1. Who is your favourite artist?
Currently, I'm most inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, whom I would best describe as an environmental sculptor. Much of his work is inquisitive and playful and accessible to all as inspiration.
2. What were you like as a child?
I can remember wanting to fly with the birds, spending hours lying in the grass looking up at shape shifting clouds, and figuring out how to build wings.
I can remember being late for kindergarten, with a soaker, after having walked up the creek most of the way to school with all the curiousity of a kid.
3. Do you have any rituals for creating your art?
Ultimately, I need to leave myself and my preconceptions behind. I need to do whatever it takes to get to that place where I don't interfere with my work.
4. What impact do you hope your art has on others?
I think this world would be a much happier place if humans were allowed to enjoy themselves authentically from an early age. Yes, that means be creative. And of course within the context of living in this world with a small footprint. I like to try to live creatively, and inspire others to do the same.
I find that people who call themselves 'non-creative' tend to separate themselves from creative work. These people tend to want to know the meaning the artist intends in a piece, rather than responding freely with their own instincts and experiences and perhaps gaining inspiration. I believe that every person is creative even if secretively (even to themselves).
5. Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas must come from beyond my understanding of my own limitations and then are developed subject to my limitations.
Selina Jane Eckersall is a content marketing strategist, freelance writer and entrepreneur living and working in Burlington ON. Selina is the Executive Director of No Vacancy.