Galore Girls – Q&A with Blanda Eggenschwiler
Name Blanda Eggenschwiler
Occupation Graphic artist
Growing up in Zurich did you always want to be a New York girl?
I have always been drawn to New York for its incredible energy and history. When I visited for the first time I fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to live here.
What inspires you?
Movies, music, books, blogs… Any form of informative input that makes me stop and think. Cool things that happen by chance. Being surrounded by talented, driven and creative people.
Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I really believe in following your heart. I feel like anything that is driven by passion is bound to succeed in some way. I don’t think it was really a choice to do what I do it’s just kind of where I ended up by doing what I love. Creating visuals is my outlet and my way to express myself ever since I can remember.
Being a female artist do you find women have a different eye with art than men?
Of course, But I feel like different people have a different eye with art. It’s not necessarily just a gender filter that guides artists or make you more or less sensitive to art. It is all about perspective. I feel like cultural, social or ethical parameters play a much more important role in how we perceive our environment and in what we create.
Your drawings have a very hand drawn feel, they remind me of a diary growing up. Did you ever doodle on your notepads at school?
I doodled on my desk the first day of school. The next morning I found a post-it on my desk from my teacher that said “please don’t draw on school property. Use paper. ” (laughs) I’ve always kept sketch books that I fill up with doodles, ideas and drawings. It is a great way for me to collect material that I can flip through for inspiration when I am working on a project.
If you could have lunch with any artist dead or alive who would it be?
I admire Martin Kippenberger’s work and his ability to blur the line between graphic design and fine art. Ray Pettibon or Basquiat would definitely be high up on my list, but if I had to pick one I’d love to invite Joseph Beuys for lunch.
You have done some amazing collaborations with labels like OBEY. What can we expect from Blanda in 2013?
I have some amazing projects and collaborations coming out next year that I am very excited about. I would also love to put together an art show in NYC after having my first solo exhibit in Zurich this fall.
Most memorable New York moment?
When that baby alligator climbed out of the toilet… No wait, that’s an urban myth!