shaun harrigan [tubecomix]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
painting, mainly on bits of scrap wood i find. i am influenced by my environment, so mainly urban landscapes, altho i love parks, and little bits of hidden green. i am fascinated by doors and passageways.
What is your message?
there is beauty everywhere. that doesnt mean you should ignore the ugly stuff, though.
Your biography in four lines.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
i am currently working on a new blog and website. examples of my stuff can be seen on tubecomix.wordpress.com.
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
a simple glance is enough. sometimes you can look for it, sometimes it jumps out at you. sometimes whilst thinking of something entirely different at work something clicks...
What role does technology play in your creative process?
its a handy tool. the most technological thing ive used for a while though, is a disposable camera. and im on the lookout for an old photocopier
When do you get your best ideas?
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
work it through. it soon becomes fairly obvious if its rhubarb or not. sometimes itll take weeks, but its never a waste of time.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
the left handed can-opener
the chocolate brownie
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
four years ago, when i realised i resented describing myself by my job, which i detested
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
to think objectively about something, you quite often have to be outside of it.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
not any more so than anyone else
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
i think everyone does, albeit in small, sometimes not immediately obvious ways.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
ivon hitchens, jackson pollock, emil nolde
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
Is art necessary?
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
the first one
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
you can see it from the step youre standing on. i suppose you have a choice of up or down. or if there is a landing you could stand there for a bit
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
reassured and grateful