Dominic is a creative artist and inventor extraordinaire and was recently featured on the US Late Show. We are delighted that he is speaking at our Digital Annexe University 2015.
His work does not allow for categorisation. He challenges us to stop the standardisation of our perceptions of the world and all that is in it. &nbs;He has studied both the RCA in London as well at the Edinburgh College of Art, and he now works in London, where he continues to draw and create, as well as blog and give talks.
A lot of your work challenges us to reconsider the banalities of every day, to see them in a more playful light. Does this come from a frustration with the social standardisation of ‘everyday’ items?
To be honest I just enjoy the challenge of making the things that surround me more interesting, exciting and surprising. I originally started because it was interesting to me, it was my own exploration. I use drawing and making as a way to visually communicate my ideas, and observations on everyday life.
For the video ‘re-invention of normal’, you returned home to your parents. Was there a particular reason for that?
It was actually pure coincidence that it took place up in Sunderland. I had a meeting there at the time, so we ended up filming there as well. Having said that, it was interesting to give an idea of where my ideas come from. Being near home and having my parents in the film gave it a slightly different dynamic, since I (like most people) am heavily influenced by my parents. My dad is quite a chatty person, he likes surprising people, making them laugh. He’ll often strike up a conversation with shop assistants and I’ll later get an email from them saying how much they liked meeting my Dad and how he told them all about my work. On the other hand, my mum is quieter, but a good observer. I think my work is demonstrative of both these traits. It can be exciting, surprising unexpected, but at the same time, it is expressed through still, silent objects.
Who is the artist or creator you most respect and admire at the moment?
Right now it would be Thomas Heatherwick. He has done (and continues to do) large scale projects, such as the London 2012 cauldron and the new Routemaster, and there is always something ingenious and surprising in his work. He is the designer that I currently most respect in terms of bravery to create things that push the boundaries.
Where is the best place to go as an artist looking for a break at the moment? For example, what ‘scene’ is likely to offer an aspiring artist the most hope at the moment?
It has to be the internet. I’m very much a believer in not relying on others for help and just doing it yourself. There may be certain times, places and communities that may help an aspiring artist get ahead, but these are all temporary. These are all susceptible to sudden change. For example Hackney is becoming less attractive to artists and designers than it once was simply because the price has rocketed. Now some artists are heading towards Peckham where there seem to be opportunities for artists. Having said all that, it is the internet which will endure. The internet is almost certain to be a free platform to showcase your art to hundreds, if not thousands of people every day. Good work will always spread and eventually reach the people who are interested in the same things as you.
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