Today, we are publishing our tenth interview in our new series, Hope in Adversity. One that’s based around art, artists and isolation during the midst of Covid-19. This interview is with award winning mobile artist Ile Mont from Mexico City. There is a special sort of clear-eyed humility to this interview, quiet, unflinching and honest. Enjoy!
To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry and Susan Latty, please follow this link
If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?
Absolutely. I believe that, even if this world is not going to be the same after this crisis, we must continue to honor our virtues and creative disciplines always, since they provide us with a safe and known place to stick to and dwell.
If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?
Somehow. The frame of mind is completely different.
If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?
I would like to believe that maybe my art has changed in essence and intention. Maybe it is time for art to be reconsidered and reevaluated too. Maybe it is time to make art a little serious again, to realize that art is a language of the soul for the soul, not just a pretty little thing to stick in a wall; time to reconsider the essential nature of art, and its social importance or lack of it too.
Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?
Not really. Maybe I am very aware and conscious that what is most needed now are values like serenity, compassion, empathy, and would be willing to express something to soothe someone else’s anxiety. But maybe that is too pretentious of me. My main inspiration now is more basic, more selfish, and it is about salvation, survival, about putting myself somewhere that makes me feel safe to endure until all this is over.
Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time especially, how and why?
It has been so hard now to find the inspiration and time, but still I cling to it, even if nothing good comes to share, I stick to it for the reasons I told you before: sanity, continuity and most important, hope.
Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?
I do not think so. It seems an arrogant thought for me since there are so many priorities and more important things to attend than that. I think compasssion, empathy, patience are far more better things to share right now.
Anything else you would personally like to add?
I really think this is a crucial moment for human history, for us to right our wrongs. I still want to believe that there are far more good, conscious, generous, wise rather than bad, greedy and selfish people. It’s time to show up, to reconsider our doings and get back to a path of well being for our home, our communities, our countries and our planet
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