Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Creative Souls Artist Interview with Sean Phillips

Artist Interview with Sean Phillips / Collage Artist
Sean Phillips is a collage artist and graphic designer who was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX, but now resides in Bakersfield, CA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. While he often works in graphic design, his true passion and artistic drive lies in the art of collage. To Sean, collage is playful and dramatic, even surreal and absurd. His focus is on creating works that are, often times, controversial but hold a sense of dark beauty with a vintage sense of design. Working with torn paper, scissors, and glue, he works to create art that speaks out to viewer, stirring emotions and thoughts to ideas that seem to take their place on the backburner of society.


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                                     Artist Playing Cards, Set #1. December, 2013

Are you self-taught?

I would really like to say that I am entirely self-taught. However, I have had an extensive
background in different art techniques. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing or
painting something. Most often drawing. I would sit in my classes at school, daydreaming, and
drawing whatever came to mind. Most of the time, I would draw monsters or images of war.
When I was in middle school, I took art both years. I continued Art Education throughout high
school, completing up to an Art IV Honors class. That was the class that laid the foundation for
the art that I truly love to create; collage. We were told at the beginning of class that our 
assignments were totally up to us. We would have a "concentration" of media or style. That
"concentration" that you picked would all you would create throughout the class, turning in a
new piece of work every week. I picked collage. Later on, I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where I obtained my Bachelors in Graphic Design in 2012. The Art Institute gave me
a lot of insight into the actual design process, color themes, and typography. I practiced graphic design for a while, but eventually found my way back to collage techniques. To make a really long story short, collage was something I was never taught. Collage comes freely to the artist. No one is responsible for showing me the process. I've studied it myself. Developed it through trial and error. I have created my own niche in my style.

Are you in love? Does that love help you create?

Love is a very wonderful thing. Yes, I am very much in love. I met the love of my life, my best friend, close to six years ago. Before I found her, I only thought I had been in love. She has changed my whole world. This love of ours, our beautiful relationship definitely puts the fire into my creativity. Never have I had someone who offers so much support for my work. She loves it. She helps me at times. She guides me. She inspires me. She is truly my biggest fan and my hero at the same time. And that feels really good; it keeps my fire burning.

What was the last movie you went to see?

Most of the time, we watch movies at home on Netflix. But, the last movie I actually went to see was, "The Devil's Due". Horror and supernatural are my go-to in movies. I absolutely love them! In fact, horror and the supernatural hold a lot of influence for me in my work.

                                         "Satanas" (closeup detail) July, 2014

What personally motivated you to begin creating?

I had honestly just come to a point where I felt inadequate. I felt like there has to be something more for me to offer this world. I have never been at a point where I am looking for fame from my artwork. But, I just wanted to matter. I want to leave a mark. If anything, for my children. I want their kids and their kids to know me, and what I was about; who I was.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I would really like to be able to say that I am only an artist. However, most of my jobs have been the likes of warehouse-type jobs; shipping and receiving. A lot of delivery jobs. In fact, at the time, I work for FedEx. Whatever pays the bills.

                                                         "Juliette" August, 2014

What do you dislike about the art world?

Oh, this is a great question. One of the main things that I can honestly say that I dislike about the art world right now is how competitive it is. We are in a time of technology (Photoshop, Illustrator, so many drawing apps, and photo manipulation apps, etc.). Where everyone has these amazing cell phones with all of these apps that do everything for you. Most of everyone truly believes that they are an artist or photographer, of sorts. And their work is everywhere. It clogs up blogs of all kinds. It is posted all over Facebook and such. And I'm not saying their work is bad, or just because it was created by technology, that it is bad. In fact, I love exploring all sorts of artwork and photography of all kinds. But there is so much. The art world is saturated. It's hard to stand out when you are drowning in a vast ocean of artwork of all kinds, displayed everywhere. The Cezanne's, Picasso's, Ansel Adams, and Van Gogh's of the world are there. Somewhere. I know it. But they are hard to find. They are lost. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The best piece of advice I have ever been given, came from a man named Peter Steele, the lead singer of Type O Negative. I had many chances to meet him, and he was the greatest guy. Just so down to earth. We had been discussing a type of music that I was wanting to create. (I was a very active musician many years ago) I was younger and so worried about pleasing everyone else. I thought what everyone else would think of my actions or beliefs so much, that I hid them most of the time. Peter told me, "Forget everyone else! If they love you, they love you. They will be there for you in the end. You do for you! Do what makes you happy and what will make you the man that you want to be. The man that you want to present to the world. That is where you will be the happiest." From that point forward, I have tried with everything I have  to follow that advice. RIP Peter Steele. Thank you!

  Professionally, what’s your goal?

I would eventually like for my artwork to help provide a living for my family. But, I am honestly happy to say that I just enjoy doing it. Pieces of me, who I am, goes into each and every single piece. I just my work to be out there for people to enjoy.

                                    "Deep Conversations" September, 2013

What art do you most identify with?

