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11/1*, Vol.10: Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar is an artist living in Vancouver, Canada.


#1. Twelve hours of the perfect day or twelve hours of the perfect night?

Twelve hours of the perfect day.

#2. What is always worth the price?

Well made products.

#4. It’s not working: try something new or persist?

Persist until it’s new.

#7. Pasta or sushi?


#8. You can bring one thing with you when you go (interpret that how you will), it must be inanimate. What is it?

A crystal.

#9. What two things must be together to satisfy you?

Intellect and humour.

#10. What is your favourite machine?

The coffee grinder.

#11. What incredibly useful thing doesn’t exist yet?

A wealth of humanity that productively exists outside of and beyond the need for monetary wealth.

#13. What famous artwork do you like least of all?

Robert Morris’ Box with the Sound of it’s Own Making from 1961 because its annoying and begins this slightly smarmy path that institutional education points to as important. Anything deemed academy important by Carl Andre as history has revealed his complicated biography. This mute collusion of powers that record keep create an untarnished or unspoilt historical lineage/trajectory of history, highlighting how damaging it is to edit our collective history.

#14. What work of yours is the favourite?

Fingerfucking or The Smile, they tie. Object of Contemplation.

#17. What about yourself can you not trust?

To resist my desire or habits.

#20. You can spend an hour any place and at any time. Where and when?

The beach for a swim in beautiful weather. An art gallery or anthropology museum on an rainy afternoon.

#22. What is your favourite type of bread?

Fresh roti. Fresh naan. Fresh sourdough.

#23. What object or tool is perfect?

The knife in general. Ceramic tools including boxwood, fettling knife, wooden rib and toggle wire.

*I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work. Here are their responses. As these are interviews I’m publishing their answers as they are, fully appreciating that English may not be their first or preferred written language. Thanks to all the participants.

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