Interview with Faith47

by Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hello Faith47, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

I’m into scratchings on walls. Marks left behind by vagrants and stowaways. Emotional scrapings. Subliminal words scribbled in jest. Betraying the underlying breath of the city. I’m also into the force of the wind, the symbolism of trees. what nature can teach us.

Going back to the root of our human nature and taking a deep look at the mysteries of life. dreams. plants. animal instincts. elusive thoughts.

Dal and I are doing a show together in melbourne in april. im going to be exploring these notions in that show.

I’ll be doing a solo show in johannesburg in september, which will be more gritty. more about the textures of the streets. the rawness of african cities. that one is more focused on feelings and reflections of my experiences in south africa.

 

 

It really seems that you refuse any kind of etiquette regarding to being a painter or a street artist or what the hell they could call you….Are you still interested in defining yourself and your art?

The idea of being pinned down into one category is stifling.

I need to breathe and explore. I hope I can be more expansive in this and bolder in finding ways of finding ways.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home?

Home is where my son is. and dal.  my family. my friends. home is the planet earth. and the sun on my body. [warmth. not winter]

were in cape town now, as a base. but I think we move around allot and will probably do so more when my son is older.

 

How long have you been an artist?

I’m not sure how to answer that. I dont see it a a thing that could have a definitive beginning or end.

life is art. we are all artists just by the act of breathing.

 

Favorite country or city visited.

Brasil. China. South Africa.

 

What artists have influenced you, and how? Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?

My inspiration doesn’t really from other artists.

I do appreciate seeing other artists work, but i think my real inspiration comes from that destiny of suffering that man weaves into his path on this planet. its so unnecessary and blind. yet there it is heaving – the chaotic planet.

often this is where my force of desire to create comes from.

other times it is from awe. the secrets of atoms. the secrets of how we exist. the infinite size of space.

music. and also silence. silence is key.

 

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

I’m learning. so much admin…. eeep

 

Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

I want to be in the middle of the ocean and not see land anywhere around me. just water.

melt into my small existence. acknowledge the magnificence of the ocean. the planet. this tiny tiny beat of life in the vast expansive universe.

 

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

Our lack of compassion. the way we sleep when were awake.

 

Your idea about social networks.

On the positive side i think social networks [and the internet at large] help to override physical borders of countries,

thats very important in a world that is becoming more and more closed in terms of immigration and border controls.

a positive example of ‘globalisation’ on the planet. it also allows for real distribution of news and opinions and therefore balances the control of the massive media networks. thats one thing that is keeping the world somewhat balanced at the moment. on the down side it allows corporates/ governments to access our information – one can only imagine what they can do with that.

My opinion is to use the internet as much as possible while it is still free and open, and make sure it stays free and open.

 

What upcoming shows, exhibitions, do you have coming up?

 

International Women Group ShowWarrington Museum – London
29 March – 7 July

Crossing Borders – MSAGallery, Paris
31 March – 5 April

‘ antenna garden’ Dal & Faith47 exhibition – Rtist Gallery – Melbourne
26 April

Carbon Event – Melbourne
21 April – 1 May

Castro Mural Project – Tel Aviv
10 May

Group ShowKulturhuset – Stockholm

15 June – 7 October

Mural Project – Melun, France
30 June

Mural Project – Rochester, New York
July

Suburbio Latino Mural Project – Lima, Peru
7 August

Solo ShowDavid Krut Gallery – Johannesburg
September

Dal & Faith’s chinese adventure – China & Tibet
October

 

Who or What’s overrated today?

Global warming.

Dont get me wrong. I’m totally into planting trees and looking after the environment and living in a more sustainable way.

but my gut instinct tells me that there are some darker forces pushing the global warming debate,

they use peoples good intentions and emotions to forward their own schemes of taxation and domination.

we can all be realistic and know the way mankind has developed is unnecessarily wasteful and harmful to the planet.

for example tesla had solutions to our energy needs ages ago and trams and electric cars were silenced by oil and motor industries.

greed is what drives mankind. and so we need to be careful of how truths are twisted to forward the aims of the hungry elite few.

but people should do their own deeper research into this, I’ve done a bit or research and that is what I concluded after hearing many different sides of the debate.

Faith47 website.

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