BASELGEDDON: EOIN Q&A

November 4, 2014.

TEN QUESTIONS:

What do you write? Are you in a crew?

     My letterform pieces are just simply my name - EOIN. I work alone most of the time but I'm also in a crew based in LA - COI.

In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?

     I actually started painting walls in a small rural town here in Ireland not a city. Obviously, because it is a small town it was immediately noticed and the majority of the feedback I have gotten along the way in most of the places I have been has been positive. I think there can be a relationship between the artwork and the community rather than the artist and the community. The artist leaves their mark behind, some people will remember the artist personally but the artwork is what the people will form a connection to most of the time.

Did you go to school or are you self taught? 

     I went to college in Wales,UK. My degree is in Fine Art Sculpture. It's hard to tell what has been taught throughout my life and what I have learned myself.

How did you get started in the arts and why?

     I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, back to some of my earliest memories. It has been in my life for so long and such and integral part that I can't really imagine my life without art. So asking why, is like asking why do you breathe?

How long have you been working in the streets?

     Apart from running around tagging as a teenager I've only been working outdoors now for maybe 3 or 4 years.

Who or what inspires you the most?

     The concept of light, depth, movement and journey is what pushes me.

What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?

     I don't really hate anything about it, everyone has their own take on what they see, some people hate tags, some people can see the skill involved in them, others hate on full production walls and artwork not created with a certain material but I think most people will agree that a bit of color, whether it is a hand painted sign or a masterpiece, in their lives is better than grey. That and the idea that all street artists have curly mustaches and all graffiti writers are thugs!

Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?

     I have been fortunate to have found the opportunities I have had over the past few years so that I can do this full time. There is no right or wrong way to do it as long as you are creating and pushing yourself. Obviously not having to work 9-5 leaves you far more time to be creative but there is also a whole other spectrum of things that need your attention as well as actually producing work. I think it depends what role art plays in your life.

What are you working on now? 

     I am currently working on a new body of work in the studio and am starting to further my exploration of light, depth, movement and journey.

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?

     I hope to move and inspire people to reflect and connect.

Thank you,

EOIN

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