Plastorm is an artist I want to get to know. How about you? Here are some answers to a few random questions I put to him.
“As far as any formal art background or education, I have none. I earned my degree in Film and still work as a Video Editor. The interesting thing is, my editing and painting workflow is not that different. Each thrill me with the daily complexities of assembling order from chaos.
“Another ‘game-changer’ in terms of securing a proper foundation for the production of art was reading Stephen King’s, On Writing. I read that with exclamative lightning bolts flashing over my eyes. His description of the creative process mirrored what was already percolating in my brain. Hearing very much the same from him made those thoughts trustworthy!”
The name Plastorm came from a dream I had while still in high school, featuring three green lizards carrying briefcases. It’s been with me ever since.
“The most memorable and cherished response [to his work] will probably always be from the owner/operator of Outsiderart.info: “Plastorm creates mythicons, colorfully drawn with caveman eyes and mathematician hands.”
Is the artistic life lonely? I asked. If so, what do you do to counteract it?
“Yes! Nothing. I embrace it joyfully. An old friend once told me, ‘There’s a difference between being alone, and being lonely.’ Like many painters/artists, I need a great deal of alone time; I cherish and horde it like gold. With my own painting process, it can often take hours of various warmups or busy work just to finally get my synapses firing adequately. Luckily, I’ve got a great relationship with someone who loves his alone time just as much as I do. But here’s the key: if he wasn’t there I WOULD be lonely. Just knowing he’s there keeps the fires lit in the solitary confines of my backyard studio. As such, there’s no other place in the world I’d rather be. I’d also be remiss to forget to mention my two dogs. I don’t think it’s possible to be completely lonely with two Golden Retrievers!”
A good painting talks to me as if I’m taking dictation. It’s the most miraculous experience in the world!
Next I asked him what research he did before starting a project.
“Strangely, research often happens while in the middle of a project. As mentioned, I’ve co-opted Stephen King’s metaphor for the writing process as I don’t think there could be a better description. He views the writing process as an archeological excavation. The moment I read that, lighting struck! Yes! Painting IS like digging for fossils. You brush away the dirt and clutter to reveal the bones underneath. For myself, those bones frequently reveal stories and structures that feel pre-built and whole. My job is to simply get out of the way and let those discoveries unfold. When all is said and done, I have uncovered myths, legends, and history that, to my knowledge, were previously unknown to me.”
What couldn’t you do without?
“Podcasts, The Simpsons, carbonated water, popsicles, my Adderrall prescription, and Investigation Discovery!”
Now don’t you want to just crawl into that brain and hang out for awhile?