The Artist Interview Process Reactions

In class on 9/22 we broke up into partners to conduct interviews with each other.

Each student generated 5-8 questions to ask a fellow artist partner about their work. The answers were recorded by the interviewer and then given back to the interviewees. The interviewees become aware of their spoken word, and how they responded and reacted to the questions.

Please add your comments below to the following questions –

  1. What was the most helpful aspect of the interview process?

2. What did you discover about your spoken reactions after reviewing them in a written format?

3. Share any other related reactions from the experience here in the comments.

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8 thoughts on “The Artist Interview Process Reactions

  1. 1. I found that the most helpful aspect of the interview process was being asked questions I couldn’t prepare for ahead of time. It gave me less time for preconception and more to improvisation.

    2. I discovered that I should probably elaborate more on my ethnicity when discussing my background (my own Italian heritage played a large part in my upbringing). I also found it somewhat difficult to talk about my background because I come from two different cultures.

    3. I would say that I’m glad I did this exercise, and I’ll know how to approach certain questions better if I ever get interviewed again.

  2. The interview reminded me of something that is very important I should mention on my paper but I have forgotten. Absolutely helpful, it was!

  3. 1. The most helpful process of the interview process was reading back what I said. It helped me realize that speaking to someone versus the pressure of writing helps me communicate my ideas more clearly.

    2. I discovered that I explain myself more clearly when I speak. It may happen that way because I don’t really have time to overthink my answers.

    3. I will absolutely try and complete this exercise before I write my next artist statement for a new body of work. It will help me cut the time in half and also help me realize unnecessary information that I should just leave out.

  4. 1.) The questions allowed me to slow down and think a little more about where certain aspects of my work came from. The interviewer asked me about my life, my past, growing up, family values, etc and as I was answering I came to realize that many things in my work come from an underlying fundamental in my upbringing. So that was pretty cool and very helpful.

    2.) I discovered that I can actually answer pretty well on the fly. Having to write answers can sometimes cause one to overthink or write a dissertation! In answering them out loud, I was able to pause, think, and answer, a thought out, educated answer in a good amount of time.

    3.) It just really helped me see where my work comes from, with regards to ideas and how I portray them. Much of my work, in fact, comes from my spiritual background… who knew?! 🙂

  5. 1. The most helpful part of the process was being able to answer questions that I hadn’t thought of and then to evaluate what I said during the interview.
    2. I learned that my spoken reactions seem to flow more freey than written reactions.My answers were succinct and to the point.
    3. It was interesting to read back the written response because I hadn’t prepared the answers because i hadn’t anticipaed the questions. I found I was easily able to express thoughts that I had been having difficulty writing

  6. 1. I found the most helpful part of the interview was actually hearing my partners answers. Hearing her respond to questions helped me figure out how to answer my own questions in a straight forward and honest way. It was also interesting to hear another artist at the same place as me talking about method, inspiration and goals.
    2. I hadn’t realized beforehand how many things actually inspired and influenced my personal body of work. It was interest to come to realize this through conversation in an interview setting.
    3. I really enjoyed working with a partner to discuss art, and methods. I feel that I learned a lot about my partner as well as myself, which is always nice.

  7. 1. 1. A helpful part of the interview was having to think about my work and direction on the spot and not being able to plan my answers.
    2. I discovered that I don’t speak in full sentences; I kind of say random ideas. I also am not grammatically correct when I talk.

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