The final of our four artists for the first Leeds-Louisville creative project is Debi – we’d been talking about collaborating for months and it was when we started to pull that collaboration together that the idea of producing a trans-atlantic project emerged so, Debi…
Jon: How did you find the project?
Debi: After the lull of Christmas and New Year this project was just the thing to jump start a creative 2012 – very refreshing.
And how much did you know about Louisville before you started?
Shamefacedly l knew very little but the project got me curious and thanks to the power of Google l now know a lot more and my ears will be pricked the next time l hear Louisville mentioned.
What do you think to collaborative projects such as this?
Before my first collaboration I had reservations but found my main concerns i.e. ‘my collab partner and I have different ideas’ or ‘I’m not in control of the outcome’, are the very reasons to embrace such a project. Working with and sharing new media, ideas and ways of doing is eye opening and not being in total control is the core reason for collaborating.
- Don’t be afraid – give it a go.
- Communicate honestly with your partner.
- Be realistic about how much you can put into the project, time wise especially, but when it comes to skills, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries.
- Go with your gut instinct.
- Come to decisions quickly (not too quickly) and if something isn’t working, move on.
- Document the process.
- HAVE FUN.
What’s your general creative practice?
‘Visual Artist’ is a bit nondescript but l cant find an alternative. I sculpt, draw, paint, collage (mainly) but use photography, make prints, site specific and performance work. My main concerns are in ‘absence and evidence’ but l don’t restrict myself.
…and any recent career highlights?
Professionally (but, unfortunately, not financially), 2011 was a very good year all round – lots of exhibitions and a few firsts like going freelance, having works published and a first solo exhibition.
So, after this – what’s next?
A month-long drawing-a-day project and a couple of exhibitions to prepare work for. I also have a list of potential projects l’d like to make a dent in but it’s unrealistically long. And the bug bear l must conquer soon is to start blogging!
For more see Debi’s Flickr pics – a mixture of photography, art and the obligatory kitten shots!
Image © Debi Holbrook – all rights reserved.