20 Questions to Robin Woolston (http://www.robynwoolston.com/)
1: Who are you? Robyn Woolston
2: What is your background? A beige canteen wall
3: Where were you born? Solihull, West Midlands
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words. Site. Material. Context. Waste. Value. Paradigm.
5: How has your practice changed over time? My social engagement has deepened & many of the projects I work on now last for months as opposed to days. My Fine Art has become increasingly more site-responsive and non-gallery based.
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in? No
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what? See question 4
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist? I once cleaned navy boats when they docked in Plymouth, later I drove a dumper tuck with a gang of lads digging drainage holes on a golf course, plus waitressing, bookselling, gallery assistant, stable hand, herb picker, sponge toy packer.
9: What research do you do for your art? read, listen, immerse, emerge
10: What makes you angry? intolerance …there’s an oxymoron right there
11: What is your favourite colour? Red
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced? ‘Habitus’ (2013) …a Las Vegas sign commissioned by Edge Hill University with the words ‘Welcome to the Fabulous Anthropocene Era’
13: What music/album are you currently listening to? The North Borders, Bonobo
14: What makes you happy? the sea, cinema, wild swimming, my dog, holding hands, deep deep sleep
15: What are your favourite films? Brazil, Once Upon a Time in America, Festen, Nostalgia for the Light, Ivul
16: Favourite place? Too too many but for starters the Kyle of Tongue and Ben Loyal, the Isle of Skye, the white sands and crystal blue waters of Morar beach
17: One or more artists you like? Anselm Kiefer, the Dogme 95 collective, Andrew Kötting, Käthe Kollwitz, Bill Viola, Elmgreen & Dragset
18: What is your favourite word? Luscious, fecund, deep (..too too many again!)
19: Professionally what is your goal? …to be financially viable, forever
20: What would your dream commission be? To visit the North Pacific Gyre & extract the plastic with a giant, yet to be created, plastic magnet. Then to the studio…