Eva Claycomb Interview

Eva Claycomb is an artist based out of Austin, TX. She makes awesome art books, and you should buy some. Her two poems were featured in the 11th issue of Reality Hands. You can find her work at her website: http://www.evaclaycomb.com/

RH: How does your text relate to the world outside the words? Was Pencil Dick derived from an actual failed Craigslist score?

Eva: These are words I got from the internet in some form, and then futzed around with. I did receive an angry email addressed to Pencil Dick and I was really delighted by it- no one had ever called me that before! I think the guy was trying to get some egg crate foam I had put on the curb.  Poor pencil dick isn't internet savvy and lacks any sense of digital urgency. He's fairly aspirational as far as I'm concerned. 

RH: Your visual art and writing are very funny. This might sound like an insane question: but do you feel like you approach writing in a similar way to your visual art?

Eva: I think I do approach writing from a visual/drawing kind of spot. I like words, and the way they look written out.  To be honest I'm a little scared of Writing, and the seriousness of it. I worry about trying to put thoughts and ideas out there so nakedly, to fend for themselves without a drawing of a horsey with a big butt to go with them. But words are always a big part of my drawings and have started to take on a more prominent role, and in the case of the books I've been making, there are fairly developed ideas behind them.  Starting from an image is easier for me.

RH: What artists influenced your work -- visual and text?

Eva: Ray Johnson is a big one! I like his writing a lot and the way he uses writing in his visual art. And some many of his projects are so smart and dumb at the same time. Jenny Holzer, who makes such terrifying stuff.  I've always loved Tove Jansson, the Finnish illustrator, who it turns out was also an incredible writer! She's super famous for her books about a family of trolls but she also wrote pretty beautiful, restrained prose. I also really like the poetry of Melissa Broder and Patricia Lockwood. The short stories of Helen Oyeyemi. 

RH: You have a couple art books out. Do you mind describing those projects, and where people could find them?

Eva: I have a couple of books out on Monofonus press, Goo State and Breakfast Zine. Goo state is a sort of squishy, dissociative set of drawings and thoughts about how hard it is to have a self, and The Breakfast Zine takes an existential look at breakfast, the intricacies of, the rituals of, the purposes of- and it has a PSA poster about waking up sad. Both available here: http://monofonuspress.com/store
The latest one is called Franzine and it's a fan zine about my friend's dog. It deals heavily with my own projections. It's available at Farewell Books, in Austin, or if you contact me directly, I'll send you one.