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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 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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