You, Me, Empathy - Episode 94: How Art Helps People Feel Seen with Eric “efdot” Friedensohn

Eric “efdot” Friedensohn in the Art of Skate shop in Brooklyn, NY

On Episode 94 of You, Me, Empathy, Eric “efdot” Friedensohn and I explore skateboarding culture, finding work that aligns with who you are, and creating art that brings people together, and helps people feel understood and seen.

Kick(flipping) off the show, Eric and I talk about how we both got into skateboarding, from how I got into it because I loved its punk rock roots and got me out of the house, and how Eric appreciates its meditative and expressive-artistic qualities. Plus, it makes you feel like a kid again, and we both agree that’s a good thing to hold onto.

Eric talks about the hesitation to bring skateboarding into his work because he felt like it wasn’t “professional” initially. But then he realized how much value is in being ourselves, fully, with our quirks and weirdness—a lesson he learned when he had broken his leg, couldn’t skate, and had loads of time to ponder what that meant to him.

We then gab about finding work that aligns with who we are, Eric growing up with a grandmother who was a stained glass artist, how Eric got his start in art, the therapeutic ups and downs of art (very much like being human), the starving artist mindset, creating art that brings people together, and how an artist’s job is to do the inner work and then express it in a way that helps people feel understood and seen.

Thanks to Eric for sharing his story!

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