Twenty Questions: Artist Dede Brown
1. What’s been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?
Becoming a self-employed artist, designer and photographer, there’s nothing like the freedom of being your own boss.
2. What’s your least favorite piece of artwork? I
t’s already been destroyed.
3. What’s your favorite period of art history?
How can I pick just one?
4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?
• Roman Holiday
• To Kill A Mocking Bird
• Silence Like Glass
• Pan’s Labyrinth
• Little Miss Sunshine
5. Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the mornings, tea in the afternoons.
6. What book are you reading now?
“Naked” by David Sedaris.
7. What project are you working on now?
Currently editing photographs for three weddings, assembling various adverts for Bahama Hand Prints, developing ideas and starting new paintings for a show Dylan and I are having next March, beginning the flamingo sculpture for the airport and working on one commissioned painting. I’m sure I’m forgetting something.
8. What’s the last show that surprised you?
“NE6: Kingdom Come”. Everyone really stepped up to the plate on this one and I felt that as a whole the exhibition was truly exceptional. It’s encouraging to see so many Bahamian artists producing great work.
9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?
Junkanoo full stop.
10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island, which one would it be? Eleuthera.
11. What’s the most memorable artwork you’ve ever seen?
In truth I didn’t see it in person but recently watched a documentary about artist, Marina Abramovic and her performance retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2010, entitled “The Artist is Present”. Such a beautiful film and a very touching performance, wish I could have gone to see her.
12. Which artist do you have a secret crush on?
Dylan Rapillard, but don’t tell him.
13. If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?
14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country’s history? Sidney Poitier.
15. Who is your favorite living artist?
16. Sunrise or Sunset?
17. What role does the artist have in society?
Creating artwork that evokes a genuine emotion or response from the viewer – good, bad or ugly.
18. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
When I was four years old, I went to the grocery store with my mother, the elastic in my underwear was shot and I was wearing a dress. Although mummy insisted I just take them off, I insisted on keeping them on. As I walked down every aisle of the store, they kept falling to my ankles, my older sister and friend behind me laughing hysterically all the while.
19. What wouldn’t you do without?
20. What’s your definition of beauty?
The Nassau Guardian
Published: Saturday December 15, 2012