I am very pleased to be hosting an interview with Matt Snyder today, artist and writer on the Prolific Potpourri.
I asked Matt questions about his background in writing and art, how he gets into his creative process and where he gets his inspiration from. It was a very enlightening experience, as well highly informative about style preferences, taste in literary fiction or non-fiction, among other topics that delved into publications, poetry and plays. I also provided a bit of commentary in some responses to the questions which are italicized.
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How long have you delved in the arts?
Matt: I have been involved in something artistic since the mid-seventies. As a kid, I created my own comics, games, Halloween costumes, art and short stories. In my teens, I made super eight short films with friends and family, created skit based audio shows with friends, made a six-issue comic in High School that I sold a few issues of on a national level, and as well contributed and created zines in my twenties.
I have had art on display in galleries over the last thirty years, made and showcased short films and animations, made music and slammed poetry. Prior to Aprolificpotpourri.art, I had other blogs on multiple platforms concurrently.
These days I am also the resident arts editor of TheFinestExample.home.blog.
Lucy: That is a long time with the arts. That is definitely the creative journey and experience that it alone can provide a biography or autobiography of sorts.
What inspires you to write and draw?
M: Life I suppose inspires me. From politics, to the mundanity of everyday life, to my cat.
L: I share your sentiments especially with the cat.
What was the first piece of either your writing or artwork that really made you proud?
M: The play I wrote in college which was a farcical reworking of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot called Anticipating Bardot, that I eventually directed and performed a staged reading of it in my thirties.
My version was two drag queens waiting on the arrival of their favorite actress, Brigitte Bardot, on a backlot of a Hollywood studio, and in the process, they meet what may or may not be different forms of the devil. I sadly no longer have a digital or hard copy of this script.
I’m particularly proud of the bride and groom turtles I sculpted as the topper on our wedding cake as well.
L: Drat, now our readers will have to wonder what could have been with the play!
Do you have any authors or artists that inspire you?
M: I admire quite a few artists on WordPress: omordah.com, rabbit hole comics, rentzelleanne.wordpress.com, art2peace.wordpress.com, tiffanyarpdaleo.com and eccentric99.wordpress.com.
In general, I really dig the following: Salvadore Dali, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Enki Bilal, Serpieri, Frazetta, Peter Bagge, Don Martin, Stan Sakai, Sergio Arrogones, Basil Wolverton, Bill Sienkiewicz, Art Spiegelman, Jodorowsky, Annie Liebowitz & David Lachapelle, Rankin & Bass, Mel Blanc & John Waters.
How did you get where you are today?
M: I don’t know where I am today, I am still finding myself at fifty. I have learned and tried so many different things in my life, but I am always looking to try the next best thing, I guess.
What is your creative process like?
M: The creative process… I think of what interests me and take it from there. Sometimes, my emotional state plays a big part in what I write poetically, and occasionally if I am working abstractly, the textures of the paint reflect the textures in my mind.
That is such an odd question to me. Perhaps, sometimes it happens from dreams. I am very visual, the creative process can spark from seeing clouds, buildings, textures, colors, people, light sources… Anything honestly prompts the creative process.
L: Perhaps an odd question—especially hosted on an even odder website.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
M: I think at least in regards to writing my memoir I get the most joy from writing about my twenties to thirties, I did a hell of a lot of different things in those decades that were quite enriching to me creatively and as a person.
What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
M: I can’t say I have ever experienced that. If I can’t get into someone’s writing style, I will probably never give them another chance. A perfect example being my love hate relationship with Brett Easton Ellis. The Horror-Violence-Sexual elements of American Psycho were both disgusting and titillating at the same time, but the chapters on music or endlessly boring descriptions of what characters wore were hopelessly boring. I never wanted to read another book by this author.
L: It seems to be uncommon, I gather.
Do you have any publications?
M: I have seven sketchbooks housed for rental at The Brooklyn Art Library. Five, you can also see digitally, one is a tiny 1×1 inch animated flip book of a guy blowing himself up with dynamite. I did post an animated version of that on my blog. Also, three long out of print small press publications.
What do you think makes a good story?
M: A great hook and incredibly fleshed out characterizations. Personally, I practically exclusively read both bios and autobiographies. If written well, it can be quite enjoyable. Sometimes though, an artist who writes an autobiography and has never written in their life would be best to have their book ghost written. One of the worst books I ever tried reading was “In the pleasure groove: Life, Death and Duran Duran” by Bassist John Taylor. A God-awful waste of time.