Interview w/ Carson Ellis , Artist

SM: Where are you at in your work right now?

CE: Trying to devote equal time to fine art, a picture book, a graphic novel, album art for the new Decemberists record, and illustration work; driving myself crazy.

SM: What joke would you tell the devil at a party in hell?

CE: Question: What’s 12 inches long and makes mommy scream all night? Answer: Stillbirth

SM: T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis and William Blake have all seperately asked you to the upcoming prom. Who gets to pin the corsage?

CE: C.S. Lewis, but I might get drunk and leave with William Blake.

SM: If yesterday was a combination of three colors, what colors would they be?

CE: Yesterday? Late October in Portland, Oregon? Greyish blue, greyish grey and grey

SM: In the middle of the interview, an anecdote is requested.

CE: Today I spent the day building a phone booth out of wood and discovered when I was finished that I had built it too big to fit through the door. Worse than that, I had used to door as a reference for the size (as in: “I should make it about the size of the door…only wider”). When I realized my mistake I thought I might cry but in the nick of time my friend Jesse came in and sawed the whole thing in half.

SM: Please give us a four word combination to use to banish ghosts.

CE: Be-gone, evil spectre!

SM: What’s your first reaction to a crowded city street?

CE: Clausterphobia.

SM: What is one thing you are sure of?

CE: All you need is love.

SM: What what the last song you produced an illustration to?

CE: “The Sporting Life” by the Decemberists.

SM: Please compose a short poem or haiku about whatever you’d like.

CE:
Ode to C.S. Lewis

‘Neath crepe paper ornaments
We talked all night
You brought me punch
And by candlelight
We talked about Narnia
I said I always felt for Edmund

But William Blake was a wonderful dancer
He said, “Let’s take a walk”
I swooned in answer
But O white witch!
I never saw him again
And lost my chance with you, sweet C.S.

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