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JIM POLLOCK INTERVIEW (copyright) Jim Pollock
11/9/2000

Student Project for Art Fundamentals Class, Marian College, Fond du lac, Wisconsin.
Questions is about the watercolor painting BRIDGES AT SUNSET by Jim Pollock. The narrative also addresses the painting IMPRESSION OF STOCKHOLM.

Q: HI, I AM DOING A SMALL PROJECT ON BRIDGES AT SUNSET FOR MY ART FUNDAMENTALS CLASS. I FIND THE PAINTING INTRUGUING AND JUST PLAIN COOL. IF YOU COULD SEND ME SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON IT THAT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. MAYBE THE EMOTIONS OF THE PIECE AND/OR WHAT IT MEANS FOR/TO YOU WOULD BE GOOD. ANYTHING YOU COULD GIVE ME WOULD BE A BIG HELP.--THANKS FOR YOUR TIME--JF

POLLOCK: Thank you for visiting my web site and particularly pleased you find one of my pieces of art cool.

In December, 1999, I was invited to exhibit some of my art at the Greek Cultural Center in Stockholm, Sweden. You may or may not know, but Stockholm proper is located in an archipelago made up of 24 thousand islands, rocks and skerries. Not all of these islands and rocks are inhabited, but all contribute to make this a most beautiful and unusual city. There are bridges between the larger islands.

In addition, Stockholm is located at a far north latitude, equivalent to the Hudson Bay in Canada. The time of year I was in Stockholm was early December and the sun was low in in the sky. It was like early evening most of the day. When dusk did come, the December sunset in Stockholm was particularly spectacular.

I must have been impressed by all of this. I was already accustomed to bridges and sunsets, since I live in Pierre, South Dakota where there are bridges both for cars and trains that cross the Missouri River, and the prairie allows one to view sunsets unobstructed.

The painting you reference was a companion piece to the painting called IMPRESSION OF STOCKHOLM also on my web site. Both were done after my trip to Stockholm in December of 1999. BRIDGES AT SUNSET developed from my subconscious and probably as an indirect result of my trip to Stockholm.

I completed the picture and then named it after it was completed.

JF, I hope this will help you with your paper. Many artists prefer not to comment on their art, but if a student takes the time and puts effort into researching something, they deserve some sort of answer. Just remember, when you look at one of my pieces and you think it should have been named something else, this is fine with me. This is what art is all about, a piece of art should be elusive and capable of being interpreted in different ways by different viewers. This I like in my art, the opportunity for the viewer become a co-creator with me by viewing and interpreting the piece themselves.

Thanks for writing.:

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