Interview with Jad Fair
us through an intimate day in your life
wife and I have two horses and two dogs. I feed them at 6:30am. After that I
have a breakfast
and start to work on art or music. For the past 12 years my main focus has been
I try to do at least 5 each day.
Where did you grow up/where do you live now and how does that contribute to
grew up in Michigan and now live in Texas. I don't know that
where I live makes any difference in my art. When I first started paper-cutting
I was traveling a lot. I wanted to have an art form which would be easy for me
to fit in my suitcase.
What is your earliest memory that propelled you to create?
started drawing at an early age. It comes very natural to me. I don't think any
outside force propels me.
I propel myself.
Tell us a little bit about your creative process.
not aware of any creative process. I take it for granted. It's always there.
How do you wish for your art to be perceived?
want people to like my art and music, but it doesn't bother me if they don't.
What do your internal dialogues sound like?
of the art I do is done very fast. I'm sure there is a thought process, but it
happens so fast that I'm not aware of it.
Do you feel that there are limitations to what you want to create?
done some very large paper-cuttings, and I would like to do more, but the cost
of framing an extra large cut is expensive, so most of the cuttings I do are a
size that I can easily scan and frame. I don't feel a limitation in what I'm
capable of doing. I feel a limitation in what I can afford to do.
Do you feel art is vital to survival and if so, why?
don't feel it's vital to survival. I certainly could survive without it, but
I'm much happier with art than I am without it.
Tell us a secret, and obsession.
don't tell secrets. I've done thousands of paper-cuts. I've never thought of
paper-cutting as an obsession, but if I have one that would be it.
Where can people see more of your work on the internet?