UE: Multi-disciplinary conceptual abstract explorations, the nature of creative tension.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
UE: Drawing in, drawing out, the micro, the macro, aerial views, nature, science, music, topography, alchemy.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
UE: It’s often intuition, visuals might be the first trigger. It varies. I can have an idea… and beginning it begins a process, which is then not necessarily linear. Trying to describe something that is evolving as I go, maybe slow, or fast, non-linear, spiraling. Ideas can come from a dream, or walking the street, seeing a blur of something, but until you begin and touch it, it’s just that… and it will change, alter, and surprise me as it goes… interior movements that precede and prepare, before words, before actions.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
UE: How tactile an idea can be. I like that people question, that my work comes to you in layers; you might first notice and be moved by the aesthetic, and upon reentering your look, you will notice something else. I’m interested in the humble and the sublime.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
UE: An uneven lifestyle. And the rhythm will change during different periods. And then there’s the business… pr, admin, marketing. I alternate between believing about importance of ‘balance’ and ‘balance is over-rated.’ If I’m too much with the admin and marketing, at some point I have to get tactile and touch my work, and beware anybody or anything in my way. At the same time, to just have the work, which IS where my bliss is, even when it’s challenging, has to be tempered with getting my work out in the world. So I need to be very present to do my work, which I consider ‘collaborative’. Look up ‘creative discontent’….
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?
UE: Both / And. Each project will call for its ‘set plan’ and you may only learn what it is when you’re in it.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
UE: Stay very open. Major lesson; best moment is no matter how challenging, it is still most satisfying to be in process of the work, with the work… even after all the exhibits, press, etc.
UE: Our tastes change over time. Integrity is of the highest importance. Stay true to yourself.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
UE: The many ideas (because there are so many) I won’t get to play with or explore.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
UE: No rules. All the materials and tools I get to play with *) Evoking inquiry in others.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
UE: Doris Salcedo, Eva Hesse (kindred spirit), Alberto Burri, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Alberto Giacometti
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
UE: Unprecedented… to have our work introduced, discovered, shared by people all over the planet. I want to integrate some into my work.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
UE: It is because of how I view the world, my impatience, boredom, often a desire for things to be different than they are, which makes me yearn and keeps me driven to make, produce, create. I like that people question what I’m doing; ‘how did you do that?”
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
UE: You caught me during ‘wanderlust.’ Which means I have a longing to go explore, travel, and because I’m not right now, my ‘traveling’ is taken up with experimenting with materials and tools. I have an urge to change, alter, conceal, unconceal, reveal; all that is a form of travel. Mexico.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
UE: Too many. My first influence is music, and books, words, text, languages. Books have been best friends. Salvador Salgado.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
UE: That it grow, develop and find its way to touching more people on the planet.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
UE: Be open, explore. Stay curious; philosophy, spirituality, science, technology, music, human behavior, etc….
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
UE: Because David Bowie just died, RIP Bowie, “Space Oddity” Ground Control to Major Tom / Ground Control to Major Tom / Take your protein pills and put your helmet on / Ground Control to Major Tom
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
UE: Skin is the tactile layer between the interior and exterior. This influences my work; its climate and topography. My work explores dichotomy; micro/micro absence/presence, fragility/substance.
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