A couple of weeks ago, Gail featured a lovely artist in her segment about block printing. Today, we have got a tasty treat for you. An interview with that lovely artist, Minouette! Enjoy!
"Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started with your work." I have been printmaking since I was a child. I had the chance to take courses at the Art Gallery of Ontario, beginning in elementary school, which included instruction in screenprinting, etching, and lino block printing. As I grew older I found that my favorite subjects were art and history on the one hand, and physics and math on the other. I found that I wasn't as interested in trying to find a profession at the intersection of these two, so I made a decision to pursue science. I thought I could continue with art on my own, but if I had made the opposite choice, it would be impossible to pursue science. So I am trained as a physicist (a marine geophysicist), but I spend much of my free time making art. I found that I really need to exercise both sides of my brain, or to express myself artistically, for my own happiness and well-being. I really began to focus on making linoleum block prints about 7 years ago. I enjoy other media as well, but the magic of printmaking is of co urse that one can produce multiple originals. This was really a way to share my art making. It's much easier to part with art, when one can keep a copy! "Do you have a favorite artist/designer/photographer?" This is a tough question! I have many favorites and many sources of inspiration. I like to think of myself as a Renaissance woman. So I have always been very fond of Leonardo da Vinci's approach to life. He was effectively both a great artist as well as being a scientist and engineer. I am fascinated about how his multiple interests informed one another. Depictions of water became studies of turbulance, for instance, which fed back into his painting. As a printmaker I am prehaps most inpired by Hokusai and his moku hanga (Japanese woodblock) prints. I also love typography and look at a lot of contemporary design work. "Has there been a certain accomplishment/success that you are most proud of?" I think one of my most complex and successful prints is my Japanese-style woodblock print 'Little Boat, Big Ocean'. I'm certainly proud of that piece. http://www.etsy.com/listing/66990813/little-boat-big-ocean-woodblock-print "What's your favorite place to go to get inspired?" The internet! I do love this constant source of new visual stimulation and imagery. I'm very interested in the intersection of art and science and blog about some of my favorite finds at magpie&whiskeyjack. In terms of physical places, I do like to go to a huge nearby park called High Park. It includes everything from some old growth forest, to more cultivated and managed gardens and a small zoo (which is a good place to observe animal anatomy). "What would you be doing if it wasn't for Minouette?" Well, when not making art, I would prefer to be on a boat. I do love exploring, and doing marine geophysical fieldwork at sea makes me feel like an explorer. The oceans remain largely unexplored. Though, I think my life would be very unbalanced if I did science without also creating art. "Where can people learn more about Minouette?" People can find my etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/minouette the shop's fanpage:http://www.facebook.com/things.from.secret.minouette.places my personal blog:http://minouette.blogspot.com/ magpie&whiskeyjack:http://magpieandwhiskeyjack.blogspot.com/ my flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/22611996@N02/ and my twitter:http://twitter.com/#!/minouette