The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Andrew Pommier: Andrew Pommier, 42, Artist, Freelance.
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?
AP: I like to read when I remember it’s a thing I like to do. I mostly read fiction. I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Franzen and Will Self. Just to name 3. Also I enjoy a wide variety of films from obscure and arty to big block busters. Both of these interests get my mind spinning in new directions and give me good starting points to image making. I like the images the roll through my head from a well written piece of literature.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
AP: It’s all a balance. Both directions can corrupt and frustrate each other. Both fields can disappoint and leave you feeling that you’ve dropped the ball. With that said I’ve worked on art shows and with clients on projects that turned out amazing and resulted in work that I’ve been impressed with and surprised by.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
AP: I feel most creative when the world starts to fall asleep around 11:30pm. I’m the most productive mid-afternoon. I’m not sure how that works but I just know it does. I think because most of my days have a slow start and by the time I get to the studio I feel that if I don’t get moving I’ll totally waste the day.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
AP: To continue to make work I can stand behind.
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?
AP: I’m not working on any personal projects in any serious way at the moment. I had a solo show late last year in Spain. When I returned to Vancouver it took me a minute to get rolling again. Which is usual. Recently I learned that I (and the rest of my studio mates) have to leave our space, which sucks but the floor where our studio is has been taken over by a computer software company. Another reminder that those with the money have the power. So I’m not working on anything big at the moment. However I am working on illustrations for a kids book the my friend Scott Bourne wrote with my illustrations in mind. So I’m slowly working on those when time allows. There are a lot of drawings. It’s fun to work on projects with friends.
TCU: What scares you?
AP: I worry about disappointing people, especially when it comes to client or gallery work. I hate coming up short.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
AP: Success to me means living a life where the main pressure/stress comes from the creative side of life.