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Back Talk with Meredith Dittmar

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 27 May 2010

One reason you make art:

It’s part of my daily practice of being present. That, and for the love of it.



The last good movie you saw:

I can’t remember. I have a super crappy memory for such things. It really is epically bad.



Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:

Get off the grid and design a dream house, barn, and studio.



Favorite country or city visited:

I’ve loved everywhere I’ve been. From Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Columbia – each place is fascinating in its own way. Favorites don’t come naturally to me.



A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

Kinda cliché, but nails it for me – “Be here now”




Something you want the world to know about you:

Only my ego wants the world to know something about me and usually my ego's ideas are pretty lame.



Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

If I’m annoyed or frustrated that’s my crap – it's not about people. Ultimately everyone is doing the best they can.



Something that concerns you:

Getting concerned. Really everything is as it should be.



Artists you admire:

Any artist that is creating from a tapped-in, authentic space.




Favorite quote(s):

Hmm…so many great quotes out there I could spend days trying to find a “favorite”. I quickly grabbed one each from two people that have influenced my artwork and my Self greatly.


"Transcend and include... this is the self-transcending drive of the Kosmos—to go beyond what went before and yet include what went before... to open into the very heart of Spirit-in-action." Ken Wilber


“The mind may accept or deny that you are awareness, but either way it can’t really understand. It cannot comprehend. Thought cannot comprehend what is beyond thought.” Adyashanti



The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?

The first tape I got was Led Zepplin 4. Then the Beach Boys. Then it got all crazy with Columbia House and my mom had to call and tell them I was only 8 to get me out of my debt.



Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

Stare at a wall. Dishes. Garden. Kill time online.



What is your most defining characteristic?

Oh geez, I have no idea. Sometimes one eye is bigger than the other?



What is your greatest fear?

Death. Ultimately isn’t that what all fear boils down to?

I didn’t think I had really any significant fears till I looked very closely and found the whole death thing staring me in the face.



The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

It’s been gradual and still happening. In Mexico City we saw an amazing show of Pedro Friedebergs life’s work (check his stuff out - it's incredible) and I thought, “holy crap what if I get to make art for a living for the rest of my life!?!” The idea seemed so big and crazy and amazing.




Your greatest quality:

My instinct is to make a joke here but I’m even less funny if my jokes are calculated.



Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

When I’m in the moment - nothing. At times when I’m attached to my thoughts, I wish I had thinner genes. Classic girl stuff really.



What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?

I’m pretty good at taking “smart” risks, so I do it a lot. All worth it.

While snowboarding I’ve ridden a bunch of very dangerous lines in conditions I probably shouldn’t have, without a beacon. It was worth it because some really transcendent moments came out of those lines and are still with me today.



Something you wish you had known five years ago:

That my parents didn’t have long-term care insurance.

Everyone - make your parents get it!



What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?

I hope to learn a lot, and unlearn a lot, and spread a lot of happiness.



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