Interview: Lee-Anne Raymond (Surrealist Artist)


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Lee-Anne Raymond:

Dark Princess of Imagery from Down Under


By Jason V Brock

Jason V Brock: Lee-Anne, for people unfamiliar with you and your work, could you please tell us a bit about your philosophy?


Lee-Anne Raymond: As an artist, atheist, and feminist I am interested in science, biology, the natural world, and in human endeavor and imagination. I am in horror of cruelty toward animals and humans. The right to freedom of expression affords us our individuality and right to self-determination whether male or female. What interests me, and is becoming stronger thematically in my work, is to challenge inequality, intolerance, and injustice.

Creating an imaginative, well-realized work is undeniably what motivates me to paint at all, and, as a Surrealist, I make use of the imagination to articulate an idea, an ideal, metaphor, or concept. I am as well interested in the psychology of control and confinement. My figures are always isolated in some sort of struggle against a self- or externally-imposed stasis. Some suggest it is too personal a view, others, too distant; my figures tend to look away from the viewer or are viewed from the back, and this is more to create a notion of other, rather than “self” or “myself.”


Brock: When did you start doing art? Were you always interested in the macabre and fantastic? What draws you to the imagery that you create?


Raymond: I began practicing art proper after meeting Demetrios [Vakras]. We’ve lived together since 1984. The first oil painting that I will own up to was completed in 1988. I had always…


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About Author /

Pushcart Prize-nominee and founder of JaSunni Productions, LLC, whose award-winning documentary films include Charles Beaumont: The Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man, The AckerMonster Chronicles!, and Image, Reflection, Shadow: Artists of the Phantastique, Jason V Brock is also the author of Totems and Taboos, a compilation of his poetry and artwork, the short fiction collections Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities, The Dark Sea Within, and editor, along with William F. Nolan, of The Bleeding Edge and The Devil's Coattails, the latter two published by Cycatrix Press. He has also edited the anthologies Future Weird: Science Fiction with a Touch of Strange, the massive, award-nominated A Darke Phantastique, and others. His nonfiction volume, Disorders of Magnitude, was an awards finalist. He also served as Managing Editor and Art Director for Dark Discoveries magazine for several years. His short stories, nonfiction articles, and essays have been widely published in horror, science fiction, and fantasy magazines, anthologies, and online venues. 

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