Eve De Haan answers some of our questions about her inspirations, the best part of being an artist, and more.
What’s your background?
My name is Eve but I go by the name, Half a Roast Chicken. I am of mixed heritage; my mother is Mauritian and my father English. I studied at Leeds university and have a theology degree.
How did you start making art/Why do you make art?
My mother had a strong influence on me and my appetite for art. Since I was tiny, she used to take me to museums & art classes. I think I’ve always been making art in some sort of way, as I’ve got older the mediums I use seem to evolve. I like making art because you can visualise something and then make into a physical thing, to me, that’s magic.
What inspires you? What are your biggest influences?
Graffiti, YouTube comments, Billboards, Text messages, Conversations I over hear all inspire me to make new work. I think from a creative perspective, there are a few stand out artists for me that I would say have influenced my art, they would be, Tracey Emin, Martin Creed & David Shrigley.
What’s the best thing about being an artist? Having self belief that you can be an artist.
What gives you the most joy?
My family, Roast Dinners, Bulldogs & Positivity.
Considering the magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic, what do you think is the impact on the art world and how could we overcome it?
I think we are currently in an uncertain time, but after a great storm sunshine will always return. I think now is the time to be thinking about what is really important to us as individuals. I hope people continue to create and continue to try and make a positive mark with anything they make.