S: You were our first artist in residence. What was that like?
D: I was hesitant at first because I usually draw alone, and in a very quiet space. But finally, I found that I could concentrate on my work, and also make friends too, which then inspired me to keep making drawings. It was special, and productive and positive.
S: What was a day like for you at SPACE?
D: I arrived very early, an hour or two before anyone was there, and did nothing for a while. Call it meditation, or not. Then I would draw for hours. In the afternoon and evening I would usually stay at SPACE and work or participate in activities because it was a nice place to be. I’m not such a social person, but at SPACE you can choose your level of involvement. It’s not implied. I appreciated that a lot.
S: Ok so you do graphic design and make art, what else?
D: I’m a composer too, mostly orchestral, but my first love was electronic music. I also enjoy making things out of wood, mostly kitty houses.
S: What have you learned through creating in different mediums? Is there a way you see them converging?
D: I’ve always wanted to be a film director because I love stories, sounds, & pictures—atmosphere. I like salads because you can make infinite variations with what is available at any time. That’s how I make art.
S: Tell us about Japan right now. What are you up to?
D: It’s similar to Canada, except for the cute stuff everywhere and more ocean front property and old temples and maddeningly polite social niceties and souvenir shops on top of mountains and hot baths that you can cook noodles in, and they speak Japanese here. It’s a beautiful country. I live in front of the ocean and drive a very cute Japanese car, wearing sunglasses and listening to Bach. I hit my head often on low doors. The cucumbers and mushrooms are good.
S: So back to your experience at SPACE. What's something you want to say to someone else who is considering joining space?
D: Space has a unique creative vitality. Call it energy, or SPACE QI, but it’s just friendly niceness with a lot of creativity. It’s something collective, and it’s inspiring.
S: Tell us about the cover for this month?
S: What's next?
SPACE started as an empty space in 2015. It has since grown into a community. We are a coworking space& gallery& shop—A SPACE to _______.