Bamboo Forest, Shelter Island by Bastienne Schmidt
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 seventh artist is Bastienne Schmidt.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
When is was about 9 years old.
What’s your idea of a dream home or holiday?
Walking and creating.
Who’s your favorite artist?
What’s your preferred mode of transportation?
Walking and swimming.
What’s your favorite film?
Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders.
If you found $20, what would you do with it?
Get a subway ride and cruise New York.
Waxed Bra by Bastienne Schmidt
What’s your idea of happiness?
Thinking and dreaming of images and spending time with friends and family.
What’s your idea of misery?
Losing what’s precious to one’s heart.
If not yourself, who would you want to be?
What’s your preferred drink?
What’s your hidden talent?
What books are on your bedside table?
The Red Dress, Sagaponack by Bastienne Schmidt
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate and raspberries.
What’s your motto or favorite quote?
Che sera, sera.
What’s your favorite art space?
What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
Earthy meal in Greece with friends and family.
Who/what was your first love?
The smell of the sea in Greece.
What’s your favorite time of day or year?
Summer time in Greece and in the Hamptons.
The world would be a better place if…
we all cherish the humanity in each other.