Saturday, May 31, 2008

Interview with Ashley Macomber

q)What is your name?

a)Ashley Macomber

q) Where do you live and work?

a)Los Angeles California

q)What is your creative process like?

a)There is some thinking and reading followed by sketches, then photos and source material, then drawings and finally painting.

q)What is your favorite medium?

a)Acrylic on wood or paper.

q)What is your current favorite subject?

a)Hands in gloves, costuming, humans, America, reality, giant squid. Lots of things. It is an ever changing list. Sports.

q)How long does it take for you to finish a piece?

a)It varies. My larger paintings take months and it can become a very overwhelming process so I try to switch up my projects by working with video and sculpture which are less time consuming and allow me to have a looser more goofy tone.

q)What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

a)It seems to be the most recent thing that I was involved in. Its usually a solo show and seeing if all the pieces fit.

q)Are there any contemporary artists that you love?

a)Lee Bontecou, William Wegman, Wynne Greenwood, Louise Bourgeois, probably a million others but I am terrible with remembering names. Dick Bruna

q)Can we buy your art anywhere?

a)You can contact V-1 Gallery in Copenhagen and Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago .

q)Anything that people should know about that we don't??

a)Nathan barley. Peace and fucking.

q)What is your best piece of advice for those who would like to rise in their level of artistry?

a)Work a lot even if you don't have time or space.

q)What inspires you to keep going when the work gets frustrating or tough?

a)I would get depressed and be super unhappy if I didn't make work so I just move forward. And you shouldn't let anyone else influence your path in life because time is relative and noone knows what they are doing.

q)How do you describe your work to those who are unfamiliar with it?

a)I guess I try not to and tell them to look at it. When I try I always feel very tongue tied. People have very distinct notions in their minds of what painting is and the language can be very broad and misleading.

q)What kind of training did you have which helped you achieve your current level of artistry?

a)I went to Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a painting degree and then I worked as a textile designer recreating antique textiles. I learned an incredible amount about technique and color.

q)Is there a tool or material that you can't imagine living without?

a)My camera.

q)Who are your influences?

a)Bob Dylan, Lee Bontecou, Jane Goodall, Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica.

q)What inspires you to create?

a)The notion that I could one day make the perfect painting. Or at least tame my brain.

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