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Imaginary Artist Interview

I kissed a goat…..and I liked it.

Q:

How would you describe your art?

A:

Nostalgic

Q:

Nostalgic? Why?

A:

So I can remember.

Q:

How odd. You make art so you can remember. Remember what?

A:

Remember things I don’t want to forget and people that I never knew.

Q:

How can you remember someone you never knew?

A:

Through forgotten objects that are not forgotten. From old photos and castaway mementos that sleep in a box in the attic.

Q:

So that’s all? Boxes of stuff? You work with boxes of stuff!

A:

It’s not just stuff. They are memories and family stories and people you loved or who loved you. Or sometimes people who left life behind before they loved you. Tales of simple people doing simple acts. Enjoying a Sunday afternoon. Baking bread. Eating watermelon. Sewing. Thinking. Washing. Discovering quiet places where they left their footprints.

Q:

Footprints. Like on the beach?

A:

Like in your heart.

Q:

How?

A:

How what?

Q:

How do you do this? Please, don’t talk in riddles. Do you paint? Do you sculpt?

A:

I reminisce. I reminisce with paint. I reminisce with textile designs.

Q:

And when you “reminisce,” do you prefer one medium above all?

A:

One medium. Two mediums. Three mediums or four. Or just mediums. Some pieces use watercolor or gouche or acrylic, or oil, or cloth. Or, everything all at once.

Q:

Ahhh. Mixed media. May I note that some of your work look textured? The yupo paintings mostly. I think they are blurry.

A:

It’s not blurry It’s connected.

Q:

Connected?

A:

Connected. Attached. I want the whole painting to look attached. That’s why I use rollers on the yupo paper more than a brush.

Q:

So you attach and you remember. Why?

A:

To go back through time.

Q:

Pardon me?

A:

To remember the people and places left behind.

Q:

To make you feel like you took a trip back home.

A:

Art has to make you feel something, you see.

Q:

I see.

A: Yes, you can see. You can see through my art into the past– like there is a window in my heart and you can peek inside for a few moments.

Q:

Okay. Change gears. You’re getting too deep for me. Ummm. Who inspires you?

A:

I love Maya Angelou.
In, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” she wrote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
This is true.

True. Some people may remember the colors of your painting. Some may remember the subject or even the title of your work. But, your audience will never, ever forget how you made them feel when they looked at your art.”