Heather Schmaedeke, a Greenbelt, MD based artist, participates in the Artists Interview Artists Project. Below Heather responds to another artist's five questions (Patricia Hartnett). In order to participate, Heather had to provide me with five questions for some other artist to answer. The assigning of questions to artists is completely random. If you're an artist and interested in participating, let me know.
1. In art, what is the difference between nudity and pornography?
I believe there are several differences between nudity and pornography. To me, one of the largest differences is the total objectification of the person (male or female) as an object that exists solely for sexual gratification. Pornography only appeals to our basest aspects as human beings, whereas a nude aspires to communicate more than that. A nude can convey an appreciation of form, sexuality, sensuousness as well as be a study of proportion, light and form.
2. Do you censor the ideas or images in your own art to make it more palatable to the viewers? If so why?
No, I don’t censor the ideas or images in my artwork. I wouldn’t do that because I believe that censorship is contrary to art. I feel that the only way I can truly express myself is visually and I couldn’t censor that.
3. Why do create these images?
I create these images for several different reasons. I have been creating images since before I was in kindergarten. It’s more important as a mode of expression and communication for me than speaking or writing. The only time I really feel that I can express myself completely and lucidly is in images. It’s something that I am compelled to do.
4. Do you suffer for your art? If yes, how so?
Yes, I do. The internal struggle of questioning myself and the value of what I do and why I do it.
5. Other than yourself, who is your favorite living artist and why?
My favorite living artist up until 2004 was Ed Paschke. I love his choice of subject matter and his palette. The colors vibrate and glow.
I really like the work of the following artists because of their ability to create a reality of such intensity within the picture plane: Rob Gonsalves, Thomas Barbey, Alex Grey
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