INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST WATSON MERE

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?
I wouldn’t say that there was one pivotal moment. Art has always been apart of my life and something that I’ve always used to express how I’m feeling or cope with anything that life has thrown my way. Even when I’ve had times where I’ve had to step away from the art for long periods of time (months sometimes years) I always knew that I would return back to it because it has alway been intertwined with my spirit one way or another.

Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
I utilize MicroSoft Paint with a mouse to do mostly all of my art. I’ve been using this technique ever since I was in middle school when my parent first purchased a computer and I discovered the program. Prior to that I mostly drew on the back of homework assignment sheets or whatever blank surface I could find. The process of creating on MicroSoft Paint can take about 1 to 3 weeks because the program is very basic and tedious but the long process of creation allows me to bring whatever is happening in my life or in the world during that time from into the art.
What piece of your artwork would you like to be remembered for?
I’m not sure yet, but something that changes the way we perceive one another. Something that helps us all understand each other more. I don’t know if I’ve created that yet.
 
If you could work within a past  or present art movement, which would it be?
Definitely, the Harlem Renaissance. I’ve always been extremely inspired by what those African Americans living in Harlem during the 1920’s were able to create from their mere creativity. They literally created a culture from scratch. I would love to be apart of something like that.
How would you define art in 140 characters or less?
Art is Freedom.
 
Do you have a favorite photograph or painting, which inspires you?
The painting that inspires me the most would have to be Picasso’s “Guernica”. It’s a protest piece by the artist after the Nazi’s bombed the small town of Guernica in Spain (Picasso’s native country). The piece is a direct reflection of the artist expressing his emotions and thoughts towards the event through his art. It inspires me a lot because expressing myself through my art is what I’ve always been naturally able to do.
What is your greatest indulgence in life?
My greatest indulgence in life would be experiences. Experiencing new things, different cultures, different environments, different ways of life. It helps me grow as a human while also showing me that we all actually have a LOT in common. We just do things slightly different…but its mostly the same.
Which artist of the past would you most like to meet?
It would have to be Basquiat, definitely would have to be Basquiat.
 
Do you interact with the digital world/technology in your work?
Yes, mostly all of my work is made through MicroSoft Paint and i’m very active on almost all of the social media platforms.
Have you ever had a moment when you questioned your career entirely?As an artist?
No, not at all. It has it’s up’s and down’s, but art has literally breathed life within my life. The mere thought of quitting it sends a sinking feeling through my soul.
 
What visual references do you draw upon in your work?
Definitely the natural features of black women. In terms of a visual reference I try my best to reflect their beauty in my work.
What is your daily routine when working?
Music, music plays a major part in my creative process. I can listen to a song over and over again for a single piece if I’m deeply inspired by it. I jot down a lot of ideas as they come into my head as well. Meditate to clear my mind if it get to cluttered while I’m working.
What advice would you give to a young artist following in your steps?
I would tell them to keep creating, don’t stop. Trust in the ideas that randomly pop in your head and don’t second guess it. Don’t be afraid to try something new when creating, it helps you grow. Live your truth in your art.
Why do you love what you do?

When someone looks at the art, and it resonates with them and helps them with anything that life has or is currently throwing at them. That’s what I love most about what I do.