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    Sue Lipschitz

    Interview with Sue Lipschitz

    SL. What do you think of critics?
    RS. They are a very important part of an artistís career. Most of the time they do not do enough research to validate their stories. I got criticised once for a show I did at Rossouw gallery and the critic did not even attend the show. Also, if you are going to slate someone, stand up to the plate, like Sean O'Toole does, and say what you really mean. This gives the artist a chance to prove them wrong.

    SL. Name one thing you can't stand.
    RS. I cannot stand the fact that it is going to take me five years to get to where I want to be in the art world.

    SL. What would you do if your computer broke down?
    RS. Open the box and see if I can fix it. I normally give myself about 30 minutes. If I cannot fix it I send it to the computer shop to be fixed. I do not have time to fix my own stuff. I can paint a painting in one hour and make R10 000, then take a percentage of that and fix my computer. I then go to my other computer and carry on working, as everything is backed up and mirrored. I had a terrible crash in 2003 and lost everything.

    SL. What's the nicest thing about being a celebrity?
    RS. I will let you know if it ever happens to me.

    SL. Do you agree that girls who are good sports go out more than anybody?
    RS. Yes, but...

    SL. What does the word "voluptuous" mean to you?
    RS. My life.

    SL. What's the relationship between a car and a woman?
    RS. I like a car for practical reasons, my bus for going on holiday, my little Toyota Yaris for taking the kids to and from school. A car is a practical material object. Women seem to give cars names and have a closer relationship with their cars. That much I will say, thereafter I will keep quiet.

    SL. What is the most fun you can have without laughing?
    RS. Spending time with my daughter reading a bedtime story. Doing guy stuff with my son, like choosing a cool new dinky car to collect or racing Scalectrix or blasting our remote control cars around the beach.

    SL. How would you describe modern art?
    RS. Murakami, Koons, Hirst, Scott.

    SL. Did you ever try to trace a live nude in your drawing class?
    RS. No, I would use this sort of session as a creative tank session to get as many ideas as possible in one hour. I would then go back to the studio and create works from my original sketches.

    Sue Lipschitz
    Founder and owner of the Lipschitz Gallery in Plettenberg Bay, is an arts activist, international art curator and consultant.

    Taken from Richards Book 2005

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