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Paul Kuimet. Photo: Laura Toots

“Daily Dozen” with Paul Kuimet 0

We invited Paul Kuimet (1984), the young visual artist from Tallinn, Estonia, to share his thoughts and answer our “Daily Dozen” questions. Paul Kuimet is currently working with urban landscapes 
and the possible political, poetical and perceptional 
interpretations that lie beneath. An exhibition “Not necessarily so” by Paul Kuimet and Laura Toots is on view at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, until February 10, 2013.   

1. What’s the best moment of your day?

Waking up and being anxious to get to work, and knowing that I can spend the day working only on things that are truly important to me.

2. Why do you work as an artist?

Because I don’t have to, but want to. And because I learn about and understand the world around me by working as an artist.

Kairo Street. 2011

3. Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you?

4. Where do you currently get ideas for your works?

From a variety of sources, but mostly from the process of working.

5. Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?

Something very expensive that I could sell, so that I could get back to work. Experiences are more valid than owning objects.

Kairo Street. 2011

6. What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?

Working on things that pay the bills, reading, music, films, bar, skateboarding.

7. Do you sleep a lot?

I sleep the normal 8 hours a day, whenever possible.

8. Do you collect anything?

Good memories and experiences.

Kairo Street. 2011

9. What is one of the most important things in your studio?

A clear head on my shoulders.

10. What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

A good home-cooked meal for which no living creature has been harmed.

11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

Those aware of my height will not be surprised to find out that I wanted to be a basketball player.

12. Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.

My wife and my friends.