Artist Proof Interview with Artist: Pashet
Global Location: UK
Pashet was born to prolific artist parents in the little coastal town in South Africa, 1975.
Based in London after traveling Africa, Pashet’s work is a diverse combination of mixed media interweaving digital art, collage, paint and hand drawn monochrome patterns.
AP: How long have you been making art for and what lead you to start?
P: It’s been a lifelong journey. Born to artistic parents didn’t leave much choice but to create.My life was surrounded by their creative projects giving me the insight and balance of 2 complimentary styles.
AP: Where do you currently live and work ? And how does this influence your work?
P: I’ve been creating at an arts community in East London, part of the Arts Organization. It’s allowed me to focus fully on my art and live expressively.
AP: Did you have formal training if so what? If you’re self taught can you tell us what you prefer about being a self taught artist vs having formal training?
P: I studied fine art and graphics for 4 years at ABDM in Johannesburg. I’m grateful to have had the education though still prefer to think outside the box.
AP: Can you tell us about where you make your work is it in your house, a studio etc.. and how it effects your work?
P: There is a gallery space downstairs with my art on display, though my room has transformed into my studio space.This little paradise has everything in one place and I don’t have to go far. I sleep with my art.
AP: What are some of you favorite design projects/exhibitions you have worked on to date?
P: Enjoyed setting up an exhibition at the Brick house in brick lane. They have this incredible fold up stage that I could display all my unframed works on. Love utilizing space.
Also Enjoyed a cathartic process of painting over an old project for my latest Mayfair exhibition at Cielo Gallery.
AP: What is your medium of choice ?
P: Pen, paper, scissors, camera, acrylic, oil, pencils, petals, ink, glass, Wacom tablet, 3D paint … Very excited to try some resin too.The skill in diversity is to bring all these mediums together to formulate the combination of all in one. Constantly playing towards that piece.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work?
P: The content comes from the cosmos within as the technique draws it out…the one is not complete without the other.
AP: In what direction would you like to see your work going over the next five years?
P: My work is naturally progressing into a place of meditative patterns. It’s taking on a life of its own by giving in completely to intuition of movement.I think the simplicity is making it more versatile. Id love to take these patterns into print on material, fine crafted jewelry and moving light projections.
AP: What forth coming projects and or exhibitions do you have scheduled for 2011?
P: I’m joining Art platform, a charity based project, helping global awareness while elevating art.Always interested in new projects and organic ideas to improve and beautify our surroundings.
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist.
P: Opening my eyes to this reality and having a moment to breathe.Pull the sewing machine towards the bed, make myself some velvet trousers, dress and eventually get out of bed. Make some spice tea then go upstairs to visit the fairy queen and her 17 snakes. On a rare sunny day, will embrace the rays by lying on the trampoline with pen and paper and when happy with the final artwork, have a little bounce. Once back indoors may write a Pashi quote on the wall and try very hard to avoid the computer. The evening is saved for yoga followed by painting until opening my eyes again and reliving the process over in a completely different way.
AP: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.
P: Thanks for constantly putting artists forward.