ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—Durban-born, Adelaide-adopted artist, Mike McMeekan shares a lighter side of his life as well as some of his favourite art pieces with JournoNews.
My secret pleasure … I try to avoid secret pleasures – they often have a way of coming out into the light.
My first job was … The clerk to a teller at a notorious two man agency of the Standard Bank in Point Road which had been robbed many times. We both had to wear side arms, and I, an 18 year old novice was given one. I felt like Dirty Harry.
My most annoying habits are … As a sufferer of post nasal drip I need to clear my throat constantly, sometimes I need to spit and whilst I am cautious about the where and when; sometimes I have limited options. It can be embarrassing.
A clear childhood memory is … Family sing-a-longs around the upstairs piano.
What makes me really nervous is … Letting my family down.
The best advice my parents gave me was … My father drilled it into me that a real man never lifts his hand to a woman. (I apologise to all the feminists in advance)
If I wasn’t an artist … I’d like to have been a Classical historian/philosopher.
I’m most thankful for … My spiritual epiphany during April 1979.
My favourite meal is … most everything my wife cooks for me.
I know it’s good for me, but I hate … restricting my eating of sweet desserts.
A book I love is … I love books, plural, period.
A song that resonates is … anything by Bob Dylan.
My ‘happy place’ is … my home/my studio.
My most embarrassing memory is … Falling into the swimming pool at the school gala. After being called up to receive the senior swimming trophy, I was tardy getting down the grandstands so tried to cut the corner of the pool and fell in fully clothed in my school uniform in front of the whole school.
My hidden skill is … at my age if it was still hidden it would be non-existent.
If I was a dog, I’d be a … hot one!
It’s a bit corny but I love … my family.
I’m most at peace when … at home, surrounded by family.
Country I’d love to visit … Italy.
Favourite quote … “When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for better understanding.” Robert Henri
Favourite works of art … That’s like saying which is your favourite child. If pushed I would choose works which encapsulate a moment of import. Thus I’ve chosen two paintings – one from South Africa and the other from Australia, two drawings, a sculpture and a conceptual work.