Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Bruce and Billy meet Chris Graham

Excerpts from meeting with artist/illustrator Chris Graham
On using his life experience as source material
"The art that I like to do is me being myself, thats where the power is, working with your own story."

How creativity is essential to his well being
"I don't know you, but I know the world where you lads come from and there's plenty of creativity there and critique of the world around you. You can put that to a use thats beneficial to you pair because on the dark days when you're feeling shit and you don't want to go back to what you have done before (maybe you do, it's up to you what you do with your life) that's the bit where a system of getting it out, (in a way thats not damaging to yourself or to others) becomes useful."
"Thats why I draw all the time, thats why I paint all the time thats why I talk all the time, that cause otherwise my head fills and I think f*ck it I might as well go and get wasted. There's too much shit in my head. Im not saying my life or past bothers me, but it does recur and triggers those things I don't want to get caught up in again."

Making art from found objects
"I can't sew, I'd never sewn anything in my life but I made this. I made it as a stress toy for me mate, I made him one. I found the leather by chance in the street three years ago. I used to work in an old peoples home and I collected old ladies teeth."


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