Untitled (You Are Everywhere) by Poppy de Villeneuve
A Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Inspired by the popularity and quirkiness of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, the editors of Artspace composed one to reveal another side of their favorite artists. Shortened versions can be found on several of the Artspace artist pages, and from time to time we’ll run the complete interviews on A+. Our ninth artist is Poppy de Villeneuve.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
I don’t know that there was much choice in the matter.
What’s your idea of a dream home or holiday?
The warm countryside in Sicily with the people I love cooking meals, eating outside, drinking wine, reading books and swimming.
Who’s your favorite artist?
I could not name just one.
What’s your preferred mode of transportation?
Walking, that’s why I live in New York.
What’s your favorite film?
If you found $20, what would you do with it?
I’d be too paranoid to pick it up.
Untitled (American Morning) by Poppy de Villeneuve
What’s on your iPod?
The National, Philip Glass, Neil Young, Ravel, Donovan.
What’s your idea of happiness?
Filming and being completely in the moment, and being with the people I love, telling stories of the past and planning our future.
What’s your idea of misery?
Being put in prison for a crime i did not commit.
If not yourself, who would you want to be?
A neuroscientist or doctor. I’d need a completely different set of DNA for that to work!
What’s your preferred drink?
A whiskey sour (with the egg white.)
What’s your hidden talent?
Do you mean my Donald Duck impression??
What books are on your bedside table?
Untitled (Something in the Night) by Poppy de Villeneuve
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Working in my pajamas.
What’s your motto or favorite quote?
My mother’s family crest, which we just discovered. It has two greyhounds running and our motto is: Fortiter et Celeriter ( Bravely and Swiftly.)
What’s your favorite art space?
What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
My grandmother’s pumpkin pie.
Who/what was your first love?
I don’t define love in such a finite way, it’s always unfolding and I don’t believe it has a start or end.
What’s your favorite time of day or year?
Dusk and the hours when everyone else seems to be asleep. Autumn.
The world would be a better place if…
we accepted difference and loved strangers.