I really love collage. Collage is my favorite art. I love the absurdity of it. I love when you see a piece and it's so ridiculous, it's genius. The surreal environments created get me. The often haunting imagery in collage is what drives me. I am a huge fan of the Dada movement. Anything surreal, rebellious, or controversial. I love art that makes the viewer think. It needs to move them, whether negatively or in a positive manner. I identify with art that makes you speak out, or shout out, for that matter; art that develops and inspires change and new ideas.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

I forget what age I was. Possibly somewhere between 4-6. My grandparents had come to visit. I loved them so much. When it was time for them to go back home, I asked my mom if I could go home with them. The answer was, "No." So I decided to leave the house and hide myself in the floor of the backseat of their car. I was going to run away, so to speak. The car started and began to move. I remember being so excited that it was working, and that I had not been caught yet. Meanwhile, my parents had began looking for me and
became so worried that they called the police. We made it to my grandparents house and I let them get out and get to the front door before letting myself out of the car. I didn't want to surprise them too quickly. I finally popped my head up and made my way out of the car. I went inside and they were so confused on how I got there. I told them I had been hiding in the backseat the whole time. My Mammaw immediately called my mom on the phone and said, "Are you missing someone?" They brought be back home. My mom was a wreck. The police were looking for me. I was in huge trouble. That is a story that my mom makes sure she tells anyone and everyone about me.

What themes do you pursue?

Most of the themes in my artwork are very dark and haunting imagery. I never sit down with a certain idea in mind though. I never know what will be created. I began to tear books, magazines, and paper apart. Ideas begin to flow, and my work comes to life. I like to use controversial images. These can include anatomy, gore, industrial and technical images, images of war, religious, anti-religious, and anti-government images. I also use quite a bit of the human form. Most of the work I create is a message to myself. Whether others can see it, I don't know. But most of them are my ideas and beliefs about society and where it's going. The wrongs that are done to people. The media. Everything that I feel is messed up in the world and needs a rebirth.

                                       "Andrea's Remorse" October, 2014

How many pieces of work do you produce in a year?

As of lately, it has been around 24-27 pieces a year. I would really like to increase this number drastically. I have been wanting to do one collage a day.

What would you consider your largest success to date in your art career?

Just staying consistent. Sticking with it. I consider myself successful if I can just consistently create more and more artwork. I just don't want to fall out of the loop. There are so many times I sit down to create something, and nothing comes. I get so frustrated. Often times, I just walk away. At times, it's been a couple of months of nothing. But, I come  around. Sometimes with something that even blows my mind. It makes me proud of myself, and I think that's important.

Which past and present artists do you admire?

Hannah Hoch and Raoul Hausmann are, hands down, my favorite artist. I mean, there is so much great work out there. But something about their work just really draws me in. I love the imagery. In fact, they were some of my biggest inspirations in what I wanted to do. I love the haphazard absurdity in their collage work. I love the darkness. I love the rebellion and everything it represents. Presently, one of my favorite artists is Maja Egli. To me, everything she does is golden. Her ability to manipulate portraits of people through torn strips of paper absolutely amazes me. Her color schemes and the images she uses...I have no words. Excellent work! Just genius! Please, look her up.

                                                "Mommy, Daddy!" September, 2013

What is your favorite piece that you have created so far?  (if so, do you have a photo?)

My favorite piece has to be a piece that I titled, "Mommy, Daddy!" What makes it my favorite piece, and not many know this, but it was created with the help of my daughter. She sat with me one night while I had begun working on it. She helped me pick out images that I wanted to use. She helped me with the ideas for
the content of it and helped me put it together. A lot of times, I don't think that she feels she did that much, but she did. I enjoyed our time together. I enjoyed that she wanted to help. I'm sure a lot of people don't feel that it is my strongest work. But, that is what makes it special, and makes it stand out to me.

Do you listen to music while creating? / Is music an influence on your work? if so what is your favorite

Absolutely! I always listen to music when I sit down to collage. The music always takes me to the place I need to go in my mind. I know it sounds weird, but there is this place inside of me where inspiration and creativity comes from. It is hard to explain. Possibly a deeper sense of my subconscious mind. If I sit in the quiet, nothing comes. So, yes. All of the time, I listen to music. My favorites are those that are extremely thought-provoking to me. I love poetic, dark music. I like complexity. A lot of my collages were made by listening to a group called HURT, especially their albums, Vol. I and Vol. II. I also constantly listen to and group called My Dying Bride. I love My Dying Bride. The lyrics, the music; it always gets me where I need to be to create. It inspires me and motivates me.

For you personally, do you feel the internet has had a positive or negative influence on your work?

