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Debby Emadian [debbyemadian] 

What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I love making things. Installations, films, shadow lamps, books, pen and ink drawings. My work is usually conceptual and sometimes has strong socio-political themes like homelesness, the environment, gender roles or identity. But sometimes I just want to make something to look at or make people feel happy. I don't like to classify myself as an artist because my work changes all the time.
What is your message?
That depends. Sometimes I consider my practice to be a forum for debate that could potentially stimulate an audience to ask themselves questions. Other times I just want them to enjoy the work
Your biography in four lines.
I have always loved creating things and after giving birth to my daughter pursued a career in education, increasingly finding that it was the creative rather than academic aspect of my work that I enjoyed. In 2005 I completed a foundation course in Art and Design at Oxford and Cherwell College and began producing conceptual work often using processes that would be considered domestic or feminine usually combining these with projected still or moving images. In the summer of 2008 I graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art and since then have continued my practise. Encouraged and supported by my husband and daughter I'm continuing to make things every day.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
I've uploaded some of my work onto the Saatchi online website at www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile//118567.html or just key in my name on www.saatchi-galley.co.uk Also on my blog debbyemadian@live.co.uk and on facebook
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere and everything. Sometimes it's a sentence in a book, a line in a poem, a radio program or newspaper article. Or seeing an object a tree or a person or a memory. An Idea just pops up into my head. Once I have an idea it's like a fire burning inside me until I've done something with it. I have too many ideas and am always scribbling them down in little books waiting to become a reality.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Even if I'm using a traditional medium like pen and ink, technology plays quite an important role. Google is often the first or second port of call when I'm researching a topic for a piece of work. Even though I will then use other forms of research like musuems or libraries. I often work from digital photos that I've taken and although I don't manipulate them I do sometimes draw from them. If I'm making a film then I'm totally dependant on IT to record and then edit.
What is art?
To me art encompasses hundreds of creative processes that can stimulate our senses, from producing a piece of music to creating a plate of delicious food.
When do you get your best ideas?
All the time and any time.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
That's a hard one. I think it's just a gut feeling. I find that as long as I continue to feel happy with an idea I go along with it. If something inside tells me it's not working even if everyone around me says it's good I find it hard to go on.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I was a little girl people used to say that I was good at drawing. Now I know that I'm not that good at drawing but I also know that I have to create things.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
I don't think they have to if they are happy with what they're doing. I couldn't do that though because I get bored and have to do different things.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
I'm really happy when someone wants to buy a piece of my work. It's the greatest compliment that you can have. I do sometimes make pieces specially for our home though and often keep pieces that my husband doesn't want me to sell
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I think that the work of artists who are no longer with us can still be valuable in the same way that classical literature or music can be. It can inform the work of contemporary artists and be an educational tool to teach us something about the social history of the period.

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