Absurdist Interview: Artist/Photographer Sara Ford

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Colorado native artist and photographer Sara Ford started painting in college because she didn't want to take the color theory class everyone hated. Needless to say, she got really good at it. Through photography, she has worked with clients such as 303 Magazine, Denver Magazine and DVLP clothing, among others, while continuing to push herself in the realm of fine arts. Ford mixes media and negotiates a range of styles in both her painting and photography, from elegant line economy to a painterly magical realism that is at once mysterious and familiar. We spoke with Ford about things completely unrelated to that. WW: How many Turduckens do you think it would take to fill the Pepsi Center? SF: Well, would you be able to separate the turkey and the duck and the chicken, or would it be the encased thing?

WW: Good point, because then you could spread them out more and cover more distance. SF: It would require fewer Turduckens if you were able to deconstruct them.

WW: Very true, so how about that, if you could deconstruct them? SF: If you could deconstruct the Turducken, how many would it take to fill the Pepsi Center? Man, I would say a shitload.

WW: How much can you bench? SF: I can bench the bar!

WW: What's the average wing-flapping speed of an African swallow? SF: Does a flap count as up and down as one?

WW: I think a flap would be up and then down, yeah. SF: OK, so I would say for an African swallow, oh man, I think like 5 per second. Are they really speedy like a hummingbird?

WW: I have no idea. I think so. SF: I don't know either, I could Google it, but I don't really want to.

WW: I don't really want to either. Who is better looking, Abe Lincoln or Robert Downey Jr.? SF: I think that if Robert Downey Jr. was sporting an Abe Lincoln beard, then that would be the best looking.

WW: That would be the ultimate? SF: That would be the ultimate.

WW: Kumquats are weird, are they not? SF: They're delicious.

WW: How do you feel about didgeridoos? SF: I feel like I know what they sound like but I don't know what they look like.

WW: They're those long things. SF: Those long things that Aborigines play?

WW: Yeah. SF: I don't really know what to think of them. I don't really know where to put them in my life. I can never really think of a time when I'm like, "man, this would be an optimal occasion for a didgeridoo, or some didgeridoo background music." So I guess I'm undecided.

WW: Got any jokes off the top of your head? SF: Yeah, ready? OK: knock, knock.

WW: Who's there? SF: You want to go ride bikes?

WW: Marcel Duchamp is a _________? SF: Smart for making a sculpture out of a toilet and getting everyone to believe in him.

WW: How odd is it? SF: It's real odd.

WW: Where can you find a good albatross when you need one? SF: In that one movie with Humphrey Bogart, right? There's some lead albatross, or is it golden?

WW: I don't know what you're talking about. SF: Is it an albatross or is it a different bird, in that movie?

WW: I've never seen that movie. I don't know. SF: Hold on. Hey Dad...hey Dad...hey Dad, hey, was there some Humphrey Bogart movie with an albatross, was it a lead albatross? Don't you know what I'm talking about? Maltese Falcon, that's what it was. Yeah, no, it's not an albatross. I think that movie would be cooler if it was called the Lead Albatross.

WW: Yeah, that would be sweet. OK, why are cats always trying to bite me? SF: Because you smell of catnip.

WW: Final thoughts or shout-outs? SF: I would like to give a shout out to my brother, Tyler Ford, because he is the most absurd person I know, and he lives in San Fransisco now, and I miss him.

Sara Ford has an upcoming show at Crema Coffee House in August 2011. For more information and to view more of her art visit sarafordphotography.com

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