MARC ANDRIES SMIT [mas]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I'm a figurative sculptor. My works range from monuments in bronze to small private commissions. I have rendered pieces for cities, Universities, Basilicas, the Vatican, and Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, among others.
What is your message?
Do your best, leave a legacy.
Your biography in four lines.
Born, create, and die content.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Google "Marc Andries Smit"...
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
I become a conduit which transmits the past for the future.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Talent matters more than technology. Technology can quelch imagination and creativity if allowed to rule your passion.
What is art?
All that we percieve as real and attempt to alter.
When do you get your best ideas?
When they come to me.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
By others reactions.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
Can't think of any.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I first became aware of the world which engulfs me.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
I do not believe they do, it is an unfortunate myth.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Titles are for art critics, non creators. Creators can not be boxed. Was Isamu Noguchi a classicist, deco sculptor, modernist, biomorphic, post modernist, or abstract? Or perhaps, all of the above?
How should a work of art be evaluated?
By its society and message. Note, craftsmanship matters. You must crawl before you can run.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
No, he or she must follow their own path and try to evolve if possible. Yet, let that not be an excuse for making easily marketable crap, labelled as art, by a promoter.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
This page is not big enough...
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
Art represents the culture. Archaeologists use art as the defining force of past societies. If a society has no public art, it mirrors its lack of significance and being.
You may surmise the rest of my answer.
Is art necessary?
What made Cro-Magnon "doodle" in the caves of Alta Mira, or Lascaux? Is air necessary?
Art is what defines us as a culture, society, and beings. Without art, we are nothing.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
No, what good is creating without sharing. One should use art as a form of communication. Do you percieve talking only to yourself as normal human behavior? Even chimps converse amongst each other and create tools, which may even be called art by some adhering to todays standards.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
A true artist can't be bought. Although, some collectors buy art in a false attempt to acquire what they themselves are lacking, talent, creativity and vision.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
One step follows the other. If not, you lack mobility.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
It is better to recieve from a warm hand than a cold one.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
From my perspective, at times they are as useful as harlots to sailors. Yes, it is true that a sailor may get momentary pleasure, but once out at sea, he is longing again, whilst at the dock, the money stays with the whore.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
The ones I choose to do. Even when commissioned, I insist on my creative freedom and interpretation.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Do you personally collect any items?
Which websites do you frequently visit?
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Work and Create, and when you are tired, Create and Work.
MARC ANDRIES SMIT
Coral Gables - U.S.A.