Artist Interview: Hendrix Travis

Hendrix Travis is exhibiting with Die Empty,travis skateboard  deck #1
June 27th- July 3rd 2013
Opening night Friday June 28th 5-9pm
Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane

What drives you?
A sense of wonder and infinite curiosity.

How did you discover your passion for art?
I’ve always created as a means of explaining, understanding, exploring and escaping.

What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?
I have knocked back various comfortable and profitable career offers to follow my travis skateboard  deck #2passion to create.  So far it is worth it but it feels like an uphill, against the grain type battle.

One thing you want to do before you die
Hold a massively successful sell out show of work in Europe!

Tell us something you want the world to know about you
Only what it can ask in person.

Which artists you admire?
Salvador Dali, Jacek Yerka, Ernst Fuchs, M.C. Escher, H.R. Geiger, Albrecht Durer, Heironymous Bosch, the list goes on and on but these were the first to spring to mind…

What’s your favourite quote/ song lyric?travis skateboard deck #3
“There’s an ocean between, where I am and where I want to be…” Flogging Molly

What’s the first CD you bought?
Green Day, Dookie

What is your most defining characteristic?
I’d like to think it’s my sense of adventure and ability to see the magic in the world.

If you could go back in time and visit your younger self what advice would you give?
Every experience you have is a chance to learn something.  Pay attention to the learnings in  every situation, good or bad.

Any major inspirations aside from other artists?travis skateboard  deck #4
Music, travel, adventure, movies, books, everyday happenstance, synchronicities

If you were a zombie whos brains would you eat first?
My own.

How do you plan your artwork?
I try not to plan it.  I start with random mark making to music, in the vein of automatic drawing.  I then see what imagery I can pull from out of the void.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?
Waistcoat, with a pocketwatch.

What are you afraid of?
Living and dying as a no one.  I am afraid of my life being forgotten over time.  Making a difference in the world and leaving a legacy is important to me.

What was the last thing that made you cry?
Frustration at not understanding the synchronicities that had led me to be where I am and what I am doing.

What was the last thing that made you laugh?
A great evening spent with good friends and a lot of banter!

Most embarressing moment?
I suspect my most embarrassing moment has been buried by my mind deep in my subconscious and is currently not accessible to me. This being the case, I tend to trust my mind to keep it safe and have no desire to delve in there looking for it.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Is it the same as when you were little?
A famous, eccentric artist extraordinaire!

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave you?
You can be whatever you want to be.  Follow your passion.

What are you looking forward to most about the Die Empty exhibit?
The opening night which I will unfortunately miss. The fandom that will increase as a result of the exposure.

Which of your artworks is your favourite and why?
The ones not yet created, because they possess infinite possibility!

How does your art reflect who you are?
They are literally photographs of my inner thoughts, subconscious and dreams.  As a viewer sees my work, they are meandering through my imagination.  How they interpret what they see, is as much a reflection of themselves as it is me.

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