Back Talk: Melissa Forman

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010
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Melissa Forman is a Cleveland, Ohio based painter with a solo show, "Keepers of Creation" opening at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City this Saturday, November 13. She is the subject of today's "Back Talk" ...

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1. One reason you make art . . .  I make art as a way of communicating things that I can't put into words.

 

2. The last good movie you saw . . . I really don't have time to sit and watch many movies. The last good one I remember seeing in the theater was Fantastic Mr. Fox.

 

3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to . . . I'd like to travel to Asia or South America.

 

4. Favorite country or city visited . . . My favorite was Rome, but Cairo was a close second.

 

5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life . . . Honesty is the best policy.




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6. Something you want the world to know about you
. . . No matter what I do, I always try to do my best.

 

7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people . . . I get annoyed when people are oblivious and don't realize how their actions will affect others.

 

8. Something that concerns you . . . I'm concerned for the state of the environment and the creatures that inhabit it. That's what inspired my latest show. I wish that humans, animals and nature could learn to live in a symbiotic and productive way.

 

9. Artists you admire . . . James Jean, Eugenio Recuenco, Martin Wittfooth, Femke Hiemstra, Mark Ryden, John William Waterhouse, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

 

10. Favorite quote(s) . . . "If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values: they're hobbies." —Jon Stewart



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11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?
. . . My first CD ever was Metallica's Black album, and the last one I downloaded was Fever Ray's self titled album.

 

12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating? . . . I worry that I'm not getting any work done.

 

13. What is your most defining characteristic? . . . My preschool teacher told my mom when I was 3 years old that I was "extremely sensitive and felt things very deeply." I think that still holds true today.

 

14. What is your greatest fear? . . . I have an intense fear of failure and letting others down.

 

15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’ . . . The earliest memory I have that solidified the fact that I was an "artist" was in third grade. We were asked to draw our favorite possession and a lot of the other kids asked me to do their drawings for them because they thought I would do a better job.




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16. Your greatest quality
. . . I'm a perfectionist, and I think that manifests itself as both my best and worst quality.

 

17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself . . . I wish I wasn't so socially backwards. It takes me a little while to feel comfortable around people.

18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it? . . . I think the biggest risk I took was on my relationship with my boyfriend. I have never been very good at trusting others or truly opening myself up, but I decided to take a risk and give everything I could. It turns out the risk was worth it; he's the best thing that ever happened to me.

 

19. Something you wish you had known five years ago . . . I wish someone had drilled into my head how much work goes into being a professional artist. They always told us in college that we would have to work our asses off to be successful, but I never really gave it much thought. Now I realize just how much hard work and dedication it takes.

20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life? . . . My continuing goal is to just be better. I want to be a better friend, a better girlfriend, a better daughter, a better sister, a better worker, a better artist and just a better human being.


Melissa Forman

Keepers of Creation

Opens November 13, 2010

Corey Helford Gallery

Culver City, California

 


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