Je vous ai déjà évoqué le doux nom de Rae Missigman dans mon article sur le Documented Life Project (projet pour lequel j’ai pris BEAUCOUP de retard….). C’est l’une des artistes outre atlantique qui m’inspire le plus, j’adore son style abstrait féminin, joyeux et coloré. Elle m’a fait l’honneur de répondre à mes nombreuses questions, je suis ravie de vous la faire découvrir un peu plus!
Je vous mets l’interview en version originale, pour la traduction: cliquer sur google translator (en haut de la colonne de droite quand celle-ci est apparente, à partir de l’accueil).
1) Have you a rite before launching you into creation?
I don’t really have a ritual so to speak. I like to have my favorite supplies close at hand and my laptop for music. I am terrible about taking breaks, so I usually make sure to have my favorite beverage close at hand too!
2) Do you define rather quickly which type of realization you want to produce (style, medium, technical to use)? What is your favorite field?
For the most part I do seem to delve in pretty quickly to a certain style. I like to create in layers and so I like to have a few pieces going at one time, that way when one is wet I can move on to the next piece and not be idle. I do seem to always start with layers of paint and paper, no matter what I am working on. I love paint for sure. Layers and layers of paint. I love it best when it is texturized, so I don’t always smooth the paint out- painterly is my favorite style.
3) How do you find inspiration? Are you sometimes deeply moved in front of an inspiration or someone else’s creation?
I find inspiration in everything. I am always looking for interesting shapes and edges in everything. Even today, driving my daughter home from school I saw the most interesting shadows alongside of the road, created by some construction silt fencing. I immediately went home and sketched it. I think art surrounds us all the time in everyday things and I try to recognize that. I am so often moved while viewing other artists’ works. There are so many talented individuals in the art world and I never stop being amazed at what they create.
4) Where from do you get your technical knowledge?
Everything I have learned about art I have discovered on my own. I see something and I try it. I practice a lot and I do a lot of experimenting as well as research. I am a better visual learner and so I like to watch live sessions or videos of art processes. I would love to take some fine art classes someday at my local university though!
5) What are your tools to organize you, to note your desires? Do you settle objectives, long-term projects?
I enjoy using repurposed things to help me stay organized. I use a lot of recycled jars and old wooden tool boxes. I also like to have my favorite supplies where I can see them and get to them easily in my studio so I have many of supplies out in the open. Only the things I don’t use on a daily basis are tucked away into drawers and cupboards. I think old buckets and test tubes and metal cans make great storage containers! I also love to use empty frames with screen in them for inspiration boards and have several of these! My favorite thing for note taking and planning projects would be my phone believe it or not. I always have it with me so when something strikes me I just add a note. Once I am back in the studio I can take a second look, fine tune it and add it to my note book. I like to use an Action Book for my long term projects because I like having a place for a timeline, notes and more.
6) In what psychological conditions are you more creative? What’s your favorite moment of the day? The place?
I definitely create better when my mood is elevated! If I am having a stressful week I seem to shut down creatively. When this happens I am better at taking time to organize the studio, make lists and outline projects. I like it best when my house is full and my family is around. I feel happier when I am in their company and seem to have more creative juice flowing when I hear their laughter ringing in the studio. I love the mornings best. The studio is bright and sunny and I have lots of birds that make music for me outside my window. I work best at my station closest to this window. The funny thing is, if I create in the evening, I like the station farthest from this window – haha!
7) What is your trick to let work your unconscious? (Stroll, nap, shopping…)
I need to walk away from that studio and the computer. I have to be outside, on the go or experiencing something fun and different. I love to go to local art shows. If there isn’t one around, a neat new market or unfamiliar park is always a nice place to let your mind unravel. I enjoy taking drives with no planned route. Where we end up is where we explore. This is one of my favorite things to do!
8) Under what shape do appear your ideas? Do you note them immediately?