I feel the internet has had a tremendous, positive impact and influence on my work. Because of the internet, I have had a chance to study and view many more styles. I have also been able to network with other artists, which I absolutely love doing. I've had a chance to work with and collaborate with a lot of other great collage artists. Because of the internet, especially social networking, my work has really got around. It always surprises me when I wake up some random morning and someone, somewhere is featuring my work on their blog or page. Or, I've seen my work as someone's cover photo on their Facebook page. It's odd and crazy at the same time. But, it feels good. It feels good to know that people are liking the artwork that I create. It motivates me. That is where I find I feel most successful at this point.

What good advice can you pass along, to emerging artists?

The best advice I can give, is the best advice I've received. Stay with it! Find your niche, and stick with it. Stay consistent with what you want to do. Forget about how you are going to please everyone and please
yourself. Someone will find you. In fact, many will find you and they will love what you are doing. Make friends and network your pieces with others as much as possible. Take every opportunity as much as possible with your work. If there is an opening in an exhibition, throw away the fears and take it. Even if you don't get picked, you tried. But eventually, someone will pick you, and it is one of the greatest feelings in the world. 

                                                   "Fallen Angel" June, 2012

What type of materials do you most love to create with?

I use a lot of various materials. I love classic and vintage magazines. I look for old McCall's magazines quite a bit. I use a lot of advertising, colored paper of various textures. Basically, anything I can get my hands on I use. I am constantly tearing up books and magazines. Sometimes I feel it's addicting; my constant search for materials. I find myself walking the sidewalk, or across a parking lot and I am always looking for pieces of paper on the ground. I'm always looking for anything I can use. It's odd, I know. But it works for me.

Why do you think people should buy handmade?

I know a lot of people like to purchase prints. Prints are good. But there is something so great about handmade artwork. It's real. You can feel how real it is when you are holding it in your hands. Artists put their heart and soul into the work they create. And I don't think a lot of people realize that and just take it for granted. My wife once explained to me, "I love when you find a really good fruit. And when you are eating it, you can taste the nature in it. You can taste the rain, the sunshine, the fruitful soil, and the Earth. You can taste exactly how it came to be." I feel it's the same idea with handmade artwork. When one buys a piece of handmade artwork, you are getting a physical piece of the artist's heart and soul. You can see and feel their time spent, their thoughts and emotions, their inspiration, their heart. It's all there. And it means something. It feels like you really have something. Something way more special than a print.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hello to all of you Creative Souls! Promoting Time!!
CS is revived and ready to take on new ventures. We are currently looking for artists to interview for our upcoming new website, blog & social pages.
If you are interested in applying, please leave a comment with your name, email and website. We will in turn contact you to send you your interview questions, photos & links.
Please leave a comment below if you are interested in being interviewed.
Looking forward to this!!! Thanks!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

And The Winner is….

It was neck in neck for a while but the votes are in and with 153 votes….

Larry Zdeb's "Meaningless Numbers"

is the winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered and voted. Stay tuned because we will be having (hopefully) and even bigger art contest in January!

Be sure to check out more of Larry's work here!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cash Prize CS art contest

The voting poll for our CS ART CONTEST has gone live! Please vote here - http://csartcontest.blogspot.com/ 
You have until Sunday, November 24th to vote. You only have one so make it count! Make sure to tell all your friends!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekly News at Creative Souls

A Touch of Wanderlust
 PLEASE continue to read her awesome story & interview at the new Artist Interview group here

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Introducing...YOU Group here
COMICS Group here
New Mixed Media Techniques group here
New Photoshop group Montages, Manipulations & more 
 Creative Post Card Swap ~ here
 Creative ATC swap ~  here
 What’s For Sale today ~ here
 CS Book Club now featuring “The Artist Way” ~ here

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Creative Souls is all about helping promote artists & what better way than with an art competition!!

The Theme for this contest is "Chipped - Cracked - Distressed"

DEADLINE: November 15, 2013

Excepted works will be any medium~ photography, poetry, painting, sewing, journaling, assembledge, art dolls, digital, etc..

VOTING: When the voting poll is live...You can help spread the word by having your fans come vote for you & other Creative Soul members. Please vote only once.

Entry fee will be $6.00 per entry. If you have more than one entry, you will have to pay the $6 for each entry. One dollar per entry will go toward keeping the site open. The rest will be for the winner!

The amount of the prize will depend on how many artists participate.

The winner will  be featured on our blog, facebook fan page & on the CS main page.

So make sure you tell all your friends to come vote!!

high resolution photo, not too large
any medium
jpeg only
your name & title of art piece
Please email info & photo to ra4kennedy@embarqmail.com

please pay entry fee before sending info ~use this link to pay

when making pay pal payment I will need all pertinent info in your paypal invoice ~name/names (Creative Souls name) & title of your artwork
Thank you & lets have some fun with this next competion!!

