We love to find artists on Instagram, and we were immediately drawn in by Ed. Based in Mexico City, we had a chance to chat via WhatsApp and get to know each other a bit. Ed's English is great, even though he doesn't think it is!
What part of Mexico are you living in and how is the artist community down there?+
I live in Mexico City, and the artistic community is very diverse. Psychedelic or psychoactive creations are not yet highly exposed due to the illegality and stigma surrounding cannabis and other substances, making us a nascent movement.
What’s your favorite medium or place to uncover new artists?+
I discover a lot of new visual art from around the world on instagram, especially now quarantined, due to museum closings. Now I travel in my house.
We love your psychedelic art style. Have you had any experiences over the years that have inspired you artistically, or led you to create this aesthetic?+
Thank you very much! Since I was little I liked to observe, but I suffer from anxiety and cannabis helps me to relax and create. As an adult I have had many experiences with LSD that I intentionally take with the purpose of creating something new, to look into new realities that exist in my mind/dreams and that I portray in my work to share with the world.
Do you work multiple jobs or are you full time as an artist? Where do you sell your art?+
In addition to art, I am also a human rights activist for cannabis users in Mexico in "Movimiento Cannábico Mexicano". I work as a Community Manager at Thulio.mx, the number one online store in Mexico for CBD, pipes, bongs and more. Weed cannot be sold in Mexico yet. I sell my prints through my instagram account @edzamudiovisuals and soon through a new project to support psychedelic art in Mexico: @thulio.art
Who are the artists that you try and emulate or who have had an impact on your creativity?+
I met an instagram collage artist named @mr.babies that I love, but I try to keep my own style, although I think it's a constant search. I am a huge fan of Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Wes Wilson and the Mexican surrealist painter Remedios Varo.
Tell us about your “perfect day”. What would you do, where would you go, and how would you spend your time?+
What a beautiful question! I think it would be a morning with a bit of LSD and hash, taking my bike and touring the Chapultepec forest, a park in Mexico City the size of Central Park in New York. It has a lake where I like to meditate alone or with my closest friends.
Have you experimented a lot with psychedelics? What have those trips been like and do you feel like those experiences show up in your artwork?+
I have had several experiences, mainly with cannabis and LSD, and many of these trips have helped me understand the world around me from different perspectives, something that definitely influences my work. I like to bring those trips with music, especially psychedelia.
What’s the hardest thing about being an artist?+
I think the most difficult thing about being an artist is having so much contact with your feelings. If you don't know how to focus them, it can end in disaster. It is like a gift and at the same time, a curse.
Give us a random fact that no one knows about you.+
I once had such a strong LSD trip that I had to find a calm place to meditate. I remember experiencing indescribable sensations, like leaving my body and going to a dimension without time. Since that day I feel that much of what I live is a constant "deja vu", but it helps me in some inexplicable way to make good decisions in my life. It sounds strange, I know.
What's your favorite movie, book, and tv show?+
Movie: Mr. Nobody (2009) Directed by Jaco Van Dormael.
Book: The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley.
TV Show: DARK, on Netflix