SAMUEL LASSO

CH.89: If you had to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

SL: I couldn’t do that, I like to experiment a lot with both materials and themes. Having freedom as a starting point is a wild beast.

CH.89: Where do you get your inspiration from?

SL: I believe I am susceptible to everything.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

SL: In general, all my projects are born from rambling, about the daily, from volatile thoughts, from walks through the city, looking around, and other times my projects are born from small ideas that I had when I was a child and refused everything. Then these ideas are nourished by texts and little by little they take shape. Everything is like clay or plasticine, an amalgam that is taking shape. However, a couple of projects were born from nowhere.  

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

SL: That they always take new ways of seeing it.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what is like?

SL: In Latin-American the lifestyle of an artist is marked by the economic reality. Many times, to have a study becomes a luxury. There are times I have been able to live from a sale I made of my work, other times I have helped other artists make their artworks. Also, I used to work as a designer. I have had a lot of support and very nice people around me, friends and colleagues who support each other and give you feedback. I am grateful for all of that.

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?

SL: I believe both are totally valid, in my case I like to move forward with a plan and make some sketches. The funny thing is the end result is never what I expect it to be. That is the best, playing to take the control.

CH.89: What is the one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

SL: To pay attention to my own existence.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

SL: Partially, nowadays, with so much algorithm, we should let ourselves get involved with other things and use them.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

SL: That many times there exists a distance and a dissonance with the world.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

SL: The same as the previous answer, that there exists a distance and a dissonance with the world.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

SL: I couldn’t choose just one.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

SL: Its not one of my biggest interests, but I like to think that everything could be a tool.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

SL: I don’t know how to answer this question with certainty.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

SL: Ciudad de Mexico is in my list of favorite cities, especially for “el gato volador” a little food cart in the street.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

SL: A book that I really appreciate is “Sun and Steel” by Yukio Mishima. His way of going about contradictions and facing them to transform himself is very interesting.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

SL: To keep investigating, and finding a way to live without depending so much on the art market (as I’ve been doing in recent years). I want to focus more on little projects, do things in the community and fellowships.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

SL: I don’t know, that word always carries a lot of uncertainties.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

SL: Joa Joys – Plen air, edited by High Heal in France.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

SL: I hope for spectators to be attentive and not generate classic or obvious readings about my works. I hope that my projects can be read more from their curiosities, for what they whisper in the shadows, for what maybe is not clear at all, and not for what I or they say.

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