In the 2nd in a two-part series, Halifax visual artist Bridgette Morrissey takes our Proust Questionnaire.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?Having to endure some terrible situation and know that you're responsible for it.
Where would you like to live?Any city on the East Coast, a place where the buildings are made of stone and the population big enough to ensure some anonymity.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?A condo in the city and a cottage in the country, I'd live in both, regularly driving to and fro between them. I'd also like some animals, and annual voyages to far away lands.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?I waste a lot of time day-dreaming of amazing projects when I should be