Back Talk with Krista HuotJuxtapoz // Monday, 20 Sep 2010
One reason you make art:
It’s an addiction. I have all of these images in my head constantly and they need to come out. My Mom ended up putting me into a different school when I was 7 because the teacher had a big problem with how I never wanted to put my crayons away.
The last good movie you saw:
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:
Climb really high into the mountains.
Favorite country or city visited:
I really loved Annecy, France. It’s a beautiful city with canals, and when I was there it was during their Venetian Carnival in February. The masks and costumes were so inspiring.
A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:
I’m here to learn as much as I can during my lifetime, and continually grow as a person.
Something you want the world to know about you:
I no longer paint in acrylic, I’ve been wanting to make the switch to oils for a long time now, but hesitated because I didn’t want to use solvents. But now I’m using American-made walnut oil paints that don’t require solvents, and I love them. And in the future I will be painting on hemp canvas, I’m just trying to find a domestic source. Hemp uses less water and pesticides than cotton, and it’s very archival.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:
I find it frustrating that some people value money more than clean air, water and natural beauty. I hate it when people needlessly cut trees.
Something that concerns you:
Right now I’m mostly concerned with petroleum companies, and their lack of investment into safety and preventing environmental disasters. The tar sands of Alberta are an ecological nightmare. Enbridge, who had spills in Michigan and Illinois this year, is trying to build a pipeline through my home province of British Columbia, which will transport tar sands oil across 778 rivers and streams. This pipeline will bring oil tankers to the pristine BC coast. Also, Quebec is drilling for shale gas without exploring the risks of polluting our drinking water.
Artists you admire:
My all-time favorite is Waterhouse. I saw his exhibit in Montreal last year and it made me cry. The photos of his work are mere shadows of the originals; they do not do them justice at all. His colors are amazingly vivid, and his expressions are beautiful and subtle.
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen
The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?
My first album was Guns N Roses, Use Your Illusion I on cassette. The last album I downloaded was Black Mountain’s Wilderness Heart, which I went out and bought because it’s awesome.
Something you do when you’re procrastinating?
Watch YouTube videos of cats, and live performances by my favorite musicians.
What is your most defining characteristic?
I still love the same things I loved when I was a young child.
What is your greatest fear?
That Orwell was right.
The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:
When I looked at all of the things I was doing for money and realized that they all revolved around visual art. But I usually call myself a painter, when people ask what I do.
Your greatest quality:
I always give people a chance.
Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:
I worry about things that I have no control over.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?
Moving across Canada to Toronto four years ago for an animation job. I had never even visited Toronto before I moved; I just arrived there with my suitcases to start work. I only stayed in Toronto for one year, but I met some amazing people and it led to me to Montreal, which I am incredibly grateful for.
Something you wish you had known five years ago:
That I can handle a lot more than I thought I could. I think if I had known that, it would have saved me some worry and stress.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?
I hope to be living in an off-grid cabin in the Laurentian Mountains, where I can grow my own garden and keep chickens, and continue to paint surrounded by nature.
More on Krista Huot at www.kristahuot.com
The artist will also be exhibiting her latest paintings in a three-woman show at Corey Helford gallery opening this Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 7 10pm
Further details on this show over here.