Thursday, February 28, 2008

DC Briggs Q&A

Tell us a little about yourself.
A) I am a native of Washington, DC. After years of trying to discover who I am as a person, I managed to find myself as an artist. It’s always manifested itself through various avenues but now I am aware of. My method of creating my art work is through the use of photography. In my mind I see very vivid images and I do my best to translate those images into something that the world can see as well.

Tell us about your recent artwork.
(A) Some of my more recent creations deal with a reflection of what I see is going on in society. I try to create images that provoke my audience to engage in some form of introspection. I present the good and the bad because they both make us who we are as individuals and as a community. Recently I created a piece that deals with our ties to China. I also have a new piece that I hope will spark a conversation about the true meaning of freedom and liberty. Hopefully it will be the launch pad for our journey back to true freedom.

What interests do you have other than art?
(A) Ahhhh, my interests. I love music because my entire nature of being thrives on a rhythm of some kind. Those who know me best know how I will make beats on anything. I have come to accept that it’s an involuntary action. Without music, I would be insane. I am big on politics and news. Being from DC, if you don’t have any bit of a passion for politics then you have no awareness of the world around you. It’s such an integral part of the culture of this region that it becomes almost imbedded in your DNA. Overall, there is no one set group of interests that I have because I like to engage in anything that captures my attention. My work is inspired by the world and life as a whole. This allows me a limitless spectrum of stimulating messages to communicate to the world. The only constant is that each message is presented in my own perspective and left open for each member of the audience that sees my images to develop their own perception of the journey that I lead them on.

How would you describe your art to someone who could not see it?
(A) Oh! That’s simple. I would explain it to them as visual communication through the use of emotion. For the blind, emotions are like visual images. Stevie Wonder is a master at making his audience see images in their minds through the emotions that he describes in his songs. I hope to one day sit down and explain my work to him.

Is any of your work political?
(A) Of course. I am from DC. In this city, everything and everybody is political. I remember the gangsters that I saw growing up. They were even political. I came to realize that everything is political. I tried to ignore that aspect that kept coming out in my work but it just comes naturally so I now embrace it fully.

Favorite short story or poem:
(A) Actually, I don’t have a favorite. Everything that I read parks itself into a special place in my mind and soul. What I have read that stands out to me changes from day to day. Everything that I read becomes a part of the composition of my personal philosophy so there’s no way to truly pick out a favorite.

Favorite lyrics to a song:
(A) “ I can tell you know how hard this life can be, but you keep on smiling for me.” –Cee-Lo Green

What are you currently reading?
(A) I am currently reading a book by George Carlin “When Is Jesus Bringing The Pork Chops?”