Name: Mike Boyd
Craft(s): Photography, Mixed Media, Directing
1. When did you realize you were interested in art?
I’ve always been generally interested in art. I was a drummer before all the photography and i’ve travelled all over the U.S. I grew up in the music scene and shortly everyone around me was an artist of some sort. I was in boys choir in middle school, double magnet at arts school for high school and then I transferred to another school and finished in theater. I’ve worked odd jobs all throughout my late teens until about now and i’ve come to understand regular-shit-day-jobs just isn’t my thing.
2. What Influences you and where do you get your inspiration?
A number of people “influence” me. I try to take a little bit of something that I saw, that I liked, and try to flip it to fit my cannon of getting things done. I took an art history 101 class and was instantly like, shit, this ancient knowledge has some actual practicality to it. So i try to gather as much as i can from there and then branch out. As far as inspiration, anything can help me develop an idea into something tangible because similarly to how I am influenced I also gather inspiration. A little here, a little there, and I’m good.
3. Who are your top 5 favorite artists?
Helmut Newton, Gordon Parks, Jackson Pollock, Dali, Edward Enninful
4. If you could work with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Gordon Parks or Stanley Kubrick.
5. What differentiates you from different artist?
I just don’t want to make money I want to be great. So I don’t mind taking time to become perfect, enduring the losses, the failures and sacrifice to reap the blessings when all is said and done.
6. What impact do you wish to leave with your art?
I just want people to go see it in a museum. I want people to get that feeling I get when I see something, a one of a kind, hanging on a wall. To connect briefly artist to person and hopefully inspire them to do some dope shit.
Mike Boyd- Vivian