Aidan Koch Interview

September 30, 2013

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where do you live? work?

AK: I live in Sebastopol, California out in the country. I’m learning to do everything out here, but I’m still traveling a lot and conduct business via internet.

Cinders: if you could have any superpower what would it be?

AK: I guess I would just want to be a mystic fortune teller. Seeing auras, premonitions, extra senses…

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Cinders: how would you describe your process?

AK: Intermittent periods of extreme activity.

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Cinders: when did you start making art?

AK: Before I can remember.

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Cinders: when did you know you wanted to make art for the rest of your life? or do you know that?

AK: All I ever wanted to do growing up was draw. I fought it really hard though as a ‘career’ option, but gave in when I started looking at colleges. It was too hard to compromise on a good arts department, so I just went to art school. I still get nervous that I don’t exactly have any other skills, but I’ll also never stop making things.

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Cinders: where do you see yourself in 10 years?

AK: I have a feeling I’ll be living more or less the same only with a little more freedom and mobility. I want to spend a lot of time in Africa and the Middle East, I will probably have my own horses by then…the simple things!

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Cinders: what is inspiring you these days?

AK: Women

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Cinders: Last good film you saw?

AK: A Room with a View

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Cinders: how did you learn to draw ?

AK: Both of my parents studied art, so my sister and I were subjected to a lot of family art projects from a very young age! We even had a couple family art shows in Olympia growing up.

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Cinders: do you have any favorite quotes/mottos?

AK: Goddess Bless

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Cinders: what are you listening to in the studio?

AK: Glasser-Shape

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Cinders: what is your favorite spot in the world right now?

AK: The MET. Forever.

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Cinders: where do you feel at home?

AK: I live with two of my best friends basically in the middle of nowhere. I feel like we’ve all learned that we could pretty much live anywhere together and have a ball.

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Cinders: what are you currently working on?

AK: I’ve mostly been doing projects for other people. Its been nice, but I’ve got a few things I want to really dig into. I’m working on a little zine of California butterflies that I caught this summer as an extension of my Field Studies, I’m finishing up a bunch of printed magic charm silk handkerchiefs, my best friend and I are scheming up a new artistic/product business venture, and I’ve started planning out my next graphic novel!

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Cinders: do you envision a positive future or do you think we are all fucked? apocalypse theories?

AK: I think all plants and animals are survivors. I’m sure we’re going to have some severe global changes, but I think we’re genetically inclined to just keep going. I’m not sure if that is a positive or fatalist attitude! Whenever I’m back in the NW though, I go kayaking around Puget Sound and often think about how its a good escape route if need be. There’s a lot of islands out there…

Cinders: what is your spirit animal?

AK: The internet just told me I could be a spider, bat, or grey wolf.

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Cinders: what astrological sign are you?

AK: Taurus. Through and through.

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Cinders: who are some of your favorite artists right now?

AK: I jump in and out of current art culture, so most of my lasting favorites are old news. Balthus and Delvaux are newer loves.

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Cinders: what would be your last meal before execution?

AK: Indian buffet