The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Emily Moore: Emily Moore, 32, Artist, Self Employed
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
EM: I guess travel would be the main hobby which inspires my work. I love taking trips when I can, often to the snow. Snowboarding is a huge passion of mine. After leaving school I spent six winter seasons in France and California so the mountains still have a big pull on me and my work.
Photography is another hobby which is essential to my studio practice. I try to take photographs whenever I'm away on trips. I use Instagram a lot as well.
I'm very active and know that being physically fit always benefits my studio time. I definitely find there are parallels between exercise and creativity. I sometimes go through long periods without doing one or the other and always feel worse off because of it. For me regular exercise and art make a happy person!
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
EM: Luckily for me, my personal work is my profession so the main challenge is balancing my personal life with 'professional studio time' and my part-time job.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
EM: I'm definitely a morning person. I work part-time in the evenings so try to keep my days free where possible for studio time.
In terms of creativity, if I'm starting a new piece I like to be in a good state of mind, whereas if I'm mid-way through a painting I find it really easy to be productive and can work straight through for long periods regardless.
A lot of my creative thoughts are when I'm lying in bed, trying to sleep. I should probably get myself a bedside table sketchbook but I normally just let myself sleep and hope I haven't forgotten everything by morning. I'm not much of a sketchbook user. Occasionally.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
EM: I'm just excited to continue making work. I moved to a larger studio at the beginning of April and think the move really helped push my paintings forward both in scale and composition. I want to keep the momentum going. Who knows, maybe bigger!?
It would be nice to also exhibit more next year. It always helps give me an extra push to work hard and produce something I'm happy with.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
EM: Right now I'm preparing to move studios again. Unfortunately I'm having to downsize so I'm having a major clear out, trying to declutter. A studio cleanse, haha. Along with Christmas coming up it's likely I'll have a little studio break but I find these quite useful. Contrary to what I said at the beginning, it's good to have some time away from painting now and again. I definitely have a new sense of enthusiasm once I come back and this can often lead to a shift in my work.
I have a few new painting ideas in my head, that's all they are right now. I need to find something I want to paint to test them out. Quite often I'll start with a photograph. Sometimes that will be all I need, other times I might have a play in Photoshop, creating digital collages. I think that's what I'll need to do to sort through these ideas I have.
TCU: What scares you?
EM: Having regrets.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
EM: Being able to live comfortably and happily, continuing to make art and pursue lots of hobbies.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
EM: Thanks for reading. :-)