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Friday, 25 May 2007

Interview with Erin Frost

q)Lets start with the basics; what's your full name,where do you live, and how old are you?

a)My name is Erin Frost, I currently live in Seattle,Washington, and am 33 years of age.

q) Do you have any formal training?

a)I have a BFA in photography. Although I think you can learn the basics in school, when it comes to art you have to be self-taught in a lot of ways, you know, as far as your own vision goes.

q) Did the place you grew up in influence your image making?

a)I've never thought about that, but I'm sure it must have. I grew up in Montana, it's a vast and beautiful place. As an only child I suppose my imagination was both necessary and well rounded. Hours spent lost in either the forts of imaginary lands or making art.

q) How do you come up with your concepts?

a)My work is really intuitive, it's not usually mapped out. Since I don't use models there isn't the separation between me and the camera. I'll have an idea, a starting point that sets the tone, and throw myself into situations. Sometimes it's not until afterwards that I see what I'm after. A lot of my concepts are really just a stretch for reinvention.

q) Describe your creations in a clear, concise and understandable sentence. What do you call them?

a)I make photographs, they are black and white self-portraits shot traditionally on film.

q)What other mediums would you like to explore in your image making?

a)I've always enjoyed drawing and painting, but photography is my main focus, I like finding new ways to make photographs. Some of my recent work combined photography and in-camera collage, I work a lot with mirrors too. Just looking for different ways of using photography, different ways of seeing.

q)What is the best time in the day for you to work ona project? Is there one, or is it more about the environment -- maybe the right mood?

a)Usually it's best if I wake up and just dive right into it, maybe half in dream state. And those magic late night hours. But yes, it really is hinged on the mood, the light, and that creative desire.

q) What are your artistic influences?...and .generally who or what influences you the most?

a)I'm really influenced by dreams and memory, tho sesurreal and erotic mental film stills.

q) Who are some of your favourite artists /designers/photographers?

a)I love seeing artist's self-portraits and erotic works. Egon Schiele is one of my favorite artists for these reasons. I have a book of Carlo Mollino's polaroids that I love because it's like looking into someone's secret world. And one of the most impressive shows I've seen recently was a collection of Henry Darger's work. Also I'm very fortunate to know some pretty amazing artists working today.
q) What is your nextproject?Exhibition?Collaboration?

a)My next project is to hopefully update my website.I'll be in a group show, and working on new work for my next solo show, wherever that may be. Also my first published piece is coming out in an erotic artbook collection.

q)What are your plans for the future?

a)Keep making art. Go to the butterfly room at the science museum. Buy some new shoes.

q)Are there some web sites that You would like to recomend? Artists, art communities, xxx,...!?

a)I don't have much to recommend, I don't spend much time online. I mean really, I can't even get my own site updated! But there are some interesting things to see here:www.porninart.ch

q)What sort of music do you listen to?

a)I have Coco Rosie stuck in my head. I listen to everything from Andre Williams to Tom Waits, Merle Haggard to Cat Power, The Kills to Pink Mountaintops. I love Nina Simone.

q)Do you collect anything? If so what?

a)I collect costumes and props, old cameras and squeeze boxes, shiny things, useless beautiful broken down things.

q)What do you do for fun?

a)Play the stock market. Not really, just play.

q)Any advice you can pass onto aspiring artists/designers?

a)Keep at it and have fun, that's my plan at least.

q)Your contacts

a)You can see more work and contact me through my website,www.erinfrostphotography.com

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