In the run-up to Art Trade, we introduce the participating artists by asking them some questions. Today: Eva Mooiman, who thinks an artist has to decide to be an artist every single day.
What does an artist do throughout the day?
Procrastinate, like all humans. Convincing myself that after some nail polishing / dishes / reading the newspaper / cleaning out my closet..., I am finally ready to paint. I have to have fun with it, if not, the energy is off.
What would you have become, if you weren’t an artist?
I think artists are chameleons and a 100 things all at once. An artist has to decide to be an artist every single day. If I weren’t an artist i would like to have a karaoke bar that would be open during the day and people would come for coffee and noodles. Singing is good for the soul and connecting with yourself and other people.
Which artwork (well-known or unknown) do you wish you had made yourself?
La Desserte rouge (The Red Room), by Henri Matisse from 1908, 180 x 221 cm. Matisse called this work a 'decorative panel'. I love that.
Why do you think Art Trade is a good idea?
Money buys food which is a good thing but let's try to figure out what has value other than money or materialistic objects.
What other projects are you working on?
I am learning to sew. I want to make the clothes I dream of. In my series 'Paint what you can't buy yet' I paint garments i can't afford. This could be another project related to my love for 'superficial desires'. I like to play with the ideas evolving around the 'women' i am or could be.