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So before I formally respond I would like to note that the book “Art and Fear” and myself have a long history dating back to a couple of years ago at the St.Augustine Barnes and Noble store. I saw this book titled “Art and Fear” which I as a young naive artist would say to themselves, “I’m afraid of the art world, this might help me”, as I read the first part of this book I closed it quickly placing it on the shelf and began to run away (not literally runaway, but mentally), it scared the shit out of me. Lets face it, I have a problem with fear and this book was acknowledging that and I didn’t like it, so I find it quite funny for this book to be a required reading for Portfolio because it is the very book that made me want to cry in fetal position in the back isle of Barnes and Noble.

1. What work have you made that seems most yours? Why?

– This is hard to answer, but I feel very closely bonded to my Marie Antoinette drawings, Cyclops’, drawings of people who inspire me who suffer from mental health problems, my Sylvia Plath paintings, and That Fucking Bitch series. The Marie Antoinette drawings along with the people who inspire me just come naturally they are people I love and era’s of art that I love, anything rococo or pop-culture themed gets me excited especially when I am drawing it. The cyclops’ and other related characters are inspired from my childhood and everyday life and have humor attached and being a lover of comedy I am extremely influenced by that and what to show it in my work. The Sylvia paintings are very personal, reading her journal just made my summer, it was amazing to see how I could relate to this woman. Finally That Fucking Bitch series is just the most fun and hysterical short filming I have ever done, and its great despite how offensive some people think it is, as they say “Don’t apologize for your art”. I could never pick one work that seems the most mine out the ones I have mentioned because they are all pieces of me.

2. What do you care about?

Puppies, Exercise, Eating Healthy, Fashion, Music, Poetry, My Mom, Cousin Elizabeth, My Dog Little Larry, Ruby (dog I babysat), Monsters, Crime, Politics, Feminism, Gun Control (get rid of em!), Mental Health Problems and all their sub-categories, Books/ Literature, Life in General, Writers Block, Artist Block, Money, My Personal Health and Hygiene, Pop-Culture (celebrities and all that crap), My Thyroid, Punk Rock, Cleanliness, Religion, Pro-Choice, Pro-Meat/ Carnivore and proud of it, Men (hot guys who are funny, outgoing, nice, polite, pays for dinner, male feminist, in case anyone wanted to know although im pretty verbal about this), Telling the Truth (lying only when needed), Not getting raped, Getting Married and having Kids (who would have thought?), Punching out a Republican (verbally or physically, both would satisfy), TV shows like True Blood, Criminal Minds, Project Runway, Grimm, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Roseanne etc etc etc, Comedy, Ballet, Modern Dance, Photography, Painting, Drawing, Lifting Weights (get pumped get huge)

3. Which of these ideas resonates most with you, and why? If they all resonate, how do they differ?

-Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, well, I was not excited about this question… because I feel I don’t create in the world, I mean I create in my world people just happen to be in it. I guess it is something I do about the world because I address real people and real life issues and interpret them either comically or just as a simple visual. I want people to know there is a reason, a method to my madness, only I seem to have little faith the world could see that sometimes. I don’t make art for the world, I feel that’s more of a graphic design advertising type philosophy, I need to like what I do before other people because if I did not like what I make then I would never make anything shrivel up like a raisin sitting in a dry southwest summer and die.

4. Who are artists that are making work that relates to you? Are there other influences? How are they connected to your work?

SO MANY, MUST ORGANIZE!

btw: Matthew Barney scares the fuck out of me, don’t expect him to be on this list despite my love for cremaster 1.

These people mentioned bellow are connected to my work in childhood nostalgia ways and basically I like what they do, what they stand for, how they came in this world and how they left it. The journeys these people went through to get to their places intrigue me, I love reading biographies and journals to learn more about these people, I love watching interviews, I love watching them perform or looking at their art. Each person has a unique personality and ego and I learn from their qualities not just their work. I try to incorporate my similarities with them into my work whether it be a punk rock theme or a rococo theme or a cinematic theme.

