Nancy Herman [illuminata]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am interested in the relationship between color and music.
What is your message?
Beauty is worth searching for as it is as close to eternity as we are going to get.
Your biography in four lines.
Adopted in Reading in 1939.
Married for 50 years to the same man.
Have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
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?
Listening to music and imagining how it would look if I translated it into color.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
I make my 'translations' in either Photoshop (2 dimensions) or FLASH (video).
What is art?
Art is a form of communication.
When do you get your best ideas?
The middle of the night.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
Try it out then live with it for a while. If it is not good I will know after some time has passed.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
Any piece of music written by Chopin, Brahms or Bach.
A riff by Miles Davis.
A water color by Paul Klee.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
Since I was a child and my mother praised my art work.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
I don't know any who have volatile personalities so I couldn't say.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
I'm not sure how to categorize myself. I'm not too enthusiastic about art categorizing.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Perhaps, but then that is something everyone must do really.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
Josef Albers influenced me the most as it was through his book Interaction of Color that I began to see how one color changes another. This led me to believe that colors presented in a sequence would be as moving as music.
I enjoy Paul Klee's work very much.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
The more the better.
Is art necessary?
Apparently - unless those cave dwellers were using their work as practice for hunting.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
It depends. I rarely sell paintings and cannot come up with a price if asked, but I enjoy selling wall hangings and prints of color music.
The paintings are generally of my home or things I love, I think that is the difficulty. Not sure really.
My wall hangings are meant to be shared with others and so is the color music. I think I paint for myself.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Art is simply the artifact of the artistic experience so it is that which is purchased although it does seem that people sometimes feel as if they want a piece of the artist.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
You don't, until you make it.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
Better late than never.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
Not as much as I would like.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
I usually animate music or paint.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
I like whatever is going well at the time.
Do you personally collect any items?
Not really. I am a collector only because I don't throw stuff away.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
www.stuartshils.com/ myartspage.blogspot.com duanekeiser.blogspot.com/ http://www.music-scores.com/ my own
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Take up Medicine or the Law