Welcome back to the #veryculture blog! Thanks for being here once again. I must say, organizing and getting through these interviews has been a mad roller coaster and a lot of fun (for me lol) Yeah, I’m having fun with this blog. It’s a lot of work but I’m having fun. This week, we have ‘the man himself’ Paige. I would advise you to read all the way through to the end lol.
First of all, why your artwork so sick and how often do you practice your craft?
Paige: Lol, caught flu and never left. I draw daily really, whether it’s for class or personal but it’s everyday.
You attend the prestigious Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. How has this school influenced your prowess as an artist?
I think in a sense that, what’s expected of you just for the mere fact that you’re in a school like this with literally everyone around you being talented, it pushes you to be a different monster and focus to maintain a certain standard right through.
Art by: Paige
In your opinion, what’s the best and worst thing about Edna?
I would say, the best thing is as I mentioned, they push you and they hone your way of thinking making it more concrete and conceptual. The worst part lol uhh it’s not really flexible as it pertains to course selection. What’s set for you in your department is set. You don’t have much say in it.
I’m currently attending UWI and God know, it ROUGH! At any point, have you felt like dropping out?
Yeah fam lol way too much. Especially, in first and second year because at that time you have more art history and theory courses than anything else.
Put your playlist on shuffle and give me the first five selections.
- Bank On That – Royal Blu (UNRELEASED)
- A Star is Born – J. Cole/Jay-Z
- Burn – Meek Mill feat. Big Sean
- Shipwrecked – Mick Jenkins feat. The Mind
- Sidewalks – The Weeknd feat. Kendrick Lamar
It is rumored that you’re Royal Blu’s ghostwriter. How true is this Sir?
Lol yeah man a me.
Art by: Paige
You recently did a mural at the JUTC depot in Rockfort in collaboration with fellow visual artist, Matthew McCarthy. Was this your first collab with him and what was it like working with him?
Nah, not the first. We actually worked together on a mural project by the Young Women’s Christian Association on South Camp Road. With the one at Rockfort, it was pretty smooth. Matthew has acted as a mentor even before we begun working together so that helped. Esther Beckford worked on it with us as well.
Photo: A section of the mural at Rockfort.
You also did some work with the new jerk spot in Kingston namely, 22 Jerk. Tell us a little more about the work you did for them.
It was just a commission thing really. Just some graphics. They saw my work, liked it and reached out.
What’s your most favourite Kanye West album? It would have to be 808’s for me.
HAAARD tie between Late Registration and Graduation.
Cyaa fight dat at all. Those are classics. In closing, is there any message you would like to leave with the people?
Yeah, me just wah everybody know seh dem a super BLXXDCLAAT star. Suh nuh mek nobody treat unnu like paperback magazine. Gaza Gennasyde. My dawg dem affi live.
That’s where we end our little chat with comedian/ Visual artist Paige. Thanks for reading. Your support means a lot to me. Stay tuned for the upcoming episodes in Season 1. Nuff more niceness is on the way.
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