Sorry it's been so long - I've been working on layout and interviews for the next issue, I swear! If you still haven't gotten a copy, please do, we could really use the support! You can purchase them here or send me an email if you have any special requests. There's also a nice 25% off sale on magcloud right now, which might help convince you. But if you still need convincing.... I saw that Oliver Jeffers (who we featured in the last issue) has a new book out (looks quite lovely, see it here on amazon), and I thought a little excerpt from his interview might be a nice teaser. Enjoy!
Domestic Etch: Although art and math don’t seem initially intertwined, one of your painting series has a focus on mathematics. What inspired this series? To me, it calls to mind Fibonacci and fractals and their relation to nature, or is this something completely different?
Oliver Jeffers: A bit like that, but not really. Fibonnaci and fractals are all about patterns, whereas my work is interested in the difference between two systems of understanding our world; logical understanding and emotional understanding, and what happens whenever I try to examine the same subject or convey the same information using both systems, hence replacing peoples facial expressions with mathematical formula. I wasn't really into maths at all until I became interested in the aesthetics of putting a sterile mathematical equation on a gestural painting. It was the same reason that I got into putting words and pictures together, the idea of tying them together with design purposes. Anyway, I thought they looked really cool together, and thought conceptually there was an interesting contrast, but I needed to know more about what the equation was doing, which was when I began conversations with a professor of Quantum Physics, and that changed everything.
DE: Where did you grow up? How did that affect your style? Are there any artists in your family?
OJ: I grew up in Belfast Northern Ireland, and when I stop to think about it, that probably had a lot to do with the development of my style and sense of humour. I grew up in the middle of what is referred to as 'The Troubles' where basically Catholics and Protestants were trying to kill each other. It wasn't very pleasant, but among the majority of people who did not involve themselves in the struggle, it cultivated a unique perspective of the world, that involved basically putting the head down and ploughing through regardless, a characteristic usually executed through a particularly cynical sense of humour.