In the run-up to Art Trade, we introduce the participating artists by asking them some questions. Today: illustrator Floor van het Nederend who is working on a graphic novel.
What does an artist do throughout the day?
Hmm, I think this is different for every artist. My work involves a lot of commercial assignments. So I wake up and start working on those assignments when I have deadlines, when I haven't any deadlines I work on my own projects. I like to try new things all the time, this can be just sketching or setting up large new projects, like a new book or exhibition.
Which artwork (well-known or unknown) do you wish you had made yourself?
It is not really an artwork maybe, but if I have to choose I would pick V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. The artwork is not really my kind of thing, but the story is really nice. Alan Moore is a very interesting comic writer. I am not so great at writing a story myself, so I wish I had his writing skills..
What would you have become, if you weren’t an artist?
No clue to be honest. I finished Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, but I guess it is quite hard to find a job with this education. Some of my friends work in wholesale, retail and advertising. So maybe I would be doing something like that. But in the end it would be something creative within these branches.
Why do you think Art Trade is a good idea?
I think it is a fun experiment, it is good to express the value of things in other ways than money. I hope the event it will be more like helping each other than selling and buying art with different kinds of currencies.
What other projects are you working on?
At the moment I'm working on a graphic novel (with a writer), an exhibition in Germany and lots of other things actually. Very busy but exciting times. But I am looking forward to the Art Trade the most of course!