To celebrate Chasing Ghosts’ ‘That One Shot’ competition opening this Friday in conjunction with their ‘Uppercup’ exhibition, we have conducted some quick Q&A with a few of the artists contributing artists.
First up, SHIZ.
Where are you from / based:
Describe your work or style:
I guess you can call it surrealistic-pop art of some kind, but that’s most of the time, it changes a lot so I don’t really give it a name anymore, I just call it SHIZ.
The Uppercup event is raising money for animal welfare, why is this a cause that you wanted to support?
I’ve stopped eating animals when I was 3 years old, last year I worked as a therapeutic dog trainer – training dogs and then using the trained dogs to helping autistic/retarded people. I have really enjoy and cared for animals since I was little, and if I can help them out with the best tool that I have – my art, then there is nothing better that I can imagine myself doing.
Can you tell us a bit about your piece?
Basically, I just played with the cup concept (to hold liquid), it has a liquid that moves inside it and separates the two worlds of the cup, one is warm and smooth while the other is cold and sharp.
Do you think urban art plays a part in raising awareness for causes such as animal welfare?
Not really, I think it’s mostly raising awareness for the artists’s ego.
How did you decide upon your name / tag?
It’s actually comes from the black slang, it just means shit. I was a kid when I chose it so it was more of a joke, but with time it took a much deeper twist that implies about my perspective of art, and the art that I do, and the art we consume.
It’s still kind of a joke, I’m just the only one who gets it.
Who or what motivates you?
The future and the present. The future because I want to see myself as an artist who manages to live from his art without doing anything else, so it drives me to work hard to see that happening. While i work hard I manage to see a lot of progress and experience more and more from the art world – people, ideas, places and I start to see how my art begins to get more recognized and I get messages from people who lives in places that I never imagined existed telling me they like my art. It just makes it feel right. Always.
Who is your biggest creative inspiration?
Me – My life, the beauty around me, the ugliness ,all that I hate, the few that I love, dreams.
Who are you currently listening to?
Serge Gainsburg. Totally.
Who is your favourite artist of all time?
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Hayao Miyazaki, I think his art and knowledge can contribute more to my art, and he also seems like a fun character.