Interview with Pete Fecteau

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On November 9, 2011
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Pete Fecteau is a designer by day. He attended Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attained his BFA in Digital Media Design in 2007. A few days ago we posted something about his “Dream Big” mosaic project made from 4,242 Rubik Cubes. Today, we have some insights about how this project cam to life and what challenges the artist. Pete Fecteau confesses: “Design is an art form with a specific purpose and artwork is a relative purpose. I think fine art attempts to express or implicate emotion and the artist and viewer are then challenged to define what that is. Whereas design is more confined to what needs to be conveyed and then tries to achieve that. There’s more freedom in artwork of course but design isalways a good challenge.”

 

1. Do you have some artworks since you were a child?
I used to fill the margins of the church leaflets as I sat and listened to sermons. My Mother would ask me to draw things and I would draw them really small. I have a thing for scale.
2. When did you start working on this?
October 2009 I started planning it. I started building the mosaic in August 2010.
3. Why did you choose this medium to express yourself?
I had been playing with Rubik’s Cubes for a couple years, as a novelty. The idea to use them for art came to me in a dream.
4. How do you work?
I like to work in isolation, without music or any other distractions. I have to borrow space where I can find it. I can’t afford my own studio space right now but I fantasize about having one.
5. What inspires you?
I try to let everything and everyone inspire me. I’ve been playing around with the idea of the emotional spectrum and what that would look like. I also have been working with the golden ratio a lot lately.
6. What themes do you pursue?
Peace and Love, great minds. Big stuff, cosmic stuff.
7.  What’s your favorite art work?
Ludovico Einaudi’s “Nuvole Bianche”
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