Visual Artists: Tim Biskup, Mark Ryden, Edgar Degas, Marion Peck, Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Nicolas de Largillière, Bernini, Roy Lichtenstien, James Rosenquist (not just because he lives 30 minutes from my house, it would be a mericale if he actually came out of his house!), Andy Warhol, Janine Antoni, Vadis Turner, Judy Chicago, Audrey Flack, Cindy Sherman, Peter Max, Bob Masse, Makode Linde (genius), Jessicka Adams, Ray Caesar, Eric White, Heather Horton, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Camille Rose Garcia, Dame Darcy, Chuck Close, Bobbie Russon, Marilyn Minter, Richard Avedon, David LaChapelle, Barbara Morgan, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Shawn Barber

The videos I have posted are of Tim Biskup, I am choosing one person from each category to elaborate on. So Tim Biskup, he was the first artist to bring me into this Pop-Surrealism movement, he did some artwork for The Space Twins albums and that was the first place I saw his work and then I googled him and got hooked. It’s amazing he really gets my point of view on the art world, I always say he’s the one artist I could sit down with and have a 3 hour conversation about bashing the art world (this would be awesome in real life, yes Tim Biskup I am hinting that I want to get coffee and talk art even though I have never met you and I’m some strange art student). I always felt like I was an outsider because of my views until I watched interviews with Tim and now I’m like yeah, I have this opinion and I’m not the only one with it!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/34840282″>VOV WITH TIM BISKUP AND ERIC WHITE</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/madeblog”>MADE</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Comedians:

Roseanne Barr, Chelsea Handler, David Letterman, Larry David, Bill Cosby, Weird Al

Roseanne Barr, genius of all women comedians. She has inspired me to go as far as I want with comedy. What else more can I say, its pretty obvious.

Filmmakers/Screenwriters:

Wes Anderson, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Jim Henson, Peter Jackson, William Goldman, Brian Grazer, Sofia Cippola, Joe Wright, John Lee Mahin

Wes Anderson films have always stuck out to me because of their narrative, I like when filmmakers tell meaningful stories that are new rather than something generically bad Rom-Com like for example Brides Maids ewwwwwww. Anyway, the characters have quirks which I like in my own work, quirks make things interesting, fun, and relatable. I also like that I have to think about Wes Anderson films, after seeing Moonrise Kingdom I spent a long time thinking about the film and all the little parts that one will look over when watching the film for the first time. I can also relate to the awkward characters and their problems unlike other films by generic film/screenwriters who shall not be mentioned.

Musicians/Bands:

Babes In Toyland (Kat Bjelland/ Katastrophy Wife), Hole (Courtney Love), Nirvana (Kurt Cobain), No Doubt (Gwen Stefani), Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Veruca Salt, Letters To Cleo, Mazzy Star, Band of Horses, Spice Girls, Katy Perry, Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous), R.E.M., Radiohead, Weezer, The Relationship, Space Twins, Alice In Chains, The Beatles, Blur, Bob Marley, Carnival Art, The Clash, The Cure, The Smiths, Rage Against The Machine, Green Day, Interpol, Jimi Hendrix, Kenickie, Mint Royale, Led Zeppelin, Credence Clearwater Revival, Madness, The Specials, The Mamas and The Papas, Manic Street Preachers, Massive Attack, Meat Puppets, Metallica, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mika, Green River, Pearl Jam, Pixies, The Police, The Rentals, Save Ferris, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, The Verve, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, The Temptations, L7, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney

Babes in Toyland have to be one of the most influential bands for me next to Hole. Kat Bjelland is so powerful and her stage presence is like no other with her high pitched voice and screams and crazy eyed look. She’s gifted at writing and playing and I love her for everything she is. I aspire to be a woman like that, I’ve always loved music and writing and seeing women in the music world like her is the best kick in the butt to get going! Kat expresses anger musically and that’s something that I would love to do. I was not the popular kid, I had quite a lot of enemies as a child (bullies) so many that loooong before facebook I would draw pictures of the people who bullied me and would pin them to my dart board and my brother and I would take turns throwing darts at them, only now instead of throwing darts I’d rather throw out words.

Poets and Writers:

Eric Erlandson, Sylvia Plath, T.S Eliot, Robert Lowell, Shakespeare, Charlaine Harris (oh true blood), Jane Austen, Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allan Poe, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, E. E. Cummings, Flannery O’Connor, Dante, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Donne,  Joyce Carol Oates, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreou, Nathaniel Hawthorne, C.S. Lewis, Chekhov, Dorothy Parker, Tony Hoagland

Sylvia Plath has always been my favorite poet since I bought her collection Ariel in high school. I always felt a connection with her poetry and recently read her Unabridged Journals along with the Bell Jar. I posted an interview with Plath because I always find it funny that she was so bubbly and happy and carried an ego on the outside when in fact she was the opposite on the inside. She manipulates her voice in my opinion to be so proud and I think Plath behind closed doors was very light. I always try in my own poetry to be honest and more confessional than the confessional poets, Plath certainly put me in that direction, I feel people are ready for even more honest poetry that will strike people at their most vulnerable spots.

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