MLEX, excerpt:

20:05

A lot of other people in my family were like: yeah, you draw, now do something serious with your time. And I still, obviously drew. Even if I did crappy conceptual art projects, I still would have drawn, meanwhile. It's nice when other people believe in you, but that's just a general thing. I don't think it matters.

24:50

Sometimes images just show up. I had this image for a long time, I think it showed up the first time when I was falling asleep. It was a tree, and it had these bottles on the horizon, in the branches of the tree.

I thought it was very beautiful, and I spent a really long time drawing that
I did several alterations, and I thought about it for awhile. So sometimes they come like that, and sometimes they come from thoughts. Like when I read an essay, and I tried to do an assignment, explaining. . . So I think that gave me a lot of ideas to draw.

26:25

I think they sort of show up and then I sort of develop their aesthetics, and eventually I figure out their specificity. Or I overlap thoughts. I don't know why I drew mountains, but then I looked at the mountains, and I noticed that it was very important that they had feet. And I think that is a lot to do with lightlness and weight. Because mountains are very heavy, but they have feet so they can run away, and I really like that about mountains.

So that thought came later, obviously I had been thinking of lightness and weight much longer than that. I can't think if I ever consciously develop. Sometimes I have something and then just I have to put it on paper.

30:05 

It's not like they record, it just happens, so you remember, where were you when blah happened, if you were drawing, then you remember you were drawing. It's not, I think, in the drawing, well it is in the drawing, but it's in you, in regard to the drawing. A tiny pocket is created, and it is that day, and you see it, and make that connection.

37:40

You don't even need paper to draw, I don't think so. Or pens. It you tie me up and put me in a dark room, I will still see things, I will still draw things in my head, I will still create images.

38:10 

A lot of things are drawing, even if they aren't drawing.

I don't thing that drawing itself . . . it is not as important as the processes which makes it happen. Drawing just happens to be the thing that I'm most comfortable with. I guess it could be replaced with anything, but it doesn't work like that because I've already spent too much time doing it. It would be like: you would have to re-invent language. It is a language I have been working with for a very long time.

44:00 

I think the lines are really pretty, ya I basically think that she draws really well. She uses visual means to tell the story. But I think I like her more because it's pretty, I think. Or the last comic I looked at, I liked that because the drawings were very simple, and they were very efficient and I actually had a very long debate about hatching versus shading, and how they're very different. I thought this person is so clever: the way that the visual information was shown.

I also liked the content, because it was a content of something being layered. A mountain was being created, it shows you all the steps. It's shown in a very nice way. And I don't know what nice means. It is satisfying because all aspects of the drawings communicate, and the drawing is not an illustration of something, it is the something. 
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