Friday, September 28, 2012

Hail Storm Inspiration: 12x12 Artist Bill Struby

Guest Interviewer: Cayla Lewis

Bill Struby, OKC

Bill Struby, Holds a Challenge (Golfball sized), Mixed, 12x12”

Q: What is the inspiration for your 12x12 piece?
Bill Struby: This piece is inspired by the constant storms of the last few years—particularly the hail storms.

Q: How do you go about collecting the materials for your collages and mixed media pieces?
Struby: I have several boxes of images and pieces of color that I have collected over many years. I especially like art magazines for color, and old magazines for what I refer to as "characters." In the last few years, I've found a number of websites that collect old advertising, and that has become a major source.

Q: Is there a particular kind of imagery or subject matter you are drawn to more than others?
Struby: Because I am usually constructing what I see as a story, I love images that can imply comedy, drama, or mystery.  That's probably why advertising is useful—old advertisements almost always have a storyline.  I enjoy taking images from one context and putting them into a new story.

I try to keep explanations of my work simple, maybe even sparse, because I don't want to direct the viewer too much.  Even though some of my titles can guide the viewer or provide a starting point, I like the idea of people finding their meaning, or additional meanings.

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