The Artist Interview Process

On 9/23 our class conducted interviews with each other. Paired into groups of two, each student was asked to generate and ask 10-15 questions for each other. They exchanged places directly after to be interviewed.  The answers were recorded in a written format by each student.

A class discussion followed. Reactions to the questions below should be added to the comments section.

1. What was the most useful aspect of the exercise?

2. What have you discovered about yourself and your work that you had not considered before the interview?

3. How will you apply this new awareness into your thesis paper / research paper process?

4. What was the most important question(s) that you were asked? How may this effect your work as an artist?

5. Other reflective feedback? Feel free to extend on this.


9 thoughts on “The Artist Interview Process

  1. (In regards to questions of Artist Interview):

    1. I learned a lot about Alyssa.
    2. I have discovered comparisons between us, and that we’re not that different.
    3. I have to look back and think about it. It can help with the paper (the thesis), as in what to put in and what to leave out.
    4. The most important things was that I haven’t considered before or never thought about.
    5. I look forward to doing this exercise again.

  2. 1. I felt the most useful aspect of the exercise was verbally expressing details about my artwork and process without having the physical work there to assist me. This forced me to be more descriptive and I found that it was helpful in organizing my thoughts and reflecting on what I will need to put in my thesis paper.

    4. The most important question I was asked during the interview process was “What is the earliest piece of work that you can remember creating?” I told my interviewer about a poster I had made when I was 7 or 8 years old for an art contest under the theme of “When I Grow Up.” I drew myself as a whale trainer, and although I did not become a whale trainer there are similarities that tie that piece to my work/process throughout the years since then. I have always been one to focus on detail, and in my drawing I draw about 100 smiling faces in the background watching me feed a fish to a whale. I also used very bright colors, another similarity to my current work and even in terms of subject matter, I am still interested in creating work about animals.

  3. i learned a lot of about tuo. before i never thought about how to tell people about my work and ideas. i would just answer some people‘s query, I told them why i do it but now i understand how to express my work to people. At the same time, i thought i should think about why my works develop this way. how can I continue creative works.

  4. 1. The most useful aspect of the exercise for me was sharing myself and letting it grow. My partner and I didn’t start asking questions, but by talking about our work and explaining the background first.
    2. I discovered that my personal history and my artwork have converged and in a way cannot exist with out the other.
    3. I will reflect more on the meaning of my work. Also, I would like to make a connection to universal values and insights with my work.
    4. The questions that were most important to me related to my earlier work with embroidery. It made me realize that threads of my old work were emerging in my newer work.

  5. The opportunity to interact and exchange ideas, informally analyze and draw inspiration from a fellow classmate and colleague, I once knew nothing about.

    I found it interesting to discover my style of work and genre has changed greatly over time, yet still reflect aspects of my life.

    I will draw connections to my past series of works, into how my work has since developed and lead me to where I am today.

    Why choose to be an artist? Is the most important question I feel I was asked. I would not necessarily call myself an “artist”. Do I create work? Absolutely! However, unlike most of my peers, I do not create work for a profit, or desire to share it with many; my art is personal… It my diary, release, intended for my eyes only. I only share it when I am forced to… i.e.: class, graduation requirement. I feel that is important to who I am verse who I am assumed to be.

  6. 1. What was the most useful aspect of the exercise?
    I believe this exercises has taught me a lot about my partner and ME. it was such a great opportunity for me to rethink about myself as an artist and also reflect myself and my work. we are too busy stuck into daily life and even constantly making the works. sometime it is good to get someone ask you those questions and helps you to think.

    2. What have you discovered about yourself and your work that you had not considered before the interview?
    during the process of answering her questions and also asking my questions. In both way it helped me to realize lots of importance factors that I have never really paied attention to usually.
    3. How will you apply this new awareness into your thesis paper / research paper process?
    this exercise definitely helped me to see my work and myself as an artist much clearly. I hve gained lots answers for my thesis paper,.
    I totally enjoyed this question interview. it is very helpful for my thesis paper preparation.

  7. Interview with Justin Copalbo

    1. When did you decide to be an artist?
    – When I was in high school, I learned computer program. However, I was very sick of this. After that, I tried to make images artistically and I started to draw the painting.
    2. If you have a chance to install at Guggenheim museum, what are you going to do?
    – I am going to fill out the Guggenheim hall with my pictures
    3. Who is your roll-model?
    – My roll model is Nadar. He took a landscape photo from sky with air balloon. I like his great idea.
    4. What are you going to do after graduate school?
    – I want to be a professor. I like to teach someone. I am preparing to be a professor.
    5. If you have chance to join the show, who do you want?
    – Hm.. Actually, I like Alex grey. I like his drawing. He is kind of crazy. When he was doing his work, he always has a drug. That was so wired.
    6. Can you say your 3 top priorities in your life?
    – Wife, Friends and Family
    7. What is the next of your work?
    – After graduate, I want to take the landscape for my photo. Actually, I want to go phoenix dessert.
    8. What size do you want to make it for the thesis show?
    – Well. I want to print out 13 by 19inches or 4ft by 5ft.
    9. If you have health problem, are you keep doing your work?
    – Although I got a sick, I am doing my work with even the wheel chair.

    10. In your work, why did not have any people in your photo?
    – I think it is kind of nature. However, this is a human nature made by human. I don’t want to be alone.

  8. 1. The most useful aspect of this exercise was being able to learn things about HuNoo that I wouldn’t learn in normal conversation. I have known HuNoo for two years, but you wouldn’t usually ask a friend questions such as the one’s posed in the interview. It allowed me to learn a lot about HuNoo’s childhood, development as an artist, and process.

    2. I discovered that my work in more sequential than I thought. By being forced to analyze and describe my work, it became apparent that each series leads me to the next. When you line my work up in chronological order, you can see the the progression of thought.

    3. I applied this newfound acknowledgement of my sequential nature, by photographing my new series. I had been nervous about starting a new series, because I was trying to do set all these guidelines based on location and technique to push my work. I eventually just went out and shot work. By trusting myself, I shot work that was similar to my previous series, but was an advancement of my thought and process.

    4. I think the most important question I was asked was “What has been the most difficult part of graduate school.” I had responded time management and being able to balance spending time with my wife, school, and work. At the time I was struggling to juggle it all, but since then I have got into a groove, where I just keep moving forward. Now I have the inverse problem of not being able to just sit and give myself time to relax. I think graduate assisting this semester has helped, because even though I am in school for 13 hours those days, I do such varied things that I don;t burn out. The shorter days then seem easy in comparison and I don’t become overwhelmed.

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