Exploring the mind and habits of an artist in twenty-five questions
by Stephanie Cassidy | January 25, 2022
I always liked to paint and draw as a kid, but when I was twenty-seven, I started to study art at the Art Students League, and around thirty, I realized art would be my life’s work.
My mom didn’t take it seriously, and she was asking me when I would stop and come back to Japan.
Darren Waterston, Barbara Takenaga, William Scharf, Hilma af Klint, Egon Schiele, Hieronymus Bosch.
Egon Schiele and Hieronymus Bosch.
Planet Earth by Robert Hughes. (It’s not an artist’s book but a photo book of earth.) If it has to be an artists book, Filthy Lucre by Darren Waterston.
The artist’s view and concept, and a high quality of completion.
MASS MoCA and the Prado in Spain.
Until by Nick Cave at MASS MoCA. It was visually beautiful; the scale was overwhelming, yet many details provoked me and led me to the artist’s concept.
An owner of an event space or restaurant bar that serves good drinks and food. Artists and musicians would gather and use the space for their creations.
About fifteen years ago, a couple of friends and I did twelve weeks of exercises together in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It changed my way of thinking, and I saw changes in real life, like selling and exhibiting my artwork.
So many things but nothing really. I am still learning, and I can always learn on my own if necessary.
It is hard to pick one, but I guess The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch because it’s just so strange. I can find something I’ve never seen before every time I look at it. I can look at this work forever. I have also seen the painting on the doors of the triptychs, when I visited the Prado. I got a postcard that closes like the piece, and I have it on my studio wall.
Looking at the sky.
Van Der Plas Gallery in Lower East Side, New York City to see my friend’s exhibition.
So many of my talent artist friends!
No, but I think about it everyday and write some notes often.
About one month.
I go to my studio anyway and look through my old artworks or just meditate.
I always question my own feelings and thoughts. I write notes about my everyday experiences and reflect upon how I feel about certain things.
Seeking the true self.
I don’t think I will ever achieve everything that I want because, after I achieve one goal, I always find a new one. I easily lose interest in most things, but art is the only thing I never get tired of. It is a realm where I am always finding new interests and goals.
It is easy to announce my exhibitions, events, and news to friends and family as well as people who I’ve never met throughout the whole world.
SONOMI KOBAYASHI 小林園実 (@sonomikobayashi) teaches Painting, Color, Design for Children at the Art Students League of New York.