Are you an artist who would like to share your ideas and participate in a larger project?  If so, I invite you to take part in an interview and ongoing research about how the contemporary artist operates in the art world today. You’re free to write as much or as little as you like in your response to the questions.

an invitation to an interview

The method to the madness. is on a mission to collect and publish as many interviews as possible between now and midnight Halloween when I lace on my running shoes.  The creative force of NaNoWriMo  is a month-long 50k writing sprint that  begins November first at 12 AM and ends 12 PM November 30.

An invitation to an interview
This picture is courtesy of

Week one flies by in a whirlwind of ideas. I’ll routinely remember that I need to write at least 1667 words per day if I want to finish during week two.  I’m ready to give up by week three but slog on despite the tedium.  By week four, the finish line will be in sight.  I will not be able to write fast enough.  I’m on a mission and time is running out as I limp my way across the 50k finish line with the soundtrack to Chariots of Fire playing in my imagination.

An invitation to an interview
“Would you like to introduce yourself?”
an invitation for an interview
“What is the artist’s role within their community?”

I don’t mind doing interviews.  I don’t mind answering thoughtful questions.  But I’m not thrilled about answering questions like, ‘If you were being mugged, and you had a lightsaber in one pocket and a whip in the other, which would you use?’Harrison Ford

I’ve gathered a handful of questions to help me understand your art and you as an artist while avoiding hypotheticals that begin with you being mugged.

Interview Questions

A warm welcome to  Would you like to introduce yourself?  Who are you and what do you do?

Why do you do what you do?

What was the last show that you saw and how did you like it?

How do you work?

What art do you most identify with?

How has your practice changed?

What is the artist’s role within their community?

Is there a question that you are itching to answer?

What’s the last art object that you purchased?

Do you feel that your art reflects your personality?

What work do you most enjoy?

Do you have any creative habits or rituals?

What themes and symbolism do you employ?

Do you collect anything?

What do you think that future generations will recall about the art world today?

What are some of the most inspiring things happening at present?

Where do you find ideas for your work?

What do you dislike about your art?

Do you have any grievances with the art world and how it operates?

What is your favorite viewer response to your art?

How do you view creativity?  What does “being creative” mean to you?

What is your favorite city for seeing art?

Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Which artist do you believe is most undervalued?

What do you wish to communicate with your art?

An invitation to an interview
This picture is courtesy of

The anthology’s purpose is to examine each artist individually, in relation to others, and to the larger art world.  Artist statements provide invaluable content for navigating National Novel Writing Month.   Among other things, they tell me where you generally agree and disagree.  Importantly, your responses will likely lead to fresh discovery.

Dear reader, if you are interested in participating, please write to me at  I will begin editing the anthology in January of 2017.   Feel free to answer the questions that interest you, while disregarding the others.  Thank you very much!

Best regards,

Brenda Haroutunian

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *