26 Apr 2013
Pernille Spence artist
Meet the artist/tutor Pernille Spence

As part of our new blog post theme, that of ‘Meet the art tutor/artist’ each month we will highlight either an art teacher/tutor or artist and ask a handful of questions, nothing too serious but something that could encourage some interaction between art teachers, artists also college tutors.

Welcome Pernille Spence, artist and art tutor – if you would like to take part or know someone who would then download the questions here and fire them back to us at:

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1. Who are you and where do you work?
My name is Pernille Spence and I teach at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art  and Design.

2. When did you decide you wanted to be an art tutor?
I was very fortunate to be asked to teach shortly after graduating from Art School. Since then I have always really enjoyed teaching.

3. Where and what did you study?
I studied BA(Hons) Sculpture and a postgraduate in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

4. What is the best thing about being an art tutor?
Speaking to students about their ideas and helping the students realise those ideas.

5. How would you describe your style (clothes, art, home….whichever you choose)
Performance art – live performance and video performance.

6. Do you listen to music while you're working? If so, what?
Never, I find it distracting. If I hear music I just want to dance, not work!

7. Which artist or designer inspires you most and why?
The performance artists, Tehching Hsieh. I find his one year performance series some of the most inspiring works that have ever been created for their absolute dedication and thought provoking content.

8. If you could give one bit of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be?
In all honesty – make sure you have some life experience beyond school before going to art college.

9. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to become an artist or designer?
Don’t under estimate the dedication it takes to succeed as either.

10. What’s your greatest achievement?
My children and then possibly being awarded a Creative Scotland Award in 2006 that allowed me focused time to concentrate on my art work.

Pernille Spence - Here now there now
Pernille Spence – 'Here now there now'

11. What three things would you still like to do before you die?
Travel to India, travel to Mexico and finish all the outstanding DIY jobs around the house.

12. What’s your favourite food?

13. Where was the last place you went on holiday?
The Lake District.

14. What was the last book you read?
Doug Aitken’s ‘Broken Screen’.

15. What is your biggest distraction?

16. If you ruled the world, what single act would you carry out.
Stop all coal mining.

17. Do you have any regrets?

18. In no more than five words, write your own epitaph.
It’s been almost a week since I answered question 17. I struggled to respond to this one and then I had a dream about it. I dreamt that there were no words, just a rainbow….

I wonder what that means?


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