Interview – Napoleon


When you create, what inspires you?
Sketching is like a window into the 4th dimension: It is the process from transforming an IDEA into ACTION and to observe the discrepancies that emerge within this process. That is always a great learning experience about the relationship between intention and its representation.
Tell us about the specific inspiration behind one or each of your accepted pieces.
“In der Achterbahn” is German for in the roller coaster. I was about to make a series of linocuts about my friends faces when I discovered that it was really difficult to make a good linocut without a proper press. At the same time the spontaneity of applying linocuts without a press is in itself interesting, it conveys quite well this feeling of being shaken up by a roller coaster. My friend Ben whom I met in Vienna, Austria is into amusements, so he naturally seemed to be a good match for the roller coaster ride on paper. Also if you ever come to visit Vienna during a Eurotrip or something; it has this great amusement park called “The Prater” with a couple of unprecedented fearless rides that can’t be missed.
What is your medium of choice? Why?
My medium of choice is sketching and linocut, because both are great at capturing immediate impressions.
How did you first discover your love for creating?
I think with increasing age comes the desire to leave something behind in this world and to be a part in shaping it and determining its future outcome. This is behind my love for creating – quite standard.
fēlan is old English for feel. What makes you feel amusement?
Truly a people person: I get amusement from sketching strangers in public places. Sometimes when paying close attention you can spot the funniest, craziest & most interesting people around you and work out their uniqueness in sketches even more. If only they knew…
Please feel free to add anything else you think is relevant.
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