Hi Mark! First of all, congratulations on being our featured artists for the pack ‘Home’. Were you surprised to hear you’ve been chosen?
INTERVIEWING – HUMAC
EXHIBITION XIX – HOME
To be honest I’m really surprised that I got chosen to be the featured artist, I didn’t expect it. I guess I’ve been in Cosmosys for quite some time now and I haven’t been picked as featured until now. I thought my pieces before were better than today but I love the pieces that I submitted to this pack. It really has a connection, not only to me, but to what is happening around the world as well and it quite fits our theme.
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
Well I’m Mark Joseph Paje or huMAC in the art community. I am born in the hundred islands, the Philippines. I started making small art or signatures/tags in gaming forum (DotA) way back in 2003. I started doing Large Art in 2005. At first it was hard transitioning from signature making to large art, but I kept on pushing and learning on how to do this and do that.
Like a lot of oldschool artists you began with making tags, I see! Anyway, you started doing Large art around 2005. How did you end up in Cosmosys anyway?
Yeah, you could say that I’m old school now. I joined Cosmosys to have a new family. At that time I think IN was struggling with activity, so I decided to join another art collective to have new friends and a new environment, although most of the people here I already knew way back then. I think Aleebr invited me to join Cosmosys.
That must have been before my time then, haha. Let’s talk about the exhibition. For this exhibition called ‘Home’, you’ve made some stunning pieces. Most have the feeling that they are quite personal, such as ‘Peace’, but especially ‘I Am Who I Am’. How did you set off when starting on these pieces?
About ‘Peace’, I came up with that idea as of what is happening around the world right now. It’s heart breaking. So I decided to make something about it. I hope people just embrace what we have right now or what we can have without stepping on others. Let’s have peace in ourselves first so we can have peace with each other.
About ‘I Am Who I Am’, it’s about people in general with different beliefs and religions. Just respect them as who or what they are. Don’t judge them only by appearance. Know them first. Respect each other.
And how did you conceptually go about tackling the theme? How does it connect with what you just described?
Respecting each other can make yourself feel at peace. You don’t have to worry about anything with anyone around. Being comfortable about yourself and everything around you makes you feel at home.
That makes sense. You’ve got a collaboration with Joakim (Joaking) called Labyrinth. Can you tell us about the process of working together with him?
Joakim posted a wip and it did strike me. It reminded me of my piece ‘I Am Who I Am’. So I decided to ask him if I can make something with it and then I added a few stuff on it and I think it worked.
How would you describe your own style?
It mostly consists of different shapes that goes with the flow with some vibrant colors. I always use colors that attracts the eye. How do you describe my style, Joeri?
Organic vector art that is indeed colorful and it’s distinguishing because of its fluid, though contrasting shapes, I guess, haha! The abundance of elements and colors give a real dynamic to your work. Do you have a favorite piece (other than your own) from this exhibition?
I have 2 favorite pieces now. ‘Welcome’ by Dyst and ‘Battlefield’ by Stoogie. I’m a fan of Dyst since before and him making an abstract piece is like porn to my eyes. So it’s always a pleasure seeing him making stuff like that. The ‘Battlefield’ piece is really awesome. I love the elements and the colors of it. It really feels like you are in that field.
Right! Well, thank you for the interview, Mark, it has been a pleasure! Any last words to share?
It’s my pleasure also. Thanks for the feature. Thanks to the people that voted for me. Finally after 19 exhibitions I got featured here. Such a pleasure. Keep making art and have fun.
Inspire and Enjoy.