Aimee Pijpers: Featured Artist- March 2012

Aimée has lived in Hong Kong, Belgium, Connecticut, and Minnesota. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design with a BFA in illustration. She lives and works in Minneapolis and is interested in every kind of illustration project imaginable. Thanks for looking!

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Q. 5 Words That Best Describe Your Artwork?

   “Honest. Muted. Genuine. Patterned. Full”

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Q. Influences/Inspiration 

   “Music has always been a huge influence. I am always listening to music. Other influences include several fields of science, history, the people around me, & DIY. There are tons of artists I love. Just to name a few: Ed Templeton, Liz Prince, Gregory Blackstock, Sandy Kim, Mitch Clem, Charles Sheeler.”

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Q. Do you sketch daily?

   “Yes, it’s usually the best part of my day.”

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Q. Your illustration concepts are super create and unexpected, what sparks most of your thoughts?

   “I wouldn’t be able to tell you. It just happens randomly and naturally and if I think an idea’s alright, I’ll follow through with it. I take a lot of chances this way.”

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Q. Is there a certain message you try and communicate with your drawings, or are they more personal?
   “It definitely depends on what I’m doing. Some pieces get more personal, some don’t. I think it depends on whether or not I feel I can relate to the subject matter. But more often than not, my hearts poured into everything I make. “
Q. When not doing art, what else do you spend your time on?
“I love being outside, exploring, making comics & zines, taking photos, going to shows, watching movies and television series, listening to music…I have a lot of fleeting hobbies as well. The last one was trying to learn yo-yo tricks. Besides that though, I’m kind of a shut-in. I don’t go out that much. “
Q. By growing up in different parts of the world, do you think this has influenced your artwork?
“Absolutely. Not consciously anymore, though. I think about the places I’ve lived at all the time & tiny things I remember about them, so that’s definitely there.”
Q. What do you hope to be doing in 5 years?
“Not working at a shoe store & full time illustrating everything as much as I can.”
Q. Who would win in a fight and why? Leonardo from the Ninja Turtles vs. Link, from Zelda?
“Probably Link, because he has a sword and a hook shot and all sorts of fancy gadgets to get him through a perilous Hyrule. In all honesty though, I wouldn’t want them to fight. I like to think that they would go hang out at the TMNT headquarters and talk about their dumb enemies over a million pizza slices. “
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