What do you do at WWAS?
I am a drawing and painting tutor to adults and children. The aim is to connect skill and experience with the individual sensibility and to build confidence and intent.
Tell us about your artistic/career journey to this point.
Art in one form or another has always been in my life from a young age and throughout my adult life. There is no separation of art and life for me, they feed each other.
As an adult, I studied graphic design before working as a stylist with the fashion magazine Follow Me. We had autonomy over the photographic fashion stories we put on the pages. It was a collaborative process with the photographers, hair and makeup stylists, models, and myself. In some ways, this open and fluid way of working has never left me. I finally made my dream and studied a BFA and an MFA at the National Art School in the painting discipline. I now work in the
conceptual, hybrid and spatial expanded field working across media and mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation.
What is your favourite thing about WWAS?
WWAS to me is not just one thing but an accumulation of elements – the community, the students, tutors, the not-for-profit ethos, the atmosphere, the building.
If you could share a meal with three artists living or dead, who would they be?
Too many to name.. but it would be interesting to eat and talk with the prehistoric Lascaux caves artists, the Renaissance artist Artemesia Genteliski, and French American 20th Century artist, Louise Bourgeois.
What do you do when not creating or teaching?
There is no separation between art and life. My life feeds into my art practice and my art into my life. There is creativity in everything, everybody is an artist.
What inspires or motivates you?
great conversations, pushing artistic boundaries, good friends, family,music, movies.
What are you listening to?
podcasts, jazz, spoken word poetry, and experimental sounds.
What are you currently reading?
Poetics of Relation by French-Caribbean writer and philosopher Edouard Glissant
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
bring equality for all – free education, affordable health and housing, end poverty, nurture the environment, peace and love on earth.
Pip teaches at WWAS on Thursdays:
Contemporary Painting & Drawing (1:30 – 4:30)