Inside the Studio

Claire Brewster

Favorite material to work with?

What is your medium?
Found ephemera and old paper.

How many years as an artist?
Since I was born.

Most important tool you use?
My knife.

Where is your studio?
At my home in Islington, London

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Never give up.

Why do you make art?
Because I have to.

Art school or self-taught?
Art school.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

iTunes, spotify, records?
6 music, or iTunes

Everyone has a vice. Care to call yourself out?
Cheap chocolate and cheesy rom coms (oh that’s 2)

Favorite sound?

Where can we find you outside the studio?
I don’t get out much!

Who are your favorite writers?
Murakami, Auster, Lessing.

What could you not do without?
Time alone.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
I don’t know, being an artist isn’t really a choice

Day job?

Food or sleep?
Right now sleep, but mostly food.

Greatest achievement?
Getting this far.

Would you rather be able to make a living as an artist now or become famous after you die?
NOW, nothing matters but the now.

Were you popular in high school?
No, I was a geeky introvert.

What do you collect?

Favorite contemporary artist?
Robert Rauschenberg.

Which living or dead artist would you most like to meet?
Louise Bourgeouis.

Every get hurt ‘on the job’?
I stab my fingers on a daily basis.

Outsourcing or handmade?
Always handmade.

Feelings on taxidermy?
Love love love it.