Interview with Michael Page
Michael Page's work transports you to a fluid world of molten Crayola Crayon colors. Within his pieces you are able to make out recognizable elements that are about to be swallowed up by the fast-approaching cyclone of mixed paint. His paintings communicate a world on the cusp of devastation, but at the same time ready to be resurrected into something more beautiful. What is the wickedest trick you've ever played on someone?
When I was two years old, I flipped the toilet seat up that my brother was standing on. He subsequently cut his chin open.
Do you believe in supernatural phenomena?
I’m open to everything
What is the symbolism of the headless figures you create?
They represent portions of me and anyone close in my life.
When starting a canvas, how do you begin?
I have a few different ways when approaching a new canvas. One way is I start throwing colors and shapes down until I find a format that I like and want to work with. Another way is, I start with a general idea with what I want to paint and start sketching forms and shapes, until my idea is flowing. Another way is I combine both, forms I have sketched out and throwing colors all over the place. From start to finish, how much do you pieces tend to change from your original concept?
My paintings are always changing, from month to month they go through very radical different ideas and concepts until I find one that sticks. I am not partial to anything I create, I feel that everything can be destroyed until the true beauty rises through.
Who do you admire most from the Surrealism movement?
I do not have a favorite artist.
How much does your emotional state affect your art?
It affects everything. There are days when I am super stoked and ready to go all at it and those days are beautiful. I can really come up with some amazing colors and forms. Then there are days where I do not feel like doing much art at all. During those days a lot of dark and gloomy creations are made. Maybe those are good though? I guess it’s a yin-yang type thing. Maybe I need both to paint whatever it is I am trying to create.
What is your best tip for aspiring artists?
Paint every single day you can, all day and all night. Don’t stop. Even when there are days you really do not feel up for it, force yourself to get in the studio and make something happen. Even if it’s to destroy everything you have already created.