We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley and Liverpool to find out what children like you thought about some of the artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Here are Michelle Stuart’s answers to the children’s questions.
How does it feel to be an artist?
Being creative is a gift that you give yourself and the the gift is forever fulfilling.
Did you always want to be an artist?
I always wanted to be an artist, and never seriously considered anything else.
Who or what is your inspiration?
As for inspiration I assume that the question means – at the beginning – who was my inspiration?….I do not remember specifically…probably my mother who was quite creative and both my parents who fostered my creativity.
How do you get you ideas?
As for how I get my ideas I think that there are always life-long ideas that keep returning to an artist, but also along the way everything sparks ideas, with me it is, or has been, books and literature, but it could be anything, simply a vista that is strange or in some way compelling. Of course Alice in Wonderland is that kind of book, both compelling and mysterious.
- The Other Side of the Glass, 2010
- Michelle Stuart
- Michelle Stuart and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks and Projects
Do you ever get frustrated if you imagine something but can’t make it?
As for frustration, I actually embrace it, frustration is a powerful force.
Frustration challenges the person to seek a solution and that is very engaging. Looking for solutions is the most interesting part of life. It is the same as the journey is more than the destination.
Do you listen to music while you work?
Yes, I listen to music while I work, but not always, when I am really thinking about a solution I prefer silence.
If you visit the exhibition, we’d love to hear what you think about Michelle Stuart’s artworks. Let us know in the comments!