CS News October 15, 2013

Hello Everyone!
I just wanted to catch everyone up on things here at CS. 
First, Izabella has decided to give CS to me. She is still here helping me and working on some other stuff. I never thought that I would be running this site when I joined many years ago! It has been so inspiring and fun meeting all of you and I hope that I will be able to bring fun and inspiration for you as well! Thank you Izabella!
Right now I am hosting an art contest at CS. There is a cash prize! For all the details go to the main page at CS. Hurry though! The deadline is November 15th!
If you have a website or blog you would like to advertise on our main page please let me know. It will be $15 for three months.
Want to teach a class? Please let me know and we can set that up!
If you haven't lately, please check out our active groups! we have two brand new ones started by Thomas A Marino including - 
Animation group here
COMICS Group here
We also have these groups below - 
New Mixed Media Techniques group here
New Photoshop group Montages, Manipulations & more 
Creative Post Card Swap ~ here
 Creative ATC swap ~  here
 What’s For Sale today ~ here
Facebook Art for sale page - here

I want to encourage you all to share your work and join in! If you have any questions or ideas please let me know. We also have Patti Koosed and Kym Decker her as Administrators to help too!
I hope that I covered everything!
Thank you so much and have a great day!
Angela Kennedy

Monday, August 26, 2013

Creative Souls Featured Artist

A Touch of Wanderlust

Roxann Murray grew up in the backwoods of GrahamWA. Since she was a little girl, she has had a strong bond with the natural world. Roxann graduated from UW Tacoma in 2009 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. Her dreams are to travel the world and take pictures for National Geographic and Afar Magazine.

What makes you tick?
Injustices done to animals and humans, the 1%, social issues, environmental issues, and body image. Lyme disease also makes me tick (no pun intended!).

If I looked in your purse, what would I find?
Business cards, a wallet, perfume, lip gloss, small notepad, mints, lotion… the usual in a girl’s purse.

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
It depends on the amount! Let’s put a number down: $10 million- I would continue my global travels including Bali, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Europe, South Africa, Kenya, India, Central America, Peru, and many others. I would buy a house in Costa Rica, the Philippines, and build an earthship in Santa Fe or Seattle with 2 to 5 acres for each. I would buy a house for my mom. I would donate to some animal and human rights groups and also donate organizations which help Chronic Lyme patients who have no help. I would buy an electric car or a car that runs on vegetable oil. I would open my own shop- a bookstore with my art and other local art. I would have lunch with Hugh Jackman, Ashley Judd, Rebel Wilson, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Roseanne Barr. I would have the time to volunteer at animal shelters and homeless shelters. And last but not least, I would get proper treatment for my Chronic Lyme.

What is the last book you read?-
I read the Moon travel handbook “Santa FeTaos, & Albuquerque” because I am visiting that area in October, and I am currently reading the Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein (it should be an assigned reading to all first year undergraduates). 

What was the last movie you went to see?
Silver Linings Playbook in the theatre, Gasland at home.

Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see?
Ellen Page or Jennifer Lawrence as myself. Bruno Mars as Frank, my significant other (someone said he looks like the singer…I don’t really see it), Diane Keaton as my mom, and Tommy Lee Jones as my dad.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?-
I fell in the mud in high school and my mom couldn’t bring me another set of clothes so I had to spend the rest of the day with mud-caked pants.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?-
I have been struggling with Chronic Lyme. It was a medical mystery at first, I was having all these problems and since I was diagnosed, I have been hitting brick walls ever since. I have started making art about living with Lyme.

Is the artistic life lonely?
It definitely can be! A lot of artists including myself are misunderstood.

What do you dislike about the art world? –
People in the art world such as professors and curators are under the impression that there are rules to art- there are no rules (except for copyright rules).

What makes you angry?
Climate change, patriarchy, the military industrial complex, government corruption,  fracking, war, religion, injustices, politics, betrayal, having a disease that is not recognized in the medical field, the amount of money you need in order to get an education, animal abuse/neglect, child abuse/neglect, the 1% elite, and struggling to sell my art.

Name something you love, and why.
My camera- as my memory fades, I have my photographs. 

What is your dream project?
A funded travel photography project around the world.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
I want what every artist wants- to sell my art without going insane. 

Explain what you do in 100 words
            I am a 3rd generation artist and nature child. I travel and wander to stay happy. I consider myself a digital/mixed media artist seeing that I work with collage, photographs, colored pencils, ink, paint, and recycled materials. Photography is the medium that I am most dedicated to. Although I do not limit myself to the subjects I photograph, I enjoy capturing images of animals and nature the most.
I use art as a way of healing. Carrying a camera, especially around animals, is like a prescription for me. Taking photographs makes me feel safe and normal in a changing society.

What themes do you pursue?
            Travel, nature, wildlife, body image, environmental issues, human rights, politics, Mexican folk art

Which past and present artists do you admire?

Frida Kahlo, Banksy, Nikki McClure, Chandler O’Leary, Deborah faye Lawrence, Jerry Uelsmann, Guerrilla Girls, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Bissell, Jose Posada, Judy Baca, Walton Ford, Teesha Moore

What are your favorite materials?
My camera, fine tip pens, found natural objects, and colored pencils
For you personally, do you feel the internet has had a postive or negative influence on your work?
Both- I say what I think and feel and many people do not like that. On the other hand, social media makes networking easy. There is so much information out there, it’s overwhelming.

