Interview with Morgan Blair

If inspiration strikes in Brooklyn – this is where Morgan Blair lives – everything must serve that is next to her: receipts, flyers or moleskine books she has put in her bag precautionary – nothing can stop Blair at that time.

That’s great, we think, because this is what her often absurd and wonderful drawings and paintings originate from. Maybe they are not finished with the final stroke, remain fragmentary. But always colourful!

Why Morgan Blair is making art at all and what kind of chocolate she likes best you can read after the click!

Why and when did you start making art?
Well, when I was little kid, and I don’t remember why. I just liked it,
it was fun. I never had any brothers or sisters so I spent a lot of time
amusing myself.

What kind of art do you make?
I’m not sure. If it were a genre of music maybe it could be called “freak wave“

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Early to mid-1990s fashion, music, and VHS and computer game graphics; pop culure; easter candies; legos; Magic Eye; puzzles; and feelings.

What does your usual workday look like?
Brush my teeth while examining the state of my rattail. Eat greek yogurt with honey and a kiwi cut up into it while watching the latest episode of Jersey Shore if there is one available. Put on the same clothes I wore the day before. Make myself lunch, pack it into my backpack with my computer. Bike to my studio, curse at at least one car or truck along the way. Check out what’s going on with the stray studio cats outside the building; try not to frighten them on my way past and think to myself that someday we will be great friends. Go inside around noon, turn on NPR, and answer emails while I eat lunch. Work the rest of the day on whatever it is I’m working on. Bike home around 7 or 8 or whenever I get hungry, check the mail, heave my bike up the stairs. Make dinner with my boyfriend, watch  Roseanne, discuss mertis of Roseanne. Work on a puzzle or on our
computers, go to sleep.

How do you spend a perfect sunday?
On a realisticly perfect Sunday I would make pancakes with lots of fruit for my boyfriend and myeslf. Then we would set out on some kind of adventure – a long walk or bike ride to some thrift stores or the park or the beach or the city. After gallavanting around with some friends we would eventually return home with groceries and make a big pot of soup while listening to Genesis – ABACAB on casette.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
The chocolate on a malted easter egg, or on the butt of a piece of candy corn. Or “indian corn.“

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
All work from Anthony Ausgang , Michael
Dotson, and Richard Colman .

Whom should we interview next?
Kill Pixie . If he isn’t available, I would love to read an interview with Lisa Frank .

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom
would you choose?

I don’t drink coffee. But if I did, I would wish to have it with a dead
Thomas Kinkade, ala Weekend at Bernies.

What is your philosophy of life?
Hmm… I don’t think I could narrow it down to a single philosophy. I did sort of decide around fourth or fifth grade that the story only goes one way, so you should just sort of try to make it go the way you’d like it to have happened. Life, that is. Is that a philosophy?

Thanks, Morgan!