Ian Mcewan [ianmcewan42]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am an artist who is working as a scheduler / planner at the moment. I used to be scaffolder. My art is not something of beauty but something that comes from within me. Itís hard to explain, itís not something that is reproduced as itís always different and comes from somewhere deep inside me. I donít care if anyone likes it. I donít take notes and have never had any training. I have looked at other artists work but have never studied their techniques.
I think that as children we are all artists its life changes us. When we are young we have no set agenda when exploring our art, there is no set agenda, when we get older we have to conform to lifeís rhythm. I think it is important capture the child within us when working. I think that child never goes he is always there. Have you ever thought, when a birthday comes around that although you are another year older that you still feel like twenty one. I think if I ever loose this feeling I will be old. I hope this never happens.
But, I was supposed to talking about art. I see art in the faces of people who have lived in life. There is something that is beautiful in face that has lived a hundred years. I see art in the reflection of a puddle. I see art in the faces in my local pub when their team score a goal. I see art in the tears of child. Thatís how I define myself as an artist.
What is your message?
My message is to live and love life. Sleep when your'e dead. My one regret is that I can't have another go!
Your biography in four lines.
I was born of an alcoholic father and a loving mother who passed away early in life. I loved and miss them both. I had two brothers and sister. My sister and youngest brother also died early in life. They all had an effect on my life. I am now happily married with two boys and a loving wife. What more is there to life.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Life is my inpiration.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
I do believe that computers are the next artistís media. I think that we will have digital art galleries in shopping centres and other public places. I hope this brings more art to everyone, and I hope it is not controlled by advertisers.
What is art?
Art is anything. Art is Everything.
When do you get your best ideas?
From within my Sole!
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I never try to evaluate anything and leave the calculations to the mathematicians.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
The Universe, the mind and the sole.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
There wasn't a time a time or place I just created stuff so thought I must be an artist.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Because they are mad!
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
I don't knwow about postmodern, but I do believe I am child of the universe. I don't if this fits into any box.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
It should be evaluated with your heart. If you like it, you like it.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
They shouldn't reinvent themselves, they should only keep their minds open to changes around them.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
I admire all artists, sometimes it just bits of their work. I don't have any favourites.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
I think a lot more could be spent on this. I would like to see more involement in schools and would like to see much more media attention on promoting art.
Is art necessary?
Yes! Art is everywhere. Art makes you feel good! Art inspires you! Art makes you feel nice! I havn't met anyone who doesn't like it, even if though they won't admit it.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
No! As I have never had to sell anything.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
I think you are only buying a bit of time. A piece of time that the artist was in when creating his work.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
By putting one foot in front of the other.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I feel that the artist is not dead, as his work lives on, so he lives on!
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
None, I have no requirement for them.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Whatever I feel like doing.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Do you personally collect any items?
Yes I like to display work that makes me feel!
Which websites do you frequently visit?
My Artspace.com. I like the concept behind this as you don't have to be someone special to put your art on display. There is no art critics deciding if you can or can't display your work.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Enjoy yourself and don't take it too seriously, but always love it.