What good advice can you pass along, to emerging artists?
Pace yourself and don’t take things too personally. Do what you want (as long as it’s legal and not harming anyone) and screw everyone else who tries to stop you.

Thanks for the opportunity!!

-Roxann L. Murray

"The artist transcends the immediate, the here and now, and the madness of the world." -Howard Zinn

Friday, June 28, 2013

CS Featured Artists Jennifer & Roman



Name: Roman and Jennifer 
Columbus, Ohio
Roman is originally from Saint Petersburg Russia
Jennifer is from Manchester New Hampshire
Email:  romanandjennifer@hotmail.com
Etsy: http://www.romanandjennifer.etsy.com
Roman's website - http://www.romansirotin.com
Jennifer's website - http://www.jennifergordonart.com



How did you meet? I’m sure roman’s answer will be less sentimental, but here goes….I was given a gift certificate for ballroom dance lessons, it was something I wanted to do more than anything, the only problem being is that I was a the height of a pretty severe bout of depression and agoraphobia. I was working as an artist from home, I had no real friends at the time, days went by without leaving the house even to go to the mail box. So though I wanted to dance more than anything I was scared to death to even try. It took 8 months for me to build up the courage to go in for a lesson. I think I lost 5 lbs that week, I was so scared.
Finally on the day of the lesson I walked in the door of the studio feeling like I would get sick on the floor….when a blond Russian looked at me from across the room, ran, jumped over a table and hugged me and said “you must be Jennifer, I’m Roman I’ll be dancing with you”.
I was a little creeped out…..and the rest is history

How did the dance partnership blossom into the artistic partnership? Well we had a student/teacher/friend relationship  the first 7 months of knowing each other, it was not until Roman left the dance studio that we started really collaborating. We met at a Panera the next day and decided to start writing a fictional non fiction story.
We wrote together for a while, then sort of drifted apart for a bit, by then I was a ballroom dance instructor. I decided to leave the art scene, I was so burned out, the art had lost all creativity and feeling, though I was incredibly successful at the time….I stopped being happy .So I left that world and started dancing….I had a couple dance partners but they were not the right fit, the connection was not there. Roman came back to the studio and we started dancing together again, started experimenting with movement and darker themed music. We slowly started to leave the ideas of traditional “ballroom” dance behind us. We started improvising all of our dances and movement. I think that was the start of the real artistic partnership. That and the mutual love for Chinese food and finding abandoned places we can sneak into to take photos. I think we became each other’s muses….photography led to painting and music and more writing. I found myself inspired again by art, Roman did this, he the working together, he sees when I need to take things less seriously and pulls me out of extreme neurosis.
We left the ballroom world in March, we still dance but the the overall creation of something beautiful has become the main goal.

What about the other person inspires you? the color of his eyes are the color of insanity….it’s a song lyric but it applies.

Why do you work together? He makes me a better artist, he challenges me on a daily basis…..he is my muse and it's an honor to be let into his mind, which is brilliant and the most genius I have ever known.

What personally motivated you to begin creating? It’s this or interact with the outside world.

What’s your most embarrassing moment? Everything up until right now.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist? Coffee barista, retail slave, magician’s assistant, actress, dancer, model, gallery girl, and I sold porn magazines at a slightly shady store.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you? I find inspiration in the moments of each day, beautiful ones I find myself nostalgic for before they even end….the terrible moments…they are all inspirational. I guess the few times in my life my heart was shattered are the most inspirational

How did your style develop?  I know the kinds of things I like to look at, listen to and be surrounded by.....I guess I just started to make things I wanted to be around. I love forgotten things, lost letters old walls, old photos so I collected things like that, the work was born out of that. 

Is the artistic life lonely?  It can be isolating and terrifying under the wrong circumstances….but under the right ones I prefer my own company to anyone else’s.

What do you dislike about the art world? The business of it, the pretense, the stuffy art openings when everyone is trying to impress each other and no one is looking at what’s on the walls

What makes you angry? Emotional withholding, in myself and in others, also tardiness

Name something you love, and why. Rain, The smell, it smells like what happiness should be.

Name something you don’t love, and why. Lack of curiosity, it reeks of ignorance and laziness.

What is your dream project? Going to Chernobyl with roman to take photos, 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “don’t go to Chernobyl it will give you cancer”

Professionally, what’s your goal? Make something beautiful. Don’t starve to death.

What wouldn’t you do without? i think I could make do without almost anything, i guess if Iost myself that would be fate worse than death. As long as I have my imagination and the ability to daydream everything else in the world can fade into nothing.

Why do you do what you do?  there is no other way

Explain what you do in 100 words- i'm a magician I make sad and beautiful things i write poems about ghosts and scars dance to music that allows me to pretend I am no longer human and take photos of places no one sees, and people the way no one sees them.

