Wyrd Question Daze : Paul Watson

I’m Paul Watson, and I’m an artist based in the south of the UK. I’m also the editor of Rituals & Declarations zine – well, at least until the final issue is published in the coming months. Both artwork and zines can be seen at https://shop.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/ and at http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/

I can be found on both Twitter and Instagram

Where did you come from and where are you going?

I came from the industrial Midlands of England, and as a child/teenager watched it laid waste by Thatcher’s government. I’m currently living in the city of Brighton & Hove on the south coast. I have no idea where I’m going.

The Procession

What preoccupies your mind these days?

Artistic block; the accelerating rise of authoritarianism and bigotry; putting together the final issue of Rituals & Declarations; climate emergency & the anthropocene; the dark gloom of winter days; acid communism and social anarchism; trying to get the hang of driving around roundabouts without swerving into the wrong lane.

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Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell.

Taste: the first sip of the evening’s second glass of wine

Touch: damp moss on tree bark

Sound: my pencil scratching away on a piece of paper

Sight: a piece of drawing paper that is no longer blank

Smell: a cliché, but the smell that comes from turning the pages of an old book

Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares


The Sexton

Have you ever had an uncanny experience?

I again refer the interviewer to my artwork, which I believe answers that question better than I can with words.

How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself?

In my artwork place emerges personified as a human figure. I can point to some of the figures and tell you exactly which small area of which piece of the local landscape it has emerged from. I won’t, though.

What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?

Inspiration has been rather a problem of late, unfortunately. I did recently read Jon McGregor’s 2017 novel Reservoir 13 and was really impressed by it. I’m always ready for a new album from The Sisters of Mercy, though.

Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke.

I’m afraid that I’m no raconteur, and am not currently accepting invitations as an after dinner speaker.

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