IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST
The Interview – Part 1
Answered By A.W. Mundt-Davis
Describe the most joyful and/or the most painful artwork you ever created and why you qualified it as such.
Recent poems have been the most painful, confessionally (painful in their material covering themes that culturally are, for better, or worse, sidelined).
Where they do intersect with individuals is a challenge to identify: either the associations with past historic events that present problems imaginatively for individuals, especially challenging that they require research and recall (for instance, a persona piece in the voice of Fulvia to Mark Antony, when she is pushed out of Senate and in exodus to Greece with their children, in the form of a fictitious epistle, while he just lounges away indulging himself with Cleopatra). Some of it is challenging because of how much I shake, or emotion I might be trying to control in the form ‘neath a pen on the page (especially notate mourning and grief, many losses that have been informing music I’ve written, or poems) . This kind of applies to one of your later questions I’ll come back to… Challenging because of the heartache with current issues and events that can simultaneously put me at odds with some people I love (a family love, you can’t get rid of your family, but maybe you don’t spend as much time with those particular individuals). A mentor came down with dementia, a person who inspired me to love words, and the devastation in watching that talent and control for language fail is very teary eyed to convey at the moment. Health has been especially challenging during this group of poems that culminate the last, I don’t know, math’s not a skill I can apply strongly, several decades(???), and my life in between with tormentors and friends, some of them go back to 2008 or prior, analogously digging up cadavers that have gone into the metaphorical grave, while others ask me, “Why does this matter?” “Isn’t poetry dead?” “You don’t believe that, do you?” “Oh, you’re one of them!” Pick your witch hunt. People can be especially critical, especially with the internet. Did I mention diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Degenerative Disk Disease? Particularly with the inherent male sex I have these diagnoses can put me, often, outside the social sphere most people inhabit, regularly, taboo realms that makes it especially difficult to identify those with whom I relate.
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‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art. By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others. As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society. If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.
This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives. These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.
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