in all the interviews and questions you've answered online all of what you say sounds so deep and philosophical and complex even if its a simple question. Do you ever turn off the whole smart/deep thinker thing and talk and act like a normal guy or is that switch permanently on for you? not that its a bad thing it just makes you less relatable I guess
Tough question to answer, but I think there is an honesty to it that warrants response. As a person, I’m probably a bit too relatable. We could sit down, have a beer and the good times would roll. Although the trend today is to be liked by everyone, and instant gratification comes easy, art and writing that delivers what we’ve always expected or only supports that which we know doesn’t do much for me, or any of us; sorry to say. At the heart of it, I make things out of a need to challenge that which I know and for personal betterment and mastery. If millions of artists reached for that as a goal versus the seeking of popularity or fame by playing to fashion, could you imagine the good that we could do? The things that we write, draw and sculpt are a reflection of who we are. Why not put our best forward?
Hey Sterling! Who would you say are your artistic inspirations and what gives those people that qualification for you?
My artistic influences run the gambit from Picasso to Bernini. I am intrigued by writers, theory, facility, ambition, and honesty in work. Art history is a humbling consideration, and time even more so. While influences are certainly important, I am continually trying to dig deeper into what motivates me at my core. What do I love; what to I loathe. That’s where the rich shit comes from.