Aymeric De Meautis [aims]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I define myself as a contemporary new age artist who uses traditional art to explore issues surrounding the ideological core definition that is art these days amongst the uprising of the digital revolution.
What is your message?
That not all new age artists out there conform to the stereotype.
Your biography in four lines.
Tutored at a very young age.
Youngest person ever to be granted in Julian Ashton artschool in Sydney (age 13).
Won every art competition entered.
Graduated from Sydney University College of the Arts at age 20.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Not the ideal portfolio, but it does showcase some of my past works.
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Its random. I either listen to music or day dream and the idea comes to me subliminily, otherwise I can look at other artists work for inspiration.
What is art?
I used to think art was skill and technique, shock and awe, inspiration and power but its alot harder to define now as the older and wiser I get. Art is everything and nothing. Its everywhere around us, whether we notice it or not. It influences everything we touch, see, and feel. It is society and society reflects it.
When do you get your best ideas?
Randomly. I could be sitting on the train listening to my ipod, or watching tv in the living room, or reading a Myer catalogue. Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
From my liking of it. Its the artists connection to the idea to which whether they think its good or not. It depends on how you relate to it, mentally, physically, aesthetically or both. I have had ideas which people dislike and which I have liked and vice versa. But as an artist you create work for yourself, not for others.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
My parents saw me to be an artist at around the age of 1-2. I started drawing alot and from their they nutured me and my art skills. People have seen me as an artist my whole life, but only recently in the last year have I considered myself to be one.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Not sure, but wouldn't have it any other way.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Yes...I'm just a product of GEN Y really.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
I used to admire the old masters, but now I admire mainly music artists. I find they have a greater influence on me rather than visual artists. I find the power of music to be much more influencing that images.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Of course. Each artwork is bound to me because I've poored my heart, soul and feelings into it, so when I sell a piece, its like I'm selling a piece of me. Not to sound corny or anything, but thats how I see it and any non-commercial artist would feel the same.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Depends on the artist. Whether they made the artwork for the solemn reason to sell or vice versa. Everyones gotta eat though =)
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
You dont, thats what makes it so fun. Its all about spontaneity (sp?). Sometimes you dont know what the next step is and you can be stuck on a work for weeks, possibly months (its happened).
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
They've all played prominent roles in my career as an artist. But no where near as much as some of the artists I have had the pleasure of meeting.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Anything creative. My creativity isn't just limited to the canvas, that's what I love about it.
Do you personally collect any items?
I have personally just started to collect music cd's from my favourite artists who influence my artworks.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
No rules, just do.
Aymeric De Meautis