The Artist’s Studio: Interview with the Artist’s Daughter!
Here is an interview with the Artist’s Daughter. I was hoping it would give a clear idea of some of the trials and tribulations of being an independent artist while having to raise a family. I also thought it might give a clear idea of things in my practice as I adjusted through trial and error.As a society we are often enamored by those who those who suffered while creating great works of art. As example the stories of Vincent Van Gogh,Gauguin , Egon Scheile, Modigliani all created MASTERPIECES during their struggle to create one thing we fail to realize is the consequences it might have had on their family. It is something we gladly omit from their legend. You see for along time I was set on being a “starving romantic Artist” and well it worked. Which was great until I had my child. At which point being dedicated to my trade took a lot more gumption and sacrifice than I could have imagined. We rolled through the diversity and my child experienced more poverty than I could have imagined. All the time I believed the sacrifice was for greater gains tomorrow so I continued working, believing it would benefit her and society better than if I just took a “REAL” job. I was hoping that this interview might address some of the realities we went through while I focused on my vision, I was hoping it might give some insight into the fact the only people who were hurt during my sojourn were those I loved.
Regardless of what happened or what we might have endured I just kept working and working trying to make my way through the darkness(and I can realate very well to what Van Gogh says into the linked video clip). Then one day as if by magic life got better than it had been in the entire eight years of her existence. I found a job that would accept me as I was and allow me to work on my practice if I chose, I had always been willing to work my dedication to my practice had warped me and my frustration brought out all my bad traits as often happens when one is in difficult circumstances. Through it all she rolled like a warrior. She kept a positive mental attitude and mostly she believed. I demanded a lot and she continually preformed that includes when we lived without electricity for four months and when asked what she thought of it all… she stated “It was great…kindda like camping” How is that for a PMA. There where periods where I knew her belief started to fade luckily kids are incredibly resilient. So although I was hoping to show some of the difficulties of raising a family as an artist or being raised by an artist, that is not what this video portrays. Please believe me when I state this little girl you see has seen her share of hardships. What I think this ended up showing is what I believed art was about, which is the power of the human spirit and the power to overcome. Which as a father is the best gift you can ever give to a child. Some of the answers you have to be on the inside. Like the time I was teaching a fighting class outside and a weirdo came a little to close to my daughter fer my comfort at which point I responded by tearing of my shirt ala Hulk Hogan and challenging the man to a fight to the death.
So this how my child has responded to growing up with a mad genius as a father. I know we still live WELL BELOW the POVERTY LINE and if I think about it it wasn’t too many months ago she was sleeping on a mat on the floor with the dog, she is still insistent on sleeping with the dog at least they sleep on a nice big bed now. I am also well aware of how RICH OUR LIVES are now.Having gone without makes living with much more bearable having also halted my path of self destruction saves time , money and grief. It’s a true RAGS to RICHES STORY without the riches…. YET. AS fer art I can’t say when I will create next (I guess if you thought about it I am creating right now). I am pretty comfortable with the body of work I have created to this point and right now I am too busy living life. I know in my heart of hearts my legacy will be honored and more importantly I know my daughter has the strength to create her own.
PS (I raised her as a bohemian so when it was time to rebel she would shoot for the straight and narrow.).
here are works and notes I believe give a little more insight into who she is
Her version of one of my works for an assignment about artists