Happy Halloween! We hope you’re enjoying this great holiday and munching away on way too much candy! As a holiday treat to you we have a 20 Q&A set with Zoe Williams to share! Zoe makes some of the most incredible sculptural creations we’ve seen and we are proud to be sharing her work with Denver tomorrow as a part of “Muses of Mount Helikon II”. We hope you’ll take the time to learn a bit about Zoe below and join us for the reception tomorrow night from 6 to 10PM.
1. What is your earliest memory?
I have a vivid memory of fireflies flashing at night over a luminous blue swimming pool, which can only have been from a trip I took to Connecticut with my parents. I was two.
2. What type of art did you create as a child?
The usual I guess. I remember making a picture book about rodents – except I couldn’t spell so it was called “Book of Rhodents”. It had a pearly pink cover and it was full of rats and mice and guinea pigs.
3. Do you have other artists in your family?
No. My mom was a microbiologist and my dad was a physicist and stay at home dad (now they are both retired). He also built and rebuilt our house.
4. Are you “self taught” or “traditionally educated”?
I guess I am both. I did go to school for art, but I am completely self taught at needle felting.
5. What artist has been most influential to your life?
I’m not sure about its influence on my own life, but I really admire Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle, and more recently River of Fundament.
6. Is there a subject you visit in your art more often than not?
Animals. Dreams. Spirits. The Collective Unconscious.
7. What non-art objects fill your studio space?
The usual supplies and things, but I try not to accumulate too much. Being surrounded by objects weighs on my creativity.
8. At what moment did you decide that you were going to pursue art as a career?
It took me a while to come back to making art after Katrina, but it actually wasn’t the moment I took up needle felting. A few months later I got a call from an old friend about a pop up show she was putting together and did I want to be a part of it. I said yes and I think that was the moment I decided.
9. Does your art support you or do you have a “day job”?
I have a part time “day job” doing social media marketing and community management. I work with some awesome people and I am extremely grateful for it!
10. What is your least favorite art buzzword?
“Emerging”. I am not a caterpillar!
11. Outside of the craft you are known for, are there any other art endeavors you pursue?
Not at the moment, but that’s mostly just due to time limitations.
12. Do you have any irrational fears?
Dots – like the spore cases on the backs of fern fronds. I can’t stand the sight of them.
13. Are there any scientific theories that fascinate you?
Recently I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the dawn of the atomic age – it’s a little morbid, but the accidents in particular fascinate me.
14. Is there one album or one musician/band that you are constantly enthralled by?
No. I don’t actually spend much time listening to music.
15. Do you find yourself more energized by the time you spend alone or with others?
A little of both. I need considerable alone time to work, but it’s great talking to other artists and sharing what we are working on. Openings are extremely stressful!
16. What is the most interesting dream you can recall?
I dream every night and I almost always remember my dreams, so there is a lot of material to choose from! My all time favorite dream is one in which I rescue a group of people from captivity and enslavement. The guards start shooting at us, so I step right in front of the bullets so that everyone else can get away. I die right there, but then I open my eyes and realize that death is not the end. Everything is covered in rainbows and it’s the most breathtakingly beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. The guards don’t even try to stop us.
17. Any guilty pleasures?
I love to watch TV while I work. I prefer shows that don’t demand too much attention. I’ve seen all 11 seasons of Frasier more times than I can count.
18. If you could travel to any place on Earth tomorrow, where would you land?
So many places! Somewhere to see the Northern Lights, The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, the Door to Hell in Turkmenistan, Carl Jung’s Bollingen Tower in Switzerland…
19. Where do you currently live and how did you come to reside here?
New York City. I came here by way of Seattle from my hometown of New Orleans.
20. What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love bananas!
“Muses of Mount Helikon II” opens tomorrow, November 1st, from 6 – 10 PM at Helikon Gallery & Studios. Helikon is located in the RiNo (River North) Art District at 3675 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO, 80216. For more information on this group exhibition and the gallery visit: helikongallery.com. For more information on Zoe and her work check out: zoewilliams.net.