What is your greatest artistic achievement ever?
Taking the first steps to actually becoming an artist. I have a lot of confidence issues, pharm so choosing such an uncertain career took a lot of courage for me.
What sort of music inspires you the most?
I like to listen to music created by strong outspoken women. This sort of music inspires me also to be strong and outspoken and unafraid of what anyone might say about my work. My favorites are Rasputina and the Ditty Bops.
How many people have gone, “Ooo… I like that!” in response to your work, and why do you think that is?
Four hundred & twenty-four. I think it’s because they’re drawn to the name Bee’s Knees Industries. Everybody likes cute expressions from the 1920s.
Do you like the burning kind of mouthwash or are you a wimp?
The burning kind actually dries out your mouth and somehow manages to allow bacteria to thrive, thereby giving you bad breath. I suppose that makes me a wimp.
What school of art offends you?
Anything where the artist is solely relying on the school of art for their fame and fortune. I hate any sort of art that becomes easy to accomplish. For instance, I love Marcel Duchamp, but I hate most of the Dada movement.
What school of art do you offend?
The one to which I bestow a drive-by mooning because they didn’t accept my application.
If you could go anywhere in any time period, where would you go, when, and what would you wear?
I’d go to Chicago in the 1920s (Notice an obsession forming here?) to work along with the women passing out flyers about birth control and getting arrested. Of course, I’d wear a low-waisted dress and a long string of pearls wrapped around my neck twice. This would accentuate my small chest that only people in the Twenties seem to appreciate. It would also make me the hippest chick in the speakeasy.
At what point did you decide you’d do nothing but art for the rest of your life?
I’ve wanted to be an artist as long as I can remember, so I guess as soon as I could form conscious thoughts. However, when I was fifteen, I lived in France with my mom, who insisted I spend none of my time in France doing schoolwork and instead encouraged me to pursue whatever I wanted. What I wanted was art, so she bought me lots of art supplies, and I was on my way.
Which family member most supports that decision?
I’d have to say both my parents, since they’re the ones who were generous to put me through art school and never forget to feed me so I don’t become a starving artist. However, my aunt, cousins, and grandparents (which is most of my family—it’s not very big) are always interested in what I’m doing and love to see what I come up with. I’m really lucky to have a very supportive family when it comes to my decisions in life.
What work of art makes you the happiest?
This one. Can’t you tell?
What works of art make you want to commit acts of larceny or murder or deny people their right to habeas corpus?
Damien Hirst’s “Dead Animals in Boxes That Took Absolutely No Work For Anyone But the Poor Animal That Had to Die for This Dumb Piece of Art” series.
What do you hope to become by the age of 47?
A household name. I want everyone in the world to be able to spell Anevski. And Cate. It’s with a C, people, just so you know.
Do you plan on educating yourself further, and if so where and what degree do you plan to attain?
Yes! I want very much to go to the West coast to California Institute of the Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art, or California College of the Arts. You know, one of those colleges with a completely innocuous and forgettable name. I want to get my MFA (Mother Fucking Artist degree) so that I can teach at a university and never have to leave school again.
What part of your artistic skills needs the most development?
I need to lose my need for immediate gratification. I have a hard time spending more than a day or two on a piece before I call it done, and I think my body of work as a whole has suffered for it. I’m trying to train myself by choosing time- and labor-intensive media to explore, such as embroidery and woodburning, and hopefully I will be able to translate some of that patience to my illustrations.
What do you think you can do that no one else can do?
Draw girls with no eyeballs without being too creepy. At least that’s what I’ve heard…
What is something you could draw and draw and draw and never get tired of drawing?
Two things: Top hats and braids. If I need a single answer, girls with braided hair wearing top hats.
What’s something you’d never draw, even if someone would pay you one million dollars?
Excrement. I have a very weak stomach, and spending enough time focusing on poop to draw it would take away my precious appetite, and then how would I choke down my thirteen requisite daily packages of Ramen?
What do you think of L. Ron Hubbard?
I’ve never read his books, although I certainly want to. He must be a very accomplished and moving writer to be able to seduce so many people to his rather implausible religion.
What is your favorite work of literature?
Damn. I need to pick just one? Alright, fine, Lost Boys, but only because that’s the last book I read. Anything by Orson Scott Card is my favorite, along with works by George Orwell, Lewis Carroll, Jane Yolen, Kurt Vonnegut, and Margaret Atwood.
Who are you voting for in 2008 and why?
Clinton, so I don’t need to invest in a new sticker for my car. And for other reasons, too, but none so important as that one.
Any current or future projects you’d like to discuss?
No, but if I must, here goes: I’m working on turning my “Cross-Section of a Cloud” print into a series and then a nonsense children’s book on meteorology. I have a lot of other ideas swimming around in my head, but that is the biggest one that has made it past the nebulous stage.
What is the overall theme or feeling you aspire to convey in your work?
I try to tell a story with every piece I make. I want the viewer to be able to place herself within that story and follow along with every new illustration. There isn’t necessarily a theme that I try to convey consciously, but each piece follows the previous one in a loose narrative that my brain is writing without letting me see the outline.
I really like that tornado.
Is that a question?