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Interview with Jo Pilkington

OA: What is your favourite film of all time?

JP: An easier question to answer would be "what are your top ten favourite films?” as I seem to have so many :) However, today I'm going to give my vote to a relatively recent film: The Fighter.

OA: What music are you currently listening to and why?

JP: This month I'll be mostly listening to IAMX! IAMX is an independent music project founded by the former front man of the Sneaker Pimps - Chris Corner. Also, I tend not to listen to many female singers but I can't get enough of Lana Del Rey at the moment.

OA: Which living artists do you most admire and why?

JP: Anish Kapoor due to sheer scale, vibrant colours and materials used within his work. I also adore Andy Goldsworthy's work for very similar reasons! Hoping to make something Goldsworthy inspired in my garden this summer.

Another less known artist...is Gary Reef. He is an Australian artist I found on YouTube. He is a very prolific and passionate artist.

OA: Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

JP: Gustav Klimt, due to the intricate decorative quality of his work. Barbara Hepworth because when I make sculpture, hers is the kind of work I strive to create.

OA: Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

JP: Antoni Tapies - In the year 2000 I was in Barcelona and I wondered into a gallery to experience the textures, colours and raw art of Tapies. His art influenced my work for most of that year.

OA: What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

JP: How do you come up with your designs? I answer by saying my mind is flooded with ideas but my problem is I flit around too much! People assure me that I do have a style! I hope so :)

OA: What / who inspired you to be an artist?

JP: Music and film get me very creative! If I had more time I would have musical projects and film projects - by the way I can't play an instrument! But I would like to create something with samples, for my own enjoyment.

OA: Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

JP: Wherever I can. I used to have a studio however I have moved to the Shropshire countryside and into a smaller house - This meant a full studio had to fit into a large cupboard - It was a very emotional process. Things I had been hoarding for many years, mainly because I thought they had a lovely shape or interesting surface, were competing for survival - Many things had to go!

OA: What do you like most about being an artist?

JP: The freedom of experimentation. A more apt name for me would be experimenter rather than artist!

OA: What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

JP: Shipping many pieces of work overseas. I love looking on Google maps to see where they're going to live when they reach their new owner.

OA: What are your plans for the coming year?

JP: Creating a range of sculptures from resin - I will probably start these in the summer so I can work outside surrounded by fresh air.

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