Featured Artist : Hazel Roberts

20 Questions to featured artist Hazel Roberts. 

1: Who are you?

Hazel Roberts  

2: What is your background?

A dodgy fine artist who has be corrupted by graphic design

3: Where were you born?

Warrington

4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.

The personal, the political, and sometimes playful. I work across a variety of media. Heavily influenced by Dada, Bauhaus, French cinema, literature and the need to bite back from all the bad advice given at art school.

5: How has your practice changed over time?

The medium changes, paint, print, typography, photography, installation, but my motivations stay the same. 

6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?

At the moment print. It helps me to slow down and speed up at the right time.

7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?

The power of language, overcoming obstacles, relationships, respect, the influence of others, the biographical, communication

8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?

Graphic designer, turned lecturer, occasional freelance photographer

9: What research do you do for your art?

Read!! I probably spend too much time researching – sometimes its about knowing when to put the books down.

10: What makes you angry? 

Ignorance, laziness and people who don’t vote. 

11: What is your favourite colour? 

Red

12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced? 

An installation that I’m currently working on recognising all those that were blacklisted and prevented from working in the northwest in the 1980’s, mainly for their political beliefs, membership or affiliation with the Communist party.

13: What music/album are you currently listening to? 

Baloji – 64 Bits and Malachite, but constantly returning to Damon Albarns Everyday Robots 

14: What makes you happy? 

Having time to create, discovering new things, good conversation

15: What are your favourite films?

The Hairdressers Husband, Jules et Jim – anything and everything by Truffaut or Godard 

16: Favourite place?

At the moment Berlin, but enjoy Manchester on a daily bases

17: One or more artists you like?

Oskar Schlemmer, El Lissitzky, Sophie Taeuber-Arp  

18: What is your favourite word?

Liberation

19: Professionally what is your goal?

To have the time to create and realise all the ideas I want to explore. 

20: What would your dream commission be? 

This is hard. Any commission with an element of collaboration. Collaboration is important to me, especially the forming of relationships, transferring knowledge and it always sharpens my thinking.

Image courtesy of the artist
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