Dominique Appia Interview

I have sent these questions to my grandfather.  If he answers, as soon as he answers, I’ll post his responses.  If you have any questions you’d like to ask, put them in comments and I’ll vet them (interesting questions only) and pass them on.  It is for the purpose of gathering questions and refining these questions that post this “Interview” before it has actually happened.

Perhaps we can engage Dominique in a dialogue…?  I know his responses will engender new questions.

  • How would you describe your life?
  • Who was your first love?
  • What is important?
  • How has your family been important to you?
  • What have you found in art and in life?
  • What have you lost?
  • What has been your experience of aging?  Do you wish to be young again?
  • What do your paintings mean?
  • Is there something you have always tried to communicate?
  • I had an interpretation of entres les trous de la memoire, or at least I thought I opened the door partway once.  Valentine is escaping to her crystal sea while Marie Eve burns her childhood and past and Sylvie is absent across the ocean.  You view this symbolic allegory as a statue watches the ages pass.  It is a you that exists between the memories and lives beyond daily life, with all its dream like condensations of understanding.  We all have this.  Do you want to say anything about any of that?
  • I don’t remember you ever having a pet.  Have you ever had pets?
  • What do you think about where the world is going?
  • Has technology changed your life in any fundamental ways?
  • Have you thought about where technology is going?
  • What do you think about the possibilities of creating art on computers that are like movies that the viewer can step into, even touch taste and smell?  Is that art, or just a game?
  • Have you ever felt limited by paint and canvas?
  • If you could create dreams for other people to experience, would you?  Is that art?
  • How do you experience the play between exact knowledge of the tools used to create art (paintbrushes, paints, canvas, pencil, paper, et cetera) with the creativity of the subject of the artwork?
  • How do your paintings evolve?  Do they come in a flash of insight, or do they slowly distill over time?
  • Have you carried paintings with you for years before painting them?  Did they benefit from the time spent waiting?  Were they waiting for something?
  • You’ve always loved language.  What do you love about language?
  • Which language do you love the most and why?
  • Do you think it’s important to know many languages?  How many do you know?  Can you think of an example of how knowing many languages changes the speaker?
  • Have you ever encountered an(y) idea(s) that actually changed your life?  Can ideas have that power?  Where do they “get” it from?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to say?
  • You’ve traveled a lot.  How do you benefit from traveling?
  • What is your experience like?  What is it like to be you?
  • What do you think is the nature of consciousness?  What do you think mind is?
  • What is spirit?
  • What is God?

Not asked yet:

  • You have a deep connection to history, especially European history.  What does that mean?
  • Do you have a favorite painting of: your own?  another artist?

10 thoughts on “Dominique Appia Interview

  1. copernic says:

    Any news on the interview?

  2. 2gsmd says:

    Good day I would love to watch the movie about your Grandfather! I gave viewed the trailor. Do you know if there is a translated version into english? I would love to gain from his words. I think is paintings are just awesome! I love that you have chosen to share. I thank you.

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