Wombwell Rainbow Interviews Artworker: sonja benskin mesher

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews Artworker

I am honoured and privileged that the following artworkers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the artworkers three options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger, or an interview on their most recent artwork or a combination of these.

The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these artworkers you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.

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sonja benskin mesher

Born in Bournemouth now lives and works in Wales. Sonja is a full time, independent, multi disciplinary artist. “I like to draw, paint, make and write,. I like the immediacy and physical connection with the media. I like memories that form themselves on the paper. I like the marks and patterns.”

The Interview

1. When and why did you start making artworks?

we all make things from early. i guess as we are discussing art will say 15 years old i started in secret. i felt I needed to.

1.1. What artwork did you make?

..the first work after school art classes was sculpture at the municipal college in bournemouth..

1.2,What was it a sculpture of?

..it was abstract..I was learning mark making I feel on reflection. ..I had wanted badly to go to art college full time when I left school . was given a job by social services instead. .that is why the evening classes were secret.

2. Who introduced you to artworks?

school.miss gardiner.

2.2. Was it her enthusiasm for art?

.yes and her acceptance. .miss hall the other teacher was very critical and exact. .I felt comfortable in miss gardeners studio and sometimes stayed there at break. there or the library.

3. How aware are and were you of the dominating presence of older artworkers traditional and contemporary?

.not at all at first. my lunch breaks in the school library was an introduction. .now I come better informed.

..anselm keiffer..


.. ben nicholson..

..michael ayrton..

..terry frost…

..barbara hepworth..

..howard hodgkin..

..and more…

4. Who of today’s artworkers do you most admire, and why?

..anselm keiffer..

.and um, let me think. ..mainly I admire the work ethic and lack of restraint..

5. What materials are your favourite to work with?

I like drawing a lot. use many tools for this, the usual and unusual. favourite is charcoal and charcoal dust with scoring and drilling etc. painting I will use most stuff and for installation work is anything. ..especially twigs.. #twigsisathing

5.1. Why drawing?

..I like the immediacy, the contact with the work..to see what comes without looking for control.. #wehavenocontrol

5.2. I have heard some artists like to get into a subconscious state without any distractions.

..really?….do you know keiffer’s work paul?

5.3. I don’t. What would you recommend I look at?

oh yes. especially his lead planes inside glass houses…

5.4. Why that one?

because I like planes and it seems I have spelled his name incorrectly… you tube is a good source.over your cities grass will grow.

5.5. What is it about planes you like?

.they fly. .his planes are made of lead and I like lead. it can be cut with just scissors…they fly in the sky over my house. Ii like those with propellers best.

6. What subjects motivate your artworks?

.metaphors. .memories. it changes with time i am in the studio now…. ..i see soaps. keys. bottles. spoons. teeth. light bulbs .. presently I guess the correct situation is effective in moving things forward. ..ladders as a means..corona. the crown the changes the solo flight correct =current predictions

7. Tell me about the artwork projects you have on at the moment.

the work is ongoing , exploring, experimenting to see what comes.

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