In the lead up to Reflection: Contemporary Portrait Exhibition at Surface Gallery, Nathan T. Dean has been interviewing the artists about their practice and the wider artistic environment today. All our artists have been asked the same questions on portraiture, selfie culture, art, and more, to get an insight into how an international array of artists - all coming together under one set form of portraiture - can explore, tackle, and discuss the form in such varied ways.
And we continue, with Sonja Benskin Mesher.
For people who are just discovering your pieces, can you tell us a bit about yourself, your artistic practice, and your work to date?
having worked full time as a visual artist for some time & used those years exploring ways to communicate thoughts and concerns
it is not all you see on the surface, it goes deeper than that. work goes back many years, what I have seen, experienced, touched and collected.
... watch me make things…..
am quite patient, hold my tongue, but can't say multi disciplinary.
i live here, in wales easily
Which artists inspire your work, and do you feel they too are portrait artists? Do you even regard yourself as a portrait artist?
no not specifically.
portraits are often the outward appearance; I work inward; feel the features & the heart of the matter
“I pickle it
as granny bottled the bitter pears”
In our current turbulent world, how do you feel portraiture fits into the current artistic and cultural climate?
As a follow up? Facebook, selfie culture, the public and the private? As an artist, what are your views on these elements, and does this change your artistic practice?
social media is as a sketch book to throw out ideas to learn and change
some people don’t make selfies in the current sense
How does it feel being a part of an exhibition with such a range of international artists?
we are artists without borders, we give and share,
not expecting anything
in return we are part of it all, and pleasantly
accepted without judgement.
the journey is endless to join as desired
NB: Some pieces depicted are of Sonja Mesher's overall work, and may not be in the Reflection exhibition itself.