These Beasts: Zet Gold
We first discovered Zet via Cameron Calloway's Instagram page. Maybe she did some album artwork, or maybe it was a flier. Either way the image resonated, and her unique artwork has stuck with us. Zet's work showcases the candid fluidity that underlies nearly every millenial trend. But she never gives in to the kind of calculated maneuvers that sabotage art for the sake of fame. Her work is easy to understand, but tough to pin down, just how we like it!
1.) What’s your name?
2.) Where are you from?
Haha this question always confuses me. Well I was born in Saudi, then moved to San Diego, and then landed in Vegas. For the most part, I would say Vegas.
3.) Where do you live?
Right now I am currently living in this peculiar tiny town of Audubon, Iowa. It feels like a daydream with a population of...just enough for me to handle haha. But before this I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for about 15 years.
4.) 3 reasons why your life in your city couldn’t happen anywhere else?
Vegas is interesting and I’m sure if you asked anyone else they’d probably say the same thing. Well reason one, I definitely believe that Vegas revolves around the idea of “trying to figure it out”. I definitely believe that it’s not a city where you’re spoonfed right into the scene. Vegas will push you to work harder, strive for the vision, piss you off occasionally...a lot, it’s home, and it’s a good mix of everything; I think that’s reason two. And final reason, Robertos - trashiest mexican food, but I don’t think I would’ve survived my studio days without their chimichangas. I’m not kidding, everyone knows I don’t play about chimichangas.
5.) What kind of work do you do?
I tell stories. That’s best way I can describe it.
6.) What keeps you inspired?
There’s something about sharing and telling stories that keeps me going. The conversation that happens, the lesson that passed on, and then it just never ends from there.
7.) Where do you work?
I just recently left my studio in Las Vegas, we called it The Bakery. Man oh man, my corner was a mad man’s mess and I loved it. Literally like a colour buffet crossed with a paper junk yard and a lot of scrap cardboard. Do you see it? Literally piles of who knows what everywhere. It’s strange because I work best in environments like that. I laughed every time someone would visit and “ooh” over a pile of trash not knowing it was trash and say, “this is so artsy”. I miss that studio so much. But right now I’m just working in a corner of my studio apartment. It’s way different, but I’m definitely loving the window next to my desk especially when the sun beams on your back, so toasty.
8.) What is 1 challenge that has defined you for at least one chapter of your life?
The city I just left, it was an incubator. It was everything I needed to bring me to the point where I’m at now. The good, the bad, and the ugly. It was a good chunk of time to grow and learn how to be patient. It’s funny because for all the reasons why I hated it for the moment, I look back and love every bit of why everything happened. I am grateful for it.
9.) What are some of your favorite snacks, and do you eat them while you work?
Man, this is as painful as having to pick a favourite child haha. I’m really strange with snacks, not in a creepy way though. Sometimes I eat certain snacks just because they’re cute or give me the fuzzies - like the pink circus animal crackers or carrot cake. And like I said chimichangas, if that counts as a cute snack. I try not eat snacks though while working, because then I get way sidetracked. Then I end up including some type of food in my illustrations. Go look at my work, I’m pretty sure I’ve snuck in a slice of cheese or potato somewhere.
10.) If you had the power to be extremely persuasive, and you were invited to a presidential dinner, what kind of food allergy would you persuade everyone to believe you had, and why?
I would persuade everyone that I had a food allergy to Red Velvet. I just recently had a conversation with a group of friends about this. I don’t get Red Velvet at all, it makes no sense to me. I’ll pass on it any day.