Each Month We Feature An Artist That Inspire Us.
This month it "James Roper" | Manchester, United Kingdom
1. If you could meet any artist (past/present) who would it be? And why?David Lynch. I'd like to ask him where he got the idea for the blue box in Mulholland Drive. I made a blue box as a piece of art about 2 years before seeing the film and wrote it into a story that informed a few of my paintings in which it appears. When I later saw the film and Betty pulls it out of her handbag it freaked me out. I do a lot of meditation, as does Lynch, and I feel we both may have pulled the same idea out of the collective unconscious somehow.
2. Did your childhood environment have any influence on your creative?
I had a fairly normal childhood. I enjoy watching Spielberg's early films like E.T. and Poltergeist (which he produced) as they bring strange entities into everyday suburbia. I feel my work was initially an attempt to bring some magic into my otherwise normal suburban life in a similar way.
3. Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
I recently heard Jordan Peterson distill down his teachings into 3 sentences: 1) Don’t say things that will make you weak, 2) Lift your eyes above the horizon and aim at the highest star that you can contemplate, 3) Put your family in order. You can't go far wrong with those in my opinion.
4. What does “being creative” mean to you?
Allowing yourself freedom of thought and to not judge what comes up. To express that, put it into an unconventional language and reveal to others the unique workings of your internal landscape, both emotionally and intellectually.
5. On a lighter note what Muppet character best fit your personality? And why?
Kermit the Frog. My girlfriends have tended to be, let's say 'strong willed' ...I hope none of my ex's read this.