RR: Black ceylon tea with whole milk because it’s grounded in a ripe, fecund earthy-bright reality with glazes of the unknown.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
RR: Physics (white holes, quantum particle entanglement) mythology, armenian films and st elmo’s fire.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
RR: It varies – sometimes it’s things I work out over long periods of time or it’s just out of impulses (like the exhibit with the 7,000 hollow eggs). Sometimes it starts with visions or sometimes it comes out of dreams and I’ll get pieces of it – like wanting to put a giant red cloud that can sit inside or stretching a constellation over the “topography” of someone’s head.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
RR: That fullness feeling.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
RR: I’m usually just working 14 hour days and nonstop until I’m really tired, but I think the best way to work (and I vacillate between being very good and very bad at this) is having a routine and mastering the muses this way.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
RR: The latter usually comes first and then you make yourself do the former.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
RR: I think above everything else the best thing for me to do as an artist is being able to be wise about when to commit/follow through, and when to jump ship.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
RR: I think artistic integrity (being honest about what you like and are attracted to) is.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
RR: Self-defeating instincts.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
RR: Conquering self-defeating instincts.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
RR: God yes! Rosemarie Trockel, Katharina Grosse, David Altmejd, Trudy Benson, Annie Lapin.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
RR: Yes, we have everything we need.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
RR: It’s the reason for the whole job.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
RR: I love to travel. I’m into Truth or Consequences and White Sands, new mexico, Terlingua (near big bend texas), Hana, Maui, Dominica, Hudson, Ny.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
RR: Piet Hein’s Grooks, Jung, Joyce, and Campbell.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
RR: There’s this puzzle having to do with a quasar.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
RR: Yes. Diotima said it best, but James Joyce did pretty well too. Oh, and Baudrillard.
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