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How much trust do you place in your inner compass?
On good days, the proper amount. On bad days, either too much or not enough.
To be honest, I don’t know if I have much faith in the idea of an inner compass, or I’m still learning how to define what that actually is. By definition, the inner compass concept means that there is a spiritual, guiding constant; a “True North” of sorts. I don’t really believe that’s the case. I think that on the most basic level, we’re motivated and directed by a series of wants and needs. The needs are just that; necessity. And we don’t get to determine what those are, we are only required to pursue and fulfill them. The wants are defined by a whole bunch of human elements that make-up the wonderfully beautiful, and staggeringly heartbreaking components of human existence, i.e. emotional baggage, ego, logic and rationale, Doritos, jealousy, lust, love, bio-chemical turbulence, bad TV shows, and new leather purses. I think I’m getting better at identifying and defining the needs vs. the wants when making decisions, but to pretend that I’ve figured out everything that makes that little compass needle spin and swirl seems knowingly foolish… To wrap that mess up, I wouldn’t move to the woods armed only with a hatchet and my inner compass.
Describe the art you are most drawn to?
Controlled chaos. I tend to like art that has a genuine rawness and reflection of reality to it. I like weird, dark shit. I like feeling uncomfortable and curious. I love seeing the imperfections of the human hand. I think there is heaps of confidence in letting that exist, and I deeply respect that. I like when there is room for accidents to happen and to become a piece of the story. I like seeing layers and visual process. I like seeing the evolution of a piece. I like art that feels like it came from a conversation between the artist, the medium, and the idea. They each have their own language, and they are sort of grunting and pointing and playing charades with each other, making a mess, shaping their thoughts, communicating, trying to get their message heard, but still listening. I like art that looks like that.
What is one piece of work that your most proud of?
I feel more pride in the process and progressions of doing work, rather than individual pieces. In the little improvements, the problem solving, new secrets, losing track of time, staying curious, staying fed. Pride isn’t something that I really experience with an individual piece. By the time a it's done, I’ve spent so much critical time with it that I’m all objective and analytical and fairly removed from the whole thing. It’s just done, and I get tunnel vision on the weak spots, focusing on the places I need to work my chops up. There is very little mystery or abstraction or interpretation left for me in my own work, and that’s where the beauty of art is experienced, and beauty is something to be proud of.
What is the essential message you are putting out with your creativity?
I don't know. I’m in no place to be telling people what they should or shouldn’t be paying attention to. I’m a curious human that is far too sensitive and likes to poke at things. Creativity lets me explore and release more. I like doing it, and the philosophy of it makes sense to me. So I do it. Whatever message people take from that is the proper one.
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