BOIZ & GURLZ: Elliot Gonzales
Describe yourself by turning your name into an acronym:
If Elliot Gonzales was a theme park, what would be five features of it?
It would be called ‘Elliot’s Pharmacopeia’. Gummy worms injected with DMT would be given free on entry, after you have spun around ten times (if you can’t manage that, you aren’t allowed in). It would be completely dark. There would be a dragon ride, and a jungle gym modeled on the neurosystem, so you’d travel through the brain, and there’d be light pulses and all. And also a backwards roller coaster, like a normal roller coaster, but goes backwards. In the dark.
What advice would you give your fifteen-year-old-self?
Post less bullshit on Facebook.
Tell me a story from primary school.
At primary school, I was really good at origami, and the teacher had me teach the rest of the class how to make paper cranes. Over the course of about three months we made 1000 cranes, all of which were hung from a curtain rail, and ending up pretty much becoming the curtain of this massive window. Some kids would even stay in at lunch to make paper cranes. At the end of the year, we all got to take some home - I’ve still got some hanging up in my room.
Would you rather live in a world where everything was written in Comic Sans, or where the only music that existed was Call Me Maybe?
The Comic Sans one! I actually used comic sans the other day.
If you could only listen to the music of three artists for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Bon Iver, The Smiths and Kendrick Lamar.
If you were to meet yourself at any age, what age ‘you’ would you want to meet?
I’d want to meet ten year old me. I’m an only child, and I didn’t have tonnes of friends as a kid, so I’d nerd up on a lot of books. My mum showed me this diary which had a drawing I’d done of a pan flute with a speech bubble reading, “PAN FLUTES ARE AWESOME.”
How and when did you get into drawing?
I started just doodling when I was two. At high school when I got bored in class, I’d start drawing in my books, pictures of monsters and weird faces and my friends, because it was more fun than algebra - essentially, I thought I hate math, I’m going to be good at drawing. In Year 11 I got more serious about it.
What is it about drawing that you love? And how does your interest in drawing influence your perspective of the world?
I like how you start with a blank mind and an image builds up inside your head, then you sort out the form and composition, and you chase that ‘eureka moment’ when it all comes together. I’ve got quite a big body of work now, which is almost unbelievable to look a and thank, ‘I made all of this!” (About perspective) I definitely think that what you’re into influences how you see the world - musicians put their world into musical terms, people into biology see biological processes, and it’s the same for drawing. Say I’m walking home, like for example, I see things around in terms of drawing, like a a drawing on a fence, or things drawing themselves - life’s a trip. For me, drawing is quite a spiritual thing, so are other things I’m into, like skateboarding, music and martial arts. When people think of meditating, the probably think of sitting cross-legged with their eyes shut, but moving meditation is when you’re doing something and you’re so engrossed in it, you’re in the zone, that there is no irrelevant thought. The full concentration and productivity is good for character building - it feels good to be doing something productive.
(Asked by Maylie) What, who or where is your biggest source of inspiration?
Women. I’m surrounded by women - my mother is a single mum, all my aunties are really cool, I have a lot of friends who are girls. Women are just cool, man.
What question would you like to ask the next person?
Supposing you were given sufficient funds to have a sitcom starring you, what would be the outline of it?
I have to issue an apology to Elliot - the only black ink pen I had left was a million years old, too well used, and I couldn’t expect the lord of drawing use such a shitty pen, so I went out and bought new ones especially. But when I got home I realised that the new pack hadn’t been opened and Elliot had used this decrepit pen which just about had an inverted tip. Sumimasen, tomodachi.
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