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Chris’s Words

In Interview on July 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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We had mutual friends in college, and though we never really hung out together, he was always polite and friendly. To me, as an outsider, he seemed embarrassed by superficiality and the fact that many of our mutual friends wanted very badly to invoke the image they had created for themselves. I think he was just trying to get by rather than trying to get the right shoes. Lately, he’s been working in a glass studio in Asbury Park, New Jersey, painting, and apprenticing on an organic farm near his home. He’s been getting by and so much more. Here are his words. I hope you enjoy them.

What caused you to leave your studio art program in Florence early and how has how you felt about the decision changed from the time you made it to now?

I decided to leave the program in Florence for several reasons. I felt overwhelmed by the number of classes I was required to take and it was difficult to produce meaningful work. I basically felt as if I were repeating my undergrad program and it wasn’t worth taking on any more student loan debt, so I decided to come back home. The way I feel about the decision hasn’t changed since I have left, but I didn’t know what to do once I returned home.

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What’s the biggest challenge you face right now?

The biggest challenges I face right now would mainly be financial challenges and also finding enough time to produce work. It is tough sometimes when you are living and working in two separate places.

How do you stay focused on your goals?

The way I stay focused on my goals is by not putting so much pressure on myself, believe it or not. Whenever I pressure my self, I become frustrated and then whatever I am doing feels very forced and it is like the process is cut short. I also like to work on several things simultaneously and keep a wide range of interests.

What’s something you’d like to accomplish this year professionally?

This year I would definitely like to show some pieces I have been working on. It would be nice to show people what I have been up to rather than have my work sitting in my bedroom.

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(“Birth of Dominators” and “Dominators 2”)

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How about personally?

Personally, I would like to move into a new studio space and house/apartment. I would also enjoy spending some more time outside, catching up on some reading, and spending more time with my friends and family.

Who and what is influencing your thoughts and art output these days?

Currently, I have been drawing some influence from human history in general, but what led me down the rabbit hole was questioning what are the root causes of problems such as violence, control, etc. Many of Terrence McKenna’s ideas, writings, and lectures have influenced my work and caused to me to reevaluate the way I view the world.

How would you describe yourself to someone you’d never met?

Hmmm. This is such a tough question! If I had to choose one word, it would be “curious”.

How would your friends describe you?

My friends would probably describe me as a weirdo, but I think it depends on who you ask. I have moved around over the past four or five years, so it is hard to get settled and get to know people in a deeper way.

What song are you going to blow your speakers listening to?

Right now, I would probably blow my speakers out listening to “Crazy Train” because that song is so outrageous that I literally cried laughing when I heard it on the radio yesterday. On a somewhat more serious note, I have been listening to a lot of Tom Petty and Radiohead recently, but I wouldn’t describe either of them as real speaker busters.

What do you tell yourself when things get difficult?

Whenever things get difficult, I tell myself that this is only a ride. I try to zoom out and look at the larger picture, and then I try to remind myself that I have no idea what will happen in the future because I simply don’t know enough and neither does anyone else.

Finish these sentences:

I love..real conversations with good people.
I hate..when people aren’t present, it drives me nuts when I am with someone and they are playing with their cell phone, texting, etc.
I’ll never..live in a big city, being around too many people makes me anxious.
Sunday evenings are for..ideally, being with people you care about, sharing a meal, and if the weather is nice then going on a bike ride or sitting outside is great.

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