Interview: Lee-Anne Raymond (Surrealist Artist)

  Lee-Anne Raymond: Dark Princess of Imagery from Down Under   By Jason V Brock Jason V Brock: Lee-Anne, for people unfamiliar with you and your work, could you...

 

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Lee-Anne Raymond:

Dark Princess of Imagery from Down Under

 

By Jason V Brock

Jason V Brock: Lee-Anne, for people unfamiliar with you and your work, could you please tell us a bit about your philosophy?

 

Lee-Anne Raymond: As an artist, atheist, and feminist I am interested in science, biology, the natural world, and in human endeavor and imagination. I am in horror of cruelty toward animals and humans. The right to freedom of expression affords us our individuality and right to self-determination whether male or female. What interests me, and is becoming stronger thematically in my work, is to challenge inequality, intolerance, and injustice.

Creating an imaginative, well-realized work is undeniably what motivates me to paint at all, and, as a Surrealist, I make use of the imagination to articulate an idea, an ideal, metaphor, or concept. I am as well interested in the psychology of control and confinement. My figures are always isolated in some sort of struggle against a self- or externally-imposed stasis. Some suggest it is too personal a view, others, too distant; my figures tend to look away from the viewer or are viewed from the back, and this is more to create a notion of other, rather than “self” or “myself.”

 

Brock: When did you start doing art? Were you always interested in the macabre and fantastic? What draws you to the imagery that you create?

 

Raymond: I began practicing art proper after meeting Demetrios [Vakras]. We’ve lived together since 1984. The first oil painting that I will own up to was completed in 1988. I had always…

 

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JASON V BROCK is an award-winning writer, editor, filmmaker, composer, and artist, and has been widely-published online, in comic books, magazines, and anthologies, such as QUALIA NOUS, DISORDERS OF MAGNITUDE (nonfiction collection), SIMULACRUM AND OTHER POSSIBLE REALITIES (fiction/poetry collection), FUNGI, WEIRD FICTION REVIEW, FANGORIA, S. T. Joshi's BLACK WINGS series, and many others. He was Art Director/Managing Editor of DARK DISCOVERIES magazine for more than four years, and publishes a pro journal called [NAMELESS], which can be found on Twitter: @NAMELESSMAG, and on the Interwebs at HTTP://WWW.NAMELESSDIGEST.COM. He and his wife, Sunni, also run Cycatrix Press (books include A DARKE PHANTASTIQUE, and THE BLEEDING EDGE, to name just two), and have a technology consulting business. As a filmmaker, his work includes the critically-acclaimed documentaries CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE'S MAGIC MAN, THE ACKERMONSTER CHRONICLES! (winner of the 2014 Rondo Hatton Award for Best Documentary), and IMAGE, REFLECTION, SHADOW: ARTISTS OF THE FANTASTIC. He is the primary composer and instrumentalist/singer for his band, CHIAROSCURO. Brock loves his wife, their family of reptiles/amphibians, travel, and vegan/vegetarianism. He is active on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter (@JASUNNI_JASONVB), and their personal website/blog, HTTP://WWW.JASUNNI.COM.
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