I am scatterbrained by nature. Ideas come to me at any given moment and usually when I am least prepared to note them. I try to always have my phone or notebook handy, but so many times my ideas will end up scribbled or sketched on the back of a receipt or napkin. I have even made a note on the wrapping of a straw one time as it was the only shred of paper on hand. I am do afraid i will lose the idea I do anything to get it down!
9) Do some kinds of pressure (deadlines, challenges, instructions, people’s opinion) tend to motivate you or on the contrary to jam?
Sadly, deadlines tend to make me really nervous and overly sensitive to time. I never have any trouble meeting a deadline, they just scare me by their very nature. I juggle a big family and lots of activities with my kids too, so factoring in a deadline is just crazy sometimes. I do work well in the final moments of pressure though, haha! I like a good challenge, but prefer to have a bit of time to think on it. Instructions are perfect for someone with my personality. The more definitive and structured the rules and details are the more comfortable I feel.
10) The climate in a Design Team (respect, atmosphere, freedom) is it a criterion important for you?
I don’t necessarily mind the guidelines as long as they are clearly defined. I like to know what I am in for and up against. I would like to know ahead of time so I could choose to participate or not participate if something makes me uncomfortable. I love the idea of respect and artist freedom in everything!
11) Do you sometimes cross by a shape of internal crisis, a phase of questioning to reinvent or surpass yourself?
Oh yes. I have changed so much over the course of a few years as an artist. I even think these changes would have come sooner but I have a very bad habit of overthinking everything and second guessing myself on many levels. I am learning to let go and trying to move forward in my growth as an artist and person by spending less time on these worries. I have started asking myself – does this make you happy? if not, i try to fix it so it does or walk away.
12) At the time of starting a realization, do you prepare upstream all the equipment that you want to use, or do you take it out during the realization?
I do both depending on the project. I like to prepare in a way that allows me to know what I have and what I need. If I am working on something small, or for myself, I rarely do much preparation. If I am working on a big project or workshop I like to be over prepared. I always create a prototype first, which allows me to discover what things work and don’t work. It gives me a better idea of what supplies and tools I will need too. Sometimes I discover a better way to do things during this trial run process.
13) How long do you put to make a creation, in general?
I guess I never really put a time limit on how long I will give myself to create something, but if I am working in my art journal or sketch book I seems to dedicate a few hours to the process in general. I like to come and go from it, step away and look at it fresh again. The same thing with a painting. I like to work on it in small increments of time. Many times I have come back to a piece I am working on only to discover exactly what I need to do. Walking away is helpful for me. I do try to set time constraints when I am filming a workshop style project, but that will vary depending on what I am working on.
14) As you create, are you completely aware, on an esthetic plan, of what you make, or are you rather in an intuitive mode?
Defintely intuitive mode. Of course I like for a piece to beautiful in the end, but sometimes I am well into creating something before I even think about where it is going by definition of beauty. I like to create in a way that feels right at that moment and that means letting your heart take over sometimes.
15) Do you see a difference between what you had intended to realize and what was realized? (Unexpressed planned things, expressed things with no intention)
Yes, for sure I do. The more I let my subconscious take over the more I like a creation. The harder I try, more often times than not, the less I enjoy the finished result. I think the best things that happen in art are random. I have tried to let that be the way I create.
16) What look do you have on your own creations? Are you a critic towards yourself?
I am my own worst critic. I am surrounded by so much talent and that makes me hypersensitive to my own work. I am getting better at being okay with who I am as an artist though, and spend countless hours practicing new techniques or reading about how to do something new. I think the real truth is that we all tend to be the hardest on ourselves.
17) What does the creation do to you on your everyday life? (In term of personal fulfillment, on the human plan…)
Creating anything, no matter how big or small makes me feel so happy. I can’t imagine my life without art in it. It has changed the way I look at everything in life and how I view things as a whole. Art is a release for me and it calms my heart. I like knowing that at the end of a tough day in the real world I can sit on my stool in the studio and make art. Even if no one ever sees it, it has served its’ purpose in making me smile.