It just doesn’t seem possible.
Time has flown. Yes, time flies when you’re enjoying yourself. It’s hard to believe, but as of this writing, May 2017, I’ve interviewed more than 400 visual artists. And I don’t mean interviewing them on the telephone or via television or the radio.
I’ve done in-depth, written correspondence interviews with more than 400 artists from all over the world. I interview them via email because I think there’s something more intimate (platonically and professionally, mind you) and honest about email correspondence. It’s the modern way of being pen pals with someone on the other side of the world.
It’s also very convenient. I ask talented artists questions and they answer them when we have time. But don’t get me wrong, this process isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a lot of work for me because … well … you can read all about it in my essay, “The Work Behind Artists Interviews.”
Anyway, I love interviewing talented artists because they have a world perspective that most people lack and since they’re “living in their creativity,” they also have high emotional intelligence which I love.
But there’s also something else. You’d be hard pressed to find another human being on the planet who loves contemporary art and artists more than I do. I love them so much that I want everyone to know about these fantastic artists and how they’re helping to make life in this often difficult and trying world more bearable. That’s the ticket.
Also, I strongly believe in literacy. Reading and writing are never going out of style. Education and enlightenment are crucial. Dialogue is essential. Thought and discourse are now more important than ever.
In some ways, we’re currently living through a dark period. Far too many people don’t want to read, they don’t want to write and they barely want to think. Life throws so much at us on a daily basis and we’re overwhelmed.
However, I truly believe that data, information, facts, conversation, confrontation and taking action still matter. They matter today more than ever.
Artists are visionaries. Granted, I sometimes think that artists can spend a little too much time in their studios, but that’s okay. If they don’t build, paint and sculpt … who will?
I will continue to interview artists because someone has to do it. This is a calling. God has given creative people unique gifts and I want to document some of that.
On numerous occasions, I’ve heard back from artists who’ve wanted me to interview them again. So many artists, so little time.
400 artists. Wow. Let’s bring on the next 400, shall we?