Hello Mr. Bettig, how are you? We’ve known each other for quite some years now. I think the first time we met, probably in 2003, I was down in LA for a visit and stopped in Four X Four Gallery where you were putting up your show. It wasn’t totally installed yet, pieces were on the floor, but, it just looked incredible. I remember I gave you a Poketo wallet and we’ve kept in touch since and have become good friends. You were part of one of the first few Poketo series we came out with. You do a lot of different work now, everything from painting, screenprinting, drawing, sculptures, paper cut outs, computer work. What inspires you to do all of those things? Do you have a favorite medium? Do you love working with your hands?
Hello Mr. & Mrs. Vadakan-Myung! Yes, it’s been several years now… I was setting up for my solo show at Four X Four Gallery…
I’ve always been sort of all over the place, I never really stuck to any one particular medium. I like variety and just working with whatever is around me, and I’m always learning new processes etc, so it’s really just a constant evolution. That being said, it’s really hard to pick a favorite medium, I’d like to eventually be doing large scale mixed media installations like Phoebe Washburn or Jessica Stockholder, but for the time being I’m really enjoying working with paper. Yes, it’s totally about just working with my hands, I do enjoy designing things on the computer but it’s not as satisfying as physically constructing it by hand.
You have a home studio. I love your place, it’s so well designed and laid out. Tons of great books, toys, sculptures, artwork. What are some of the things you neeed to keep around you to stay creative? What inspires you? Are there things you look to for ideas and inspiration? keep reading