What art do you most identify with? Mixed media anything with a lot of layers, hidden secrets….also Roman’s photography

What work do you most enjoying doing? do what you love and it's not work.....

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood? large abandoned hotel on Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire lighthouse in the background on another island, foot steps echoing in large empty hallways. My parents were bored and I was in heaven

What themes do you pursue? Victorian malaise, decay, faded beauty, a slow demise into mental illness.

How many pieces of work do you produce in a year? Countless. Every moment is a piece of work.

Has anyone in your life influenced your work? everyone influences me either good inspiration or bad

What would you consider your largest success to date in your art career? having work shown this july in a gallery in ny, Also the recent paintings I have done with roman are personal successes. 

What are your goals for 2013- don't starve to death

Which past & present artists do admire? Waterhouse Klimpt, Mucha, Nan Golden, Lillian Bassman, Wes Anderson, Sebastian Horsely, Chuck Palahniuk, Brett Easton Ellis, Anne Sexton, Donald Hall, Damien Rice.

Do you remember the first piece you created?  (if so, do you have a picture of your first art piece?) don't remember, probably something terrible but very earnest

What is your favorite piece that you have created so far?  (if so, do you have a photo?) Divine comedy paintings done with Roman, they are our monster, a portrait of our demons, and a masterpiece

Do you listen to music while creating? / Is music an influence on your work? if so what is your favorite? There is usually music playing anything from classical to ambient electronic to black metal, depends on the day.

What are your favorite materials? paper ,time, imagination, loss, love

For you personally, do you feel the internet has had a postive or negative influence on your work? well for many years it allowed me to live comfortably and sell art for a living....when I sold under the name "stilettoheights" on etsy I did very well on the internet, after my 2 year sabbatical things seem different online,....bigger, colder. I think it still is a great influence on the work though because the ease in which to find new artists is incredible

What good advice can you pass along, to emerging artists? make something you love, don't listen to anyone else.

What is your first memory of your craft? Are you self taught or did someone teach & encourage you? I taught myself, as for encouragement, it started happening when I started selling my work. Now I learn and am encouraged on a daily basis....it's the beauty of having a collaborator.

How would you describe the style of your work?  layered with metaphor, visual time travel victorian melancholy. 

What type of materials do you most love to create with? old paper, dead flowers, found objects

When you shop for materials, what makes you shake in your boots & screams to you "BUY ME"! Anything with a story to tell, I will always be a sucker for old letters, and photos that someone has thrown away/

What are your inspirations? my dreams, ghosts, past lives, love, loss

Why do you think people should buy handmade?  there is no reason to not.


How did you meet?
We met at a dance studio. I am pretty sure i jumped over a table and a
chair to greet her and then hugged her like a maniac (they want you to
be excited for your costumers at Fred Astaire). She was my student for
about seven months and then I quit because she was the only
entertaining thing there and I wasn't motivated to make money but art.

How did the dance partnership blossom into the artistic partnership?

It was first an artistic partnership. The first time I quit dance
business, we were already writing together. It was partly for my
collage writing class. After multiple partners who had the
intelligence and emotional depth of a squirrel, I decided i would
rather make something beautiful then waste my time on an empty but a
"successful" moment.

What about the other person inspires you?
The female hysteria and general malaise.

Why do you work together?
It does me honor to just be in company with a creative genius like
Jennifer. It's the aura and the energy of an artist that people feed
off of. Most people are like vermin when it comes to that, but to
really communicate you need to get to a higher level. Communication
with ordinary human beings is unbearable.

What personally motivated you to begin creating?
With the impossibility to destroy the world or kill myself, I decided
to make the best of what there is.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Can't remember, probably blocked it out.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I was a waiter at a Turkish restaurant for a year and I've taught
Ballroom dance at Fred Astaire for about four years. They should make
a sitcom about it. A misanthrope in the service industry.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
The time where you lay in bed right about to fall asleep is always eye-opening.

Is the artistic life lonely?
Yes, but only when it's stops being an artistic life. If you're lonely
by yourself then you're in a bad company.

What do you dislike about the art world?
The artists, the galleries, the people who see the art and the people
who buy and sell it.

Name something you love, and why.
The ability to change. Morphing into something new is an ability we
all have but are too sane to do it. Boredom is the only evil.

Name something you don’t love, and why.
The holidays. They remind us that nothing is special.

What is your dream project?

To go on a tour where I perform the the most outrageous fits of becoming.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Buy our artwork, give us attention, and lots of money.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
Try not to starve to death, but I will try anything once.

What wouldn’t you do without?
I could probably do without anything at all. Anything at all...

Why do you do what you do?

The clock is ticking and death is the deadline, yet there is
absolutely nothing worth doing.

What art do you most identify with?
Music. It's been with me since the beginning and it will be with me at my end.

What work do you most enjoying doing?
Nobody enjoys doing work but everybody loves to play but nobody
remembers how to play.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
Watching the rain hit the puddles.

What themes do you pursue?
The extremes of human emotion

How many pieces of work do you produce in a year?

