Apr 30, 2012

5 Questions with Allison Sommers, Painter of Adorable Half-Nightmares

The Beginning, 2011
All artwork  accompanying this interview is © Allison Sommers

I've been following Allison's work for a long, long time.

Like so many painters who genuinely care about what they do, she is short on words and long on visual wisdom. Does that make her a walking proverb? Maybe. Thank all that is good and true for such people.

So, Allison...

1. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Noisy, industrious, twitchy.

2. If you couldn't paint - for any reason whatsoever - what would you do? 
Some sort of animal husbandry.

3. How does a painting come into the world? 
Sticky, blotchy, and hollering, just like the rest of us.

4. What's the one question you wish people would ask you about your work?
"Which ones do your 'assistants' do?"

5. Cindy Sherman goes up against Damien Hirst in a no-holds-barred cage match. Who wins? 
Sherman moitilizes Hirst with a titanic pair of fake breasts. The ghost of Hirst pickles her. I'm not sure who wins.

Allison Sommers on Flickr || Google+ || tumblr || her website 

Traveling Band, 2007

Sleepwalker, 2007

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