Interview with Sigurður Ámundason
1. How long does it take to finish a drawing?
It really much varies on the piece. Lately I have taken more and more time on them but before I could
finish one in a month and a half. It usually takes 3 or 4 months now. With the large scale ones that is.
Smaller work can take from 2 days to 3 weeks.
2. What are you currently working on?
I am always working on at least one large scale drawing and a few small ones at the same time. I'm nearly done with a large one (1.5 m x 1.5 m). I also like stepping out of my comfort zone a lot and now I'm finishing a book of short stories, which I have never done before. At the same time I am writing this performance/ theatre/ video piece that I will show next summer and I hope will be about 60 minutes long. Many things at once, my mind kind of wants to work that way. No matter what kind of art I will do in the future, I will always be at the same time working on drawings.
3. Do you listen to music while working?
Yes I listen to a lot of different kind of music, though according to Spotify mostly symphonies, opera music and dramatic stuff like that.
I like to listen to podcasts as well and sometimes I even play movies while drawing, though usually something I've seen before.
4. Which artists (or other people) are you inspired by?
Goya and William Blake will always be my main bros but I also love Dieter Roth, Martin Kippenberger, Gregor Schneider, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Ragnar Kjartansson, Björk, Andy Kaufman, Dostoevsky, Bach, Kubrick, Cassavetes, Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig and so many more I forget.
5. What is your favourite place to see art, online or offline?
I like the great museums abroad, most of all modern or classical, doesn't matter, though I see most art online I guess.
6. What is the best part of being an artist?
I used to want to be a bird when I was younger so I could fly around but now I'd rather be human so I can make art. I don't know if that answers this question but I guess I put making art to a higher value than flying.
7. Are there any ongoing projects or upcoming (online) exhibitions where we can see your work?
Just with you guys! Apart from my instagram and tumblr.