March 09, 2016

J u n e J o o n J a x x | Q&A with CHARLIE GODET THOMAS


Where are you based
Currently based in London, but I have been gazing across the 
North Atlantic (to Mexico City) longingly for some time

Listening to
The sound of traffic passing

What's on your desk
A beautiful Polaroid taken by my late friend and brilliant artist 
Charlotte Horrillo, a plaque my dad had made for a tree he planted 
in memory of his parents and a cast bronze monkey face I made 
in the foundry at The Royal Collage of Art 

Can't live without
My camera, a 35 mm Nikon from the early 00's, 
an awful piece of pre-digital equipment that I have 
developed some sort of attachment to.

I'm a romantic

Sunny or cloudy
Sunny with a chance of rain

Currently reading
'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter' by Carson McCullers and 
Simon Critcheley's 'The Book of Dead Philosophers'

Daily routine
My studio is next to my bedroom so I like to get out of the house 
in the morning, I make a strong coffee and go to pick up materials, 
take photographs or make work outside (weather permitting). 
If I am at a brick wall with my practice I go to a show or take a 
book somewhere until it comes back to me. In the studio I like 
to work with my headphones on as it keeps me focused, 
that's the problem with working where you live, 
there are distractions everywhere, my cat Mavis is the main one. 
In the evening I tend to catch up with all the boring stuff, 
and then either to the pub or I like to have a drink at home 
and play darts or cards with Tamar.

Guilty pleasure
Potato Waffles

Can't travel without

Written or spoken
Written to be spoken

Favorite drink
Gosling's rum on ice with cold water on a hot day

Sunrise or sunset
Sunrise on my own (this is for your sake, I'm miserable early in the morning)

No thanks

Favorite lyrics
Richard got married to a figure skater
And he bought her a dishwasher and a coffee percolator
And he drinks at home now most nights with the TV on
And all the house lights left up bright
I'm gonna blow this damn candle out
I don't want nobody comin' over to my table
I got nothing to talk to anybody about
All good dreamers pass this way some day
Hidin' behind bottles in dark cafes dark cafes

(Joni Mitchell from The Last Time I Saw Richard)

Most precious object
Some years ago my dad was approached in a restaurant by 
Francis Bacon, they ended up going out to a club together and drinking themselves into a stupor. I have his signature that he gave my 
dad that evening, it's in fountain pen on what seems 
to be the inside of a Christmas cracker

Currently working on
Getting the hell out of this miserable city

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