Mar 13, 2010 | Comments 0
How would you currently describe your work and where would like to see it evolve in the future?
It’s hard for me, as I’m sure it is for most artists, to define my work to others, mainly because I want it to be so many things and am not sure what is translating the clearest. My intent is to be narrative, accessible, and hopefully pleasurable to look at. I definitely like to involve a lot of nolstalgic pop references, especially for the more humorous side of my work, but I also like referring to nature and man’s interaction with it. In the end my major goal is to get the viewer to be inquisitive about the painting, either to get the punchline, or make one up on their own. I can only hope that I can be interesting enough for them without being too ambiguous, but still say something without spelling it out. In the meantime, my technical skill is always improving, but has a long way to go before I’m anywhere near satisfied with it.
Many of your pieces involve humans interacting with, or becoming, beast could you tell me more about this?
I guess I’ve always been interested in the ‘cute to gross’ spectrum of the animal kingdom and how we separate ourselves from it. Our obsessions with domestication and making everything we can submissive and adorable can yield a lot of interesting imagery.
Characters in your work are often somber and smiles are rare, how did this evolve?
Most of are emotions are shown with neither a smile or a frown, and while I don’t want to lean on the melancholy too much, I think those kinds of expressions can invoke more feeling in both the subject and the viewer.
Whether it is the alien like creatures in the forest, a space gun of a child, roaches, and even your site itself, The color light blue seems to have significance to you, is there any truth to this?
It just seems to be the most versatile for me on a purely aesthetic level. I can’t stand yellow, Purple is pretty rough, but blue, red and gray I am a big fan of.
Your backgrounds are often either forest or traditional wall paper, why did you make this choice?
The wallpaper has always been an easy an pretty way to make a larger space more interesting for me, though I think it’s about time to let that go. The forest and all outdoors will always be appealing to, though I suppose I might need to change that up too.
If you won ten million dollars, what would you do?
I’d just want enough to be comfortable enough to never have to worry about whether or not a painting has commercial value ever again. Those kinds of thoughts can only trip you up. I don’t think I need much, so with the rest I’d like to support my parents for at least as long as they supported me. Hopefully travel with whatever is left.
What is the most important thing you have ever learned?
I can’t help but think that any attempt to say something poignant here will only be embarrassing and obsolete when I read it again. And maybe that’s it, our values and priorities are in constant flux and that it’s important to try and form them from every kind of perspective possible if we want them to have any kind of lifespan.
Could you tell us about your current show “Two Days Slow”
“Two Days Slow” is a group show at the Canteen gallery in Ottawa, Canada. Although it is “Alice in Wonderland” in theme, my piece is more focused on Alice Liddell, the alleged muse and inspiration for the character of Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tales.
For more information on Casey Weldon, Check out his website at http://www.caseyweldon.com.