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10 Questions with... artist Tina Mammoser

written by: Be Smart About Art Team March 19, 2013 5) Interviews + Guest Blog Posts 2855 views

10 Questions with... artist Tina Mammoser

Each month we ask an art world professional 10 questions about their practice. This month we speak with the artist Tina Mammoser...


Born in: Chicago
Lives in: London
Profession:
Painter, since 1999
Career Ambition: To have work in Tate Britain
Life ambition: To be able to paint and study until the end



Q1. Describe your practice/profession with 5 words
Colourful | Evolving | Empowering | Stimulating | Challenging
 
Q2. Best and worst thing about your profession?
The best thing is knowing even when soaked through with rain on the coast or frustrated with a painting, that it is my job. And that's pretty cool. The worst thing is the financial unpredictability.
 
Q3. What or who inspires you in your career?
Artists and scientists past and present who pushed the boundaries of their age, and continue to do so. They are individuals changing our view of the world, sometimes just one person. We all have potential to be that person.

Q4. If you weren’t in your profession, what would you do?
I'd never want to go back to my old rat race work, so I'd choose to go back and do my PhD in Shakespeare textual studies and then publishing. 
 
Q5. What was your first job?
At 14 I spent a summer collating instruction manuals at Bally Pinball.
 
Q6. What person, dead or alive, would you invite for dinner?
Nikola Tesla. I think it'd be a crazy but inspiring conversation.
 
Q7. What’s on your bedside table?
A water bottle, my Kobo, and a polar bear sculpture by Christine Close.
 
Q8. Chocolate or cheese?
Galaxy chocolate, please
 
Q9. What item would you be lost without?
My specific brand of bristle brushes

Q10. What would you do if you were given £1 million today?
Pay off my student loan then buy a cottage on the coast, a house in London, and a condo in Marina Towers in Chicago. All with studio space of course.


Keep up to date with Tina's latest work at:
www.tina-m.com
@tina_m
facebook.com/Tinatheartist

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