We had the good fortune of connecting with Simón Sepúlveda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Simón, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is necessary, if you don´t take it you will do always the same and your work doesn´t evolve. For me when I do the same many times I start feeling a big nonsense on that activity, even if I know that people like that. I used to do tapestries but I got bored of doing the same.
I have taken risk in many situations in my life: moving to different countries, changing from design to art and recently I did a performance in a self-made boat that the ocean almost take my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I´m a designer and artist from Chile. I started working on a boutique studio in Santiago at my 20´s , after a while there I moved to New York where I worked in a Design Studio and then I moved to San Francisco to work as a Designer. Currently I live in Barcelona. I think a big challenge for me was the language, I like to play with words and the barriers of the language. In some moment I got bored of the commercial focus of design and the relation between client-design-economycs, there is where I started to explore more about the art, and how my uniqueness and my instinct were open to play without limits.
I think a big lesson that I have learned is that my personal background and my instinct is something that I cannot deny and that has a big importance in my work.
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?
I think probably all that I do and work and try to achieve is thanks and for my family and friends.
photos: Clemente Vergara, Áron Filkey and Carlos Molina