Art Talk - Ten Questions
A glimpse behind the scenes into the studios and creative workings from artists around the world. A fascinating insight and privileged look into what makes them tick and why they do what they do…
Martin Swan Artist
1. How long have you been an artist?
2. What is your preferred medium and roughly what is the process for creating your work?
Assemblages using authentic parts whenever possible as they have greater impact.
3. Describe your life as an artist in 3 words?
Frustrated, Frustrated, Frustrated.
4. Where do you draw your inspiration from and why?
War, conflict and societies attitudes towards them. I seek to provoke thoughts and feelings about our attitudes – discomfort is a good response.
5. Who or what has had the greatest influence on your art and career so far?
The DaDa movement.
6. One piece of advice for a new artist?
Don’t force it, let it flow.
7. What is the one item in the studio you couldn’t live without?
8. What music do you listen to when working in the studio?
No, I find it interrupts the flow of my thoughts.
9. What are the best and worst things about being an artist?
Seeing someone being stimulated by my work and not having enough funds to work on bigger projects.
10. Do you have a favourite app or technology that assists your working day?
I don’t rely upon apps as aids. I am stimulated by what I come across whilst online and through what I encounter around me.