Peter Hodgins [peterhodgins]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am an visual artist and writer of fiction.
What is your message?
Any message I have is in my art and writing
Your biography in four lines.
I was born, then I grew up. Each year I get older. Yes, I have studied both art and literature. My real study has been/is in living. Learning how to be a human being has priority over anything else.
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?
Many things. Whatever I see around me can inspire. I also listen to music a lot when stuck for ideas.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
A relatively important role. I use photoshop and various graphic apps. Still, technology is only a method or means to an end.
What is art?
A good question. One I hardly think I am qualified to answer. It can be many things to many people. A basic premise would that be that it is something that gives people another perspective or understanding on their life or life in general.
When do you get your best ideas?
When I least expect them.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
Whether the idea has enough energy to become more than just an idea.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
The principal of harmony in form, colour and line.
The different musical scales.
Speech - ie language and words.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I was told at school I was good at 'drawing'. Before that I just thought everyone was an artist.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Do they? Perhaps other people just have very subdued personalities.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Post-post-postmodern. Pre modern and even a little classical.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Hard to answer. Person A thinks that exhibit is art, person B disagrees. Time is often a good indicator. If something works its influence on the viewer over a period of time. reveals different layers of meaning long after it has been created then it is perhaps closer to being art rather than artifice.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Probably. But then so should everyone.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
The Renaissance masters, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michaelangelo. Also Shakespeare. Everything since is just a variation on their themes.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
Is art necessary?
A question that stupid doesn't even merit an asnwer.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Yea, sometimes. Howvever with digital media I can always hide a copy up my computing sleeve.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
A bought artist is someone who desgins greeting cards or paints cliche-ridden landscapes. A work of art changes hands. It is never really purchased.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
You learn to hear your own voice. You develop intution. And above all you watch as little TV as possible.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
It's not important. A great work of art is timeless. Why shouldn't people see the old masters. There's enough space for old and new.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
They have helped and hindered. They are a blessing and a curse. The blessing is, they take all the repsonibility for promoting your work - doing all the PR work, an anathema to 'creative types'. The hinderance is they take a huge cut and expect you to turn up at openings and make small talk.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Anything and everthing when I need money. Only proviso is that I don't have to sign up for the corporate, back-scratching wheel of soul-sleep.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Opening up the screen, and just playing with all the possibilities, and playing until something starts to come to life.
Do you personally collect any items?
Only bad habits.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
Difficult to answer. Many different ones. I don't have a specific browsing pattern.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Learn first to hear your own voice. Develep your intuition and imagination. Be prepared to be alone.