one of so many. And of all phases of space and time, I get to experience this life with everyone else here right now. What a coincidence!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Clearly I’d take my friends to my place first, which is an event in itself. For those who know Astrology, I have Capricorn trine in my Moon, Neptune, and 4th House; and I ask you all to consider the adventure that would await someone simply in my dwelling. Anyway, the local museums and galleries would be a very close second, followed by the hole-in-the-wall artesian shoppes unique to the character of my city. In Dallas, one of my favorite spots was Opening Belle Café, who had a wide cast of live music almost every evening. The genre was always different, but always sounded superb. Shakespeare in the Park is always on the list, as you really cannot beat a perfectly good show in Texas heat.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One who presently doesn’t necessarily need my shoutout, Elon Musk, is someone in particular that emulates many of the qualities I want to represent throughout time. My third cousin, Manhattan-Based Artist George Grammer, is another. Nikola Tesla, Sappho, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are a few others. And last but not least, all Historians, Anthropologists and Archaeologists who use their creative and curious spirit to emulate those of our past instead of themselves.
Artist: Elisabeth Sloan