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Back Talk with Sarah Folkman

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 30 Jul 2009



Sarah recently took some time to provide us with a glimpse into her own world, check it out in Back Talk with Sarah Folkman.


How do you feel right now?


Nervous-excited-happy-dreading. The usual state.


If you could wake up in a different place tomorrow morning, where would it be and what would you do?


Las Olas surf camp in Mexico, learning how to surf.

If you lost your creative skill, how would you see yourself making a living?


This is a topic that comes up for me fairly frequently (though without the caveat of having lost my creative skill) because of my tendency to question, “Is this life I’m living worth the effort and resources? Shouldn’t I be doing something that without a doubt contributes to some greater good?” And what I come up with is: Veterinarian specializing in wildlife.


If you could punch one living contemporary artist, who would it be?


Jason Shawn Alexander, because I think he’d punch me back and we’d both enjoy it.


Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?


Well, there were three of us and we were all six years old. I don’t think it’s legal to write that kind of song.

At what point were you particularly happy?


I can’t point to a specific time period, but I do have particular moments of happiness: when I’m in the middle of creating something and it’s consuming me; when I feel an intense connection to someone I love; interacting with or observing animals.


No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?


I’ve already regretted about ten things today and it’s not even 6PM – you want just one from that mess? Okay, here’s a big one: I had planned to take down an oral history from my mother of her life, but her last visit with me was so fraught with all sorts of things that I only got a few hours of her talking on tape, and then I was ‘busy’ for a few months and she very suddenly died.


Happy now? You’ve made me cry.

What trait do your friends have in common?


An amazing ability to put up with me.


If you had to evacuate your home or studio, what's the one thing you would grab?


My cat, Am.

Greatest love of your life?


Depends. My love for another person? Michael Rozon, my husband. I’d entirely embraced the idea of being single until I died - and then I met him and fell harder than I believed possible.


My love for a bird? That International Sensation Bug Monkeybird, my sparrow, deceased.


My love for a cat? Rama the Amazing, deceased.


I could go on….


What is your favorite vice?


That kind that has a magnifying glass attached to it so you can examine tiny things…or is that vise?


When you blow out the birthday candles, what do you wish for?


That I don’t spit on the cake.

If you could play a character from a favorite film or TV show for a day, who would it be?


If it could be for a night instead of a day, it would be tremendous fun to be Selene from “Underworld.”


Do you ever lie?


No, of course not.


Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?


There are times I don’t understand the intent of my work. But I have had the incredible experience of having people tell me what they get out something I’ve created, and the times it matches up with my intentions feels like being naked: awkward or great, depending on where you are.

What virtue can you do without?


I seem to do without ‘restraint’ fairly often. This seems more a question for people that know me.


Do you even notice when you're swearing?


Yes. As it’s coming from my mouth, I think, “Oh, goodness, really? Was that necessary?”


What has been your proudest moment?


I like to think it’s still to come.

What would you like to be remembered for?


Someone who helped others see the world from a more generous point of view.


How would you prefer to die?


What makes you think I’m going to die?


For more on the show, visit the Corey Helford Gallery site here...


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