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Cendrine Marrouat: Who are your favorite artists?
Mark Giesbrecht: I am not too sure how to answer this question because I can’t honestly say that I have any particular favourite artists for anything. I respect and support many different artists, musicians, and writers when I see, hear or read their work but at the same time I don’t like to let myself fall victim, or become dependent, on outside influences that may alter my original creative train of thought. I just like to “go with the flow”, if you will. I think it’s very hard to be original when you allow yourself to categorise and follow favourite individuals. But then again, with today’s technology, it’s very easy to be influenced by others in some way, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. So to answer your question, I guess my favourite artists would have to be anyone who does something that I can feel emotion from.
CM: Tell us a little more about your book, titled “Inside the Brain of Marvin Lame”?
MG: Ah, “Inside the Brain of Marvin Lame”. This is a book that took me quite some time to complete. It has been an off and on again project for the past twelve years or so. The book primarily deals with life experiences, ways to better your own life, and sheds light on some very different views of the world. It took me a long time to finish this book because I really had to find myself first in order to be able to articulate the point I wanted to create with this story. The story, simply put, takes you on a journey through one guy’s path in becoming, what is known in today’s society as, a serial killer. The idea might seem a bit disturbing, but I feel as if this was the perfect way for me to describe the brutality and beauty of this world. The story is also written in a unique way in an effort to connect the reader with the main character on a more personal level. I’m very proud with how it turned out, and hope others enjoy it and learn something from it as well.
CM: How do people usually react to your art in Canada? Is it the same in the rest of the world?
MG: I can’t say that I’ve had any negative reactions to my artwork in Canada, yet. It all has been pretty positive. But I’m sure with the more exposure I get, the more criticism I’ll receive. And that’s okay with me. It’s human nature to criticise, and like Benjamin Franklin said, “Critics are our friends, they show us our faults.” As for the reactions from the rest of the world, there hasn’t been a lot of feedback simply because I have yet to gain a lot of exposure in other countries. However, I do hope to get more exposure worldwide and look forward to the feedback, whether it would be positive or negative.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com