The Complete Interview List
1 - Tell us how your project(s)
Atelier Propraetoria began under a different name as a venue for me to promote and hire out my artwork. In my folly, I tried to keep my philosophies subdued in favour of the artwork, until I awoke to the obvious fact that art and philosophy, for me at least, cannot be seperated. I then incorporated my ideas about the future of the human race more overtly into the presentation, dressed it in alchemical and apocalyptic Roman imagery and that's where we are now.
2 - What does music, in
its entirety, mean to you?
Music is the paint with which my world is shaped. No piece of art is absent of music. No act of love or anger is without its soundtrack.
3 - What does art, in its
entirety, mean to you?
Art is the thing that defines the human race. In all of its forms, from classical mythological iconography to silly science fiction fan-art, it shapes paradigms (both great and small) and serves as the voice (both indicative and commanding) of cultures and ages. It's the only true religion in the world. All religions in the past have used it, in one way or another, as their vehicle while blissfully unaware that they, themselves, were empowering the art above their interpretation of its message.
4 - Who is your favorite
author, and why?
I have too many authors who are close to my heart. Poe, Lovecraft, Dante, etc. I would say I could, at best, narrow it to Frank Herbert and Julius Evola. One spoke of hope for the human race in the face of the abomination it has become, while the other showed humanity the tools with which to surgically augment that humanity.
5 - As your best friend,
Entertaining, intelligent, visionary and creative.
6 - As your worst enemy,
Childish, obsessive, overly-humble at times and generally foolish.
7 - If your persona were
immortalized as a cartoon character, who would it be?
A shadowy, romantic alchemist monk who gets mocked by the world while he, unbeknownst to them, is making gold from the lead they have tied around his neck.
8 - Do you think there are
conspiracies against the "everyday person"?
The everyday person conspires against themselves everyday. Others collaborate. The reverse is also true.
9 - What do you do with
your spare or free time?
Time does not have the luxury of being spare or free.
10 - Please give us your
interpretation of "the meaning of life".
Life has several meanings. On one level, there is self-perpetuation. On a higher level, there is a communal drive to rise above, which is stupidly misread by many as the need to step on everyone else to exalt the individual which should not require such. In between, however, there is the fact that individuals are not important in a cultural level, but to that individual, himself. The meanings of life that exist betwixt and between are entirely relative. Mine is to create and to be harbinger to the new Caesar, when he deigns to arrive, while scultping my life as being worthy to dwell within his empire.