Artist Interview: Lauren Booth

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Do you do something creative everyday?

Yes. To be alive is to be creative. We are all creative beings expressing ourselves in multitudes of ways each day. As an artist, I have structured creative time and space daily.

I am a believer in a little often. I can't always get big chunks of time at my studio, but I'll take whatever time I can get and break it down into segments for various tasks

or projects.  Creative time keeps me sane. 


Do you have fallow or less productive periods? Or do you sometimes feel resistance to making work? How do you overcome it?


Yes, I do have fallow periods. I try not to judge them as less productive however. I think our creative spirit needs fallow times, just as a field does. Quiet dormant times are a natural 

cycle, like the seasons. I maintain a rhythm in my studio even when things seem to ebb. For example, I always keep a sketch book. I have a daily practice in my studio of spending 

10-20 minutes on my sketch book. This anchor helps me to visualize my thoughts and work through ideas. 


Why does artmaking matter?

I think that creating and enjoying art are fundamental to being human. Humans have been creating art since the dawn of time. Art is part of every culture, it can transcend
words and allow us to touch something that we couldn't access otherwise. Artmaking matters as it allows us to dip into the creative spirit and express something beyond
time and space. 


How old were you when you made your first art? When did you think you could do this as a career?


All children enjoy making art, and I was no different. I remember loving art classes as a child. When I was 16 I took a summer school drawing class and I had this experience where I

completely lost track of time while drawing a drain pipe and it's shadow. Around the same time I did a modeling job in a neon factory.  I think the meditative quality of the drawing

and the mesmerizing glow of the neon planted their seeds in me and they both continue, along with many other stimuli, to grow today.  As for when I thought that I could do this

as a career, I'd have to say, I'm still deciding.