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Paul Chisholm is one of the selected GFEST 2011 artists. He is to showcase art work ‘I Am Not An Abomination’ at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 visual arts exhibition. GFEST 2011 Visual Arts Exhibition will take place at Dreamspace Gallery , 1-3 Dufferin Street, London, EC1Y 8NA (press buzzer to enter) during Mon 7 Nov to Sat 19 Nov 9am to 5:30pm, Sat: 10am to 5pm (Sunday Closed) ENTRY FREE

We interviewed Paul to find more about himself & his practice.

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How do you see your own art or artwork?

Life for humans is far from perfect one may say we are living in Hell and are far from the pure and perfect world some would like us to believe we are living… 

I see my art work as a reflection on the unease, misunderstanding, human emotion and life’s un- ending cycles of enlightenment and regression that faces society. 

How would you describe your own practice?

My sculptures are at first glance playful and childlike but with further investigation each work has serious undertones of a world struggling to deal with its own conflicts and contradictions.

Paul Chisholm

Are there any external factors that help you creatively?

No man is an island or so the saying goes, no emotion is new, external factors are the magic and ephemeral nature of life its self. How can one not be both in awe and just a little scared by the World in which we live?

How do you look at reinventing yourself or reflect progression in your work?

Reflection and reinvention are a continual cycle of creation, contemplation, procrastination and critical thinking and through these reflections my work develops into a deeper understanding of how my Art can communicate its message.

What are the most important themes and elements that feed into your creativity?

My sexuality has of late feed deeply into my practice my work deals with Stigma, prejudice, sexuality and Living with HIV in a post 80’s /90’s crisis. However my work still holds a strong sense of whimsicality. Art should be thought provoking and challenging juxtaposed with humor, after all humor is one of the most powerful tools and Artists has to engage his the viewer.

Can you describe the creative process behind the work and how it works for you?

The creative process is a complex web of connections, which evolve with time, and at its boiling point the concepts become reality through a variety of channels. It works for me through a sprinkle of chance, a dash of ingenuity and a whole lot of passion. 

How would you like yourself or your work to be known?

I would like my work to be known as a catalyst for change even if that change only occurs in a single person I’ve done a good job!

Any single wish?

Peace on Earth

Many thanks Paul and best wishes from GFEST team.

For more information on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 please contact: Subodh Rathod, Wise Thoughts / GFEST – Gaywise FESTival
Tel: 020 8889 9555 /


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