Note: This post is part of a week-long series from guest editor Lindsay Anne Watson. Lindsay makes sad funnies in Portland, Oregon. She is the author and illustrator of I Don't Need Eyes, published in 2016 by Tiny Splendor. Her work can be seen at lindsayannewatson.space.
As curators, do you have anything to say about the special secret thing that connects a group of seemingly unrelated artists?
It does seem like a special secret thing that’s for sure, and something that is difficult to talk about… We are drawn to work that takes on multiple meanings, that seems to connect to narrative and poetry, but grounded in a dynamic visual sense.
When you think of the works of art and music and words that have stuck with you for a very long time, what is it that made it stick?
Apart from luck and timing, honest work seems to be the easiest for us to attach to… it’s not trying to be anything other than what it is. Does that make sense? Maybe not. (editor’s note: yes, it does.)
Work that develops over time, work that warrants a second viewing or reading: stuff that connects on different levels from the first time to the fifth to the fifteenth. Sometimes a poem or drawing can mean a completely different thing on Saturday than it did on Monday – those are the works that we cherish the most, the ones that change over time, the ones that have conceptual and aesthetic value.
Regarding your personal art, what is the main motivator? a need to create, a need to distract, a need for recognition, can you ever really know?
Fitzgerald: I usually start drawing from an initial idea that comes to me when I’m on a walk or reading or looking at art or comics... I jump off from an initial thought about color palette or pattern or composition, which I approach almost like a math problem to figure out, how I can get there from here. I usually work in long bursts and on lots of different projects at once. As far as a motivator, I think I’m motivated by the idea of finishing the projects that I’ve started, and also to engage in a dialogue with other artists through my work.
Heck: For me It’s an escape, usually during a lunch break or when I get home from a workday. Honestly it’s just a habit to pick up a pen and doodle and just write down phrases that struck me as interesting that I overheard that day. Also, seeing the work that everyone around me is creating is constantly inspiring me to never stop.
Cold Cube is a small risograph press based in Seattle publishing works by various cartoonists, poets, and photographers. Check out their books at http://www.coldcubepress.com