q)Please tell us your name and where you practice.
a)Mimi Leung, Alice Springs (
q) Why do you make art?
a)I need to.
q) How do you work ?
q) What´s your background?
a)Hong Kong-born Australian via 20 years of Great British education.
q) What role does the artist have in society?
a)ways of seeing, experiencing, understanding, communicating things that are different from the median.
q) What was a seminal experience for you ?
a)Waking from a coma.
q) Has your practice changed over time ?
q) What art do you most identify with ?
a)brutal, crude, ridiculous, untamed,cute, vulnerably aggressive.
q) What´s your strongest memory of your childhood ?
a)Sitting under a piano crying because I’d realised that one day my parents would die.
q) What themes do you pursue ?
a)not sure at the moment – life, mind, soul, brains n guts maybe?
q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.
a)I saw a dog licking its unsheathed penis whilst urinating and scratching its head at the same time.
q) What´s your most embarrassing moment ?
a)Too many to choose from.
q) What jobs have you done other than being an artist ?
a)teacher, workshop leader, cafe, supermarket check-out, social
worker in aboriginal communities, English voice-over for Hong Kong exam tapes, face-painter, chip shop, video store, software trainer, artist assistant, clay model-maker...
q) What responses have you had to your work ?
a)Good, bad, sometimes confused. The worst is no reaction. Someone composed a poem about my work which they'd hand written onto 20 A4 pages for me once. I have it somewhere.
q) What do you dislike about the artworld ?
a)The posing and the words.
q) What research do you do ?
a)I like to see and experience things.
q) What is your dream project?
a)Build a theme park, maybe converted from an old nuclear power station – design all the rides, the look, the everything. And I get to go for free.
q) What´s the best piece of advice you have been given ?
a)‘Just do it’
q) What couldn’t you do without?
a)Imagination. Having the freedom to draw and paint and think about whatever I want.
q) What makes you angry?
a)Bad guys on tv shows, Two and a Half Men.
q) What is your worst quality?
q) Dogs or Cats ?
a)Dogs. Cats suck.
q) Making art is a lot like being on lsd. Know what I mean ?
q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?
q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?