Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Elliot Fox; I have just finished my first year on the Fine Art Painting course at Camberwell College of Arts. I would describe myself primarily as a painter but I wouldn’t say that I’m restricted to a single medium as such.
What do you enjoy most about working in this medium?
I would have to say that it’s not the working with paint that I enjoy most, its more just the complexities and difficulties of working in a two dimensional format that interests me. I like the simplicity of it and the process I go through when making a piece of work is evident to the viewer which I think allows them to better understand how and why the work was made in the first place, perhaps allowing people to have a more personal relationship with the paintings.
What is more important to you; content or technique?
For me both are equally important, you cannot really have one without the other. Obviously one might be more important to me at a certain time but I’ve found recently that finding a balance of the two is a crucial part of maintaining a successful practice.
What themes do you pursue?
The majority, if not all of my work is made using autobiographical subject matter. I think my work contends with a lot of self-analyzing themes and I find this process almost therapeutic and to a degree addictive. I think without it I would struggle to be inspired to keep making paintings along this subject matter. Although in recent weeks I have found that the themes within my work have been broadening and although these familiar themes are still a current, they have perhaps become subtler.
When did you become interested in art?
I’ve always enjoyed drawing but I suppose I was first conscious of my interest in art from around 16 and the further I moved through education the more I realized that I wanted to refine my own style and continue making work which interested me. In turn my interest and knowledge of the art world grew and as such so has my interest in many other creative areas.
What do you dislike about the art world?
I think ideally if you want to make a career within the industry you have to be realistic about the fact that money is at times dispensed with no real sensibility. I suppose that annoys me to a degree but I wouldn’t say it keeps me up at night, it is what it is really and I think that the hypocrisy of it all is what makes it different to any other industry. You perhaps don’t always get what you deserve but I think if you can dedicate yourself to it you’ll get your rewards, or id like to hope that you do.
What role does the artist have in society?
I would say as far as a role in society you could describe artists as a social commentator? I don’t know its not like artist save lives or anything – I think I am realistic about the importance of the artists role in society but then again it would be a lot bleaker place without it for sure. I think all art is a performance, so you could call artists entertainers like would an actor or a musician.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
I would like to be able to make a living as a practicing artist. I suppose anyone starting out in the industry has the same sort of ideals. I wouldn’t really be able to comprehend anything past that at this moment in time.
What is your dream project?
I’ve never really considered a dream project I suppose If money wasn’t an object I would just up my scale and broaden my materials but I suppose that’s not very imaginative. I’ve always been interested in album artwork, maybe being given the chance to do the artwork for someone’s music I was really into and felt I could interoperate visually, that would be exciting for me – like a dream collaboration.