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    Phillip Jividen

    Phillip Jividen

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    The Prado

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Yes. I started out working in packaging and fragrance design for a few years while building up my design collec tion in my free time, then eventually moving to doing it full time.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    I’ve always had an impulse to draw paint and build things as a child. I only felt energized and motivated by work that was aesthetically driven. 

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    My work lately has been inspired by the principles of Wabi Sabi – the beauty of imperfection. I tend to become obsessive with a particular quality of material such as the natural patina of brass or the varied patterns of a certain stone, and express them in elegant forms.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    I usually spend an equal amount of time between my computer and the workshop. I’m either working on 3D designs and concepts one day and at the workshop the next day refining new prototypes.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I like working with time-honored materials and interpreting them into forms and textures that evoke a feeling of the past, present and future.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    Highly refined minimalist forms that invoke a sense of warmth and timelessness. 

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Be willing to take risks, and don’t compromise on your design vision. Learn new design processes, techniques or work in a new material etc. Do what feels exciting and challenging!

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    Minimalist mixed with Biomorphism.

    11. What designers and artists have influenced you ?

    Nouguchi, Fausto Melotti, Gio Ponti 

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Vincenzo De Cotiis, Lindsey Adelman Anne Holtrop

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor, Brancusi

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    Subtle yet bold

    15. Is there anything you’d like to add?

    Thanks for the interview!

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    Sunshine and expressing my creativity 

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Being held hostage or tortured

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    My mother

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My Mom

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Buying materials and tools

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Let go let flow

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    Wittiness, Honesty

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?


    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

     “I’m just thinking out loud” 

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    To sing

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    To be a little less distracted 

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    Making a living as a designer/artist 

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    A snow leopard 

    16. Where would you most like to live?


    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    My mind

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Living in fear 

    19. What is your favorite occupation?


    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    Being considerate

    21. What do you most value in your friends?


    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Walter Isaacson, Carl Jung, Victor Frankl 

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?


    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?


    25. Who are your heroes in real life?


    26. What are your favorite names?

    Oliver, Sophia, Max

    27. What is it that you most dislike?

    Feeling isolated

    28. What is your greatest regret?


    29. How would you like to die?

    In my sleep

    30. What is your motto?

    Follow your fears

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