Q: What are you reading now?
A: I am finishing a book called The Invention of Art, A Cultural History and I look forward to reading the new Bill Clinton book.
Q: What do you like best about the Indianapolis arts scene?
A: It’s a very exciting time for the arts currently. Many things are happening and are on the move and I’m very excited to be a part of it all.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: I find it frustrating when people expect new developments in the arts community to be perfect from the very beginning and don’t give things a chance to grow. The development of a cultural community is itself like a work of art and demands the creative process of evaluation and revision.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Getting to work with other artists on various projects and seeing our students engaged in trying something new. When I leave the building at night and the studios are full and humming it’s a real rush.
Q: Drug of choice?
A: Horse tranquilizers and a bag of glue ... only kidding. A good bottle of red wine does the trick.
Q: Who’s your favorite politician?
A: That’s like asking who is your favorite dentist. If I had to choose I’d have to say Nelson Mandela.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?
A: I’d have to say the long hours and intensity that leaves me very little if any time and energy to work on my own art.
Q: Favorite TV commercial at the moment?
A: Again, this is much like asking what is your favorite part of a colonoscopy. The spot that makes the analogy between children having to choose how long they will play with a ball to having to choose how many cell phone minutes you’ll use each month is quite clever.
Q: Three people (living or dead) you’d invite to dinner?
A: John Lennon, Tom Robbins and Man Ray.
Q: Can love be pornographic?
A: As sexual arousal and desire are aspects of love I would say that it can be. But I doubt that the inverse is true.