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7HFKQRORJ\ DQG WHFKQRORJLFDO DGYDQFHPHQWV DUH PDGH SRVVLEOH WKURXJK WKH PDJLF RI VFLHQFH RI FRXUVH 6R ZKHQ D IULHQGUHIHUUHGPHWRWKHYHU\WHFKQRORJLFDODQGKLJKO\UHYHUHG6FLHQWDUWLVW/LO\%XWWHU,WKRXJKWZKREHWWHUWRFRQVXOW IRUWKLVLVVXH"0LVV%XWWHUQRWRQO\PDNHVVFLHQWRORJLFDODUWEXWLVDOVRGHHSO\LPPHUVHGDQGDIĂ XHQWLQWKHGLVFLSOLQH WKDQNVWR3RSXODU6FLHQFHPDJD]LQH6KHZDV´SHUIHFWO\DUWLFXODWHGHOXFLGDWLQJKHUYHUELDJHERUGHULQJRQORJRSKLOLDÂľ DQG,HPHUJHGIURPWKHLQWHUYLHZIHHOLQJUDWKHUHQOLJKWHQHGDQGDOLWWOHPHQWDOO\GUDLQHG+HUGHOLJKWIXOGUDZLQJVDUHDQ appropriate intersection of art and technology in form and process as well as subject matter, which directed the dialogue WKDW\RXZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGKHUH>HULNDEDOLQW@ EB: So were did Lily Butter come from?

in the computer, printed out in these sheets (about 7 inches),

LB: Ottawa. Sometime in the 80s or 70s or 60s or something like that â&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just turned 70 this summer, and I just perfected vacuuming right now. In fact I even own a vacuum.

and I just did the math for how it would sit on this thing.

EB: And how did you go from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sybilâ&#x20AC;? to Lily? LB: Haha, well I am a sibilant. A sibilant, I think, is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna quote from the Oxford English dictionary, which I do not own a copy of at the moment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a sibilant is someone who seems to speak prophetically- however calling someone a sibilant is not a judgement on whether their sibilantism is any good or not. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that they say things that seem to forebode of the future. So they seem to know something about precognition maybe, and, I try and totally own that. But yeah, Lillianâ&#x20AC;Ś Lillian is just my middle name. And I stay under the middle name and Butter is a joke about... remember the movie Paris is Burning? No no its not that one itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the other one- Last Tango in Paris! (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as good as Paris is Burning) but it has a scene with butter in it. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of a joke. But I just tell everybody my last name is Bloodgoat. Which you can kinda shorten to Butter. Bloodtter. [We talked a lot about Butter from here, which lead into speaking of her artmaking process (but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask me how), and we looked at an enormous gel-medium collage piece as example.] LB: This is a collage of about 8 different illustrations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most of which are hanging up around here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and then I take all of the drawings in the computer, stick â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em all together into one giant epic piece, and at the same time just keep drawing. Both of these started out with me printing out a giant piece like this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which once again, is like 8 different drawings all stuck together

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty sure a lot of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s techniques in arts these days are â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you know, you get a bunch of images by just typing into Google what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like a picture of, you get it, and you can kinda just flip â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em together â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and yes, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art with seams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and people are like printing their art out or getting it at the print shop, and your task as the artist is like, framing it and getting a really good coat of protective spray. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the stuff that sells, too. The work that I throw into these pieces â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the goal isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t to complete this giant 11 foot painting and sell it, but just to keep shopping it. Keep shopping it and working it and having new permutations of stuff coming out. And its fun to go back into my catalogue and use all these reproduction techniques, and like, slop chemicals around in my kitchen and make a mess. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fun to pull out a drawing from 5 or 10 years ago and work it over again and give it a new body over and over again. EB: Do you often manipulate digitally, or do you just take the digital reproduction and manipulate from there? LB: I do a bit of my work digitally. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing more and more digital refinements too. I have a lot of images online â&#x20AC;&#x201C; collections of images that have Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created, that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been stockpiling online â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and I consider the images constantly evolving, and the image becomes what I push it to; give or take how good the backups of the previous image are. Like, almost everything I have from before 2007 I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a hi-res copy of, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m lucky to have a colour copy of. Once we got to the end of the 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Internet started getting

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