It really depends what medium we focus on and how much focus we give
it. I started working on producing electronic music since i quit my
job and we also started taking hundreds more pictures then before.
Right now we are working on a dance piece to submit or perform
somewhere. We also started working on still-art this week.

What would you consider your largest success to date in your art career?
Our works are being exhibited in New York this July, 2013.

What are your goals for 2013

Learn how to sing and play guitar.

Which past & present artists do admire?
Emil Cioran, Yoshiki Hayashi, Kim Carlsson from Hypothermia, Andrei
Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa, Takeshi Kitano, Luis Bunuel, Sebastian
Horsley, Klaus Kinski, Chuck Palahniuk. Not in any order and too many
to list.

Do you remember the first piece you created?  (if so, do you have a
picture of your first art piece?)


What is your favorite piece that you have created so far?  (if so, do
you have a photo?)

The Divine Comedy. Its a disgusting looking triptych painting that is
the definition of a masterpiece. Its sad that we can't share it
because a photo doesn't do it justice. There is so little galleries
here and half of them don't even reply.

Do you listen to music while creating? Is music an influence on your
if so what is your favorite
More often then not. Sometimes we listen to classical music, sometimes
to deep dungeon dubstep. You never know.

For you personally, do you feel the internet has had a positive or
negative influence on your work?

The internet has always been my main source of finding new art.
Especially music, since most local artists are totally worthless. A
good balance is the key I guess, but somehow pornography always finds
a way into my work. Not just in a sexual sense but in a sense that it
kills innocence and the magic of real life experience.

What good advice can you pass along, to emerging artists?

I like egg sandwiches, cheesecakes and fruit if you ever meet me.

What is your first memory of your craft? Are you self taught or did
someone teach & encourage you?

Acting was my first craft which my mother had me and my brother do.
For the holidays, we did small performances for our family when we
were little. My mother is a painter, designer and a writer although
she doesn't think so.

How would you describe the style of your work?
It's like standing on top of a snow covered mountain, walking through
the dense fog without knowing where the edge is.

What type of materials do you most love to create with?
Organic ones. Instruments over digital, hands over brushes, living
over writing, laughter over art.

When you shop for materials, what makes you shake in your boots &
screams to you "BUY ME"!

This country is so diseased by advertisements that everything already
screams that at me. I hardly shop for materials and last week i found
a mirror in the dumpster to paint on.

What are your inspirations?

Imagination. Existence is communicating with itself all the time.
Imagination is the undefined nonsense that makes this life possible.
So you could say I am in love with death and it's fearful mysterious

Why do you think people should buy handmade?
I don't think they should buy anything except our work, regardless
whether it's handmade or not cause you know it will be beautiful.


(Jennifer to Roman)

1- what inspires you? why?
Repression. You never see anyone scream in public, nor do you ever see anything unusual. Bringing a bit of individual essence to the world that's incredibly dull is my aim.

3- describe your perfect day?
Walking around ordinary environment in complete ecstasy and bliss.

4- do you believe in ghosts?
Yes, i happen to know one. Luckily she is a friendly ghost and we make art together. Sometimes if you're lucky you will get a chance to see us haunt different places.

5- can 2 people share the same dream?
I believe so. I've had occasions in my childhood where me and my brother were in the same dream. I think it can be done again with enough training.
6- what is the strongest of your senses?
My ears. But it's unfortunate that God gave us eyelids to shut out what is ugly but he didn't give us earflaps to shut out what is boring.

7- you have an in incredible ability to remember all music you have ever heard, how does this affect your memories?
Not true. Only the music that i ever enjoyed. It effects my memory in quite a bad way actually, because i don't bother remembering a lot of things.

8- what is the first music you remember hearing?
My mother's lullaby.

9- what makes you the most nervous?
Lack of energy.

10- what is your favorite book?
Probably Sebastian Horsley's memoir "Dandy in the Underworld"

11- what is your favorite quality in a person?
The funny.

12- what do you hate most (at this very moment)
The sleepiness

13- planes trains or automobiles? how do you prefer to travel
Trains of course. It has been many years since I've been on one.

14- dream "vacation"?
If it has to be this planet then i would say Chernobyl. The kind environment i grew up in, except destroyed. What can be more inspiring then that?

15- do you sing in the shower
No, usually just in public.

16- if you could time travel, what time would you go to?
Sometime before or after human existence.

17- favorite art form?
Cinema since it incorporates all the mediums.

18- favorite artist?
Jennifer Gordon at the moment.

19- do you prefer being happy, sad, angry, bittersweet?
Bittersweet and a little sour.

20- do you believe in regrets?
I don't, but that's maybe it's because i don't have any. At least not yet.

21- if you could be a criminal of some kind and get away with it, what kind would you be?
A tyrant. It even has a nice ring to it.

