Here is the interview that ETA did with me that was excerpted in their newsletter:
ETA: When did you know that you were meant to be an artist?
Mati McDonough: I've always wanted to be an artist, but it's taken me forever to call myself an artist!
ETA: What is your most vivid, earliest memory of encountering or creating art in your childhood?
MM: I think my first memory of drawing was of moths and pollywogs, age five.
ETA: Do you have a favorite gallery? If so, what?
MM: Honestly, I am not just saying this to curry favor, but growing up in the Seacoast area, i always *loved* Nahcotta and dreamt of being in a show there some day when i grew up and hey, voila! I love so many galleries though and feel lucky to be in a few, namely yours!
ETA: Do you listen to music while you draw/create? What's the CD/album you can't stop listening to right now?
MM: Oh such a good question! Music is essential to making art for me and helping me get in the zone. Bon Iver, She & Him and CocoRosie have been on solid rotation today. Ohhh and my friend just dropped by the newest Lucinda Williams earlier called "Little Honey". I love her achy voice so.
ETA: Louise Bourgeois is quoted as saying, "Art guarantees sanity." How do you feel about that? Agree? Why?
MM: YES, absolutely. I think it's a perfect outlet for channeling your crazy thoughts. It's meditative too. I also think from a developmental standpoint art making helps you make decisions and work out alternatives. Like should I put blue or chartreuse here and how can I resolve this issue of the little man jumping off the page. I think art education should be mandatory and integrated into all subjects for this reason and so many more.
ETA: What would your pseudonym be?
MM: Let's see... "Uncle Floyd" is a grumpy alter ego I inhabited once for the purpose of art making-- to free myself from making "cute" art. It worked, but then the cuteness crept back in! I've accepted it. That's an alter ego though. I actually love my name and just wish people would pronounce it right, so my pseudonym would be phonetic: Matey Rose, maybe preface it with "Argh".
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