The RAVEN: Recently sat down with artist Elisabeth Smolarz, their dialogue is below.
Sarah Walko (aka The Raven): How do you usually start your day? Do you like routine or not?
SW: What have you been listening to this past week? Reading?
My reading list for Feb/Mar is:
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red
SW: Who were a few very strong individuals that have influenced you?
and many [other] authors whose writing changed the way I look at the world.
SW: What is one current project you are working on we can look for coming up?
ES: I am working on a new video with an Iraqi Veteran.
SW: Do you spend a lot of time in the studio alone or need a lot of think space alone time? What is your balance of the need to retreat into a reclusive state to continually reconnect with your individual voice and then also be out in the world working with others, exhibiting, performing, lecturing etc.?
ES: I am a hermit, and feel a strong need to separate myself from the outside in order to be able to fully engage with it when the time comes to do so.
Dead: Ad Reinhardt
It’s quite perverse, because it makes you believe you owe your life to the country.
The second quote that comes to mind is more entertaining. A friend sent me a youtube link to a Zizek lecture in which he mentions Einstein’s famous quantum physics quote: God doesn’t play dice. and Niels Bohr’s reply: Don’t tell God what to do. The third quote is something Ilana Hammerman said to me:
You should always ask yourself, at what point, as a citizen of country, do you become an agent of injustice.
I guess because I am getting ready for my residency in Israel, I have been thinking about the concepts of nations and religions. I am sure if you ask me again I will remember something completely different.
SW: What kind of bird are you?