Roman to Jennifer

1. In what kind of place did you grow up and what kind of influence had it had on your life?

I grew up in New Hampshire, which is a stereotypical part of New England....it's beautiful, historic, brutally cold in winter, and deep thick air during summer, the autumns are perfect. The east coast has abandoned factories and mills the way the midwest has farms, and the west has the desert. It is the landscape just as much as the rocky coast line and the granite filled mountains.
My family was very 'east coast' they were not overly warm or affectionate, they were closed off emotionally to "outsiders" or to the public,  and were fiercely private. That's not to say they were unemotional, they were just at odds I believe on how one should express emotions perhaps. This has shaped me, I realize more now than I used to how much an influence my upbringing and the locale has had on me, and in turn, being away from that 'home' has also had a profound effect. A intense feeling of displacement. It is almost tangible.

2. What is your biggest life accomplishment? - just the every day survival of life....not killing myself, or becoming a shut in.....pretty big accomplishments to be honest.

3. What are you working on at the moment? - trifecta of paintings with my artistic collaborator. Photos, a series of short stories, and thousand different moments merged into dance.

4. What individuals had the most influence in your life, be it bad or good? everyone leaves a finger print on your life, even strangers on the street, and good and bad is all how you look at it. If I had to narrow it down I would have to say my mother has had the biggest influence on my life.....both good and bad.

5. What's the biggest hardship you went through? my father being ill, watching a person deteriorate in front of your eyes, become literally and figuratively a shell. It was horrifying. Also living in ohio....

6. Have you ever had a supernatural experience? Yes, my father was sick for a long time, and while living in the house he had a bell that he would ring to get my mom's attention, because he was too weak to talk. After he passed away my mother moved to miami and I moved back into the house, every night for about a month I would wake up to the sound of a bell, very clearly coming from his downstairs bedroom. I feel like he was confused, my mother was no longer there and he was trying to find her. one night I went downstairs and just talked to the air, explained where my mom went, and that the bell was scaring me, though I knew he did not mean to. It stopped after that.....I only heard it on a few occasions after that, usually when I was under a lot of emotional stress, or if  I was very sad. As if he was reassuring me. I have other ghost stories too....but this one is the least frightening to me to tell.

7. What artist are inspiring you at the moment? Roman Sirotin.....someday he will be studied in books, and statues will be carved of him. He .is a beautiful, mad, genius

8. If you could replace any season and weather, what would you replace it with? I would probably get rid of summer, specifically oppressive heat, though I would keep summer rain storms, on the ocean. I would replace everything with autumn, or sire and flood....but fire and flood are not really a "weather"

9. What do you like about yourself the most? that I can be funny.....also I think I'm capable of deeply profound
heart hurting love (this is something I sometimes can hate too).

10. Do you think there is art or questions that are just too personal? no such thing as too personal art, and questions only seem too personal when the wrong person is asking. You can ask me anything ;)

11. What kind of significance do you think your art has on you and other people? art is a diary, i can speak without talking, which I love. most time talking gets in the way. silence is best. I hope other people feel the same way

12. What kind of environment is the most inspiring and uninspiring to you? I love faded beauty, people and places that were once stunning, and have somehow fallen into disrepair, where the only thing left of who or what they once were is the memory, or the ghost. it's why i love abandoned places, and why I love a beautiful face with sad or haunted eyes.

13. In the grand scheme of things, what do you think the meaning and purpose behind all this? To feel

14. What kind of future do you predict for yourself and mankind in general? Myself.......i will probably make some people evry happy, and some very sad, I will exist the only way I know how, I will try to survive every day, I will sob, dance, and laugh more than most people on the planet ever will, and then one day....I won't. The end.  The rest of mankind.....i don't really know. probably die out in a plague of type 2 diabetes.

15. What are your favorite words? archipelago....it's my current favorite

16. What inspired you to be an artist? i know no other way to live.

17. Describe your as an individual and an artist? ghost girl, teller of stories, muse, dancer, poet.....i guess this works for myself as a person and an artist. it's all the same

18. What's your favorite story and why? it's not finished being written yet. ;) until that time, it's the haunting of hill house, by shirley jackson....i was drawn in during the first few lines, i was prisoner to that book until I was done, no other novel has ever had that effect. I still get chills when I think of Elanor saying 'stories end in lovers meeting"

19. What are you doing when you're not creating? making funny faces and funny noises. teaching my dog sign language, haunting abandoned buildings, work out.....and on occasion have incredible dreams.....but that also requires me to sleep.

20. What would people be surprised to learn about you? i played "hookers" and lesbian call girl barbie when I was little. I have no idea how I even knew what those things were

21.  Favorite animal? Why? any kind of fox......Because they are perfect, I feel like if I look into their eyes, they recognize me as one of their kind.

Your worst habit and obsession? worrying is my worst habit, and being paralyzed with fear, doubting myself, feeling broken inside, those are sadly my worst obsession.....also i guess chinese food.....its the reason I am poor.

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Roman's website - http://www.romansirotin.com
Jennifer's website - http://www.jennifergordonart.com