|Q: Tell us how
others describe your work versus how you see
it? Do they get it?
Oh yes, people very much
get my work. Very quickly too! I wish I
had a stopwatch every time people see my
stuff. I would like to break the art appreciation
Q: Give an example of an
obstacle you have overcome.
I think the greatest struggle
that I have ever grappled with was my decision
in my early twenties to not be an artist.
I saw a lot of post-modern shite out there
where you needed the Rosetta Stone to unlock
what the artist was saying with a piece.
It bored the hell out of me, and since Pollock's
Abstract Expressionism, it had all just
become rather snobbish. I truly thought
this type of artwork was for the alcoholic
dinosaur. A lot of Modern Art didn't belong
in the focus anymore it was becoming stale
and merely a curiosity. I still think that.
It hurt like hell to not
do ANY art for several years. I was lost.
It was a very insane time in my life. You'll
have to read a little of "The Hero
with a Thousand Faces," to have an
idea as to the reason for my self-imposed
exile from artistic creation. Stubborn as
hell, I lead myself by instinct and got
through to the other side. My studies in
Taoism and the assertion that everyone should
have art available to them brought me to
a nice milestone in my life. This new wave
of art adheres best onto the t-shirt, but
my designs want to go everywhere! Why confine
your work to the four walls of a gallery?
I really wanted to create
a series which worked with opposites, had
strange divine graphic design, , and also
carried a kind of what-if feel. This led
me to create Pop-Taoism, and the Neolotus
Series. Now, that's satisfaction.
Neonsandwich's advice for
the kids? Listen to more Nina Hagen, and
drink lots of goat's milk, straight from
the goat if you can.
P.S. I now firmly believe
my Mom met John Lennon on the beach (and
Eric Clapton, whom she later saw fall down
a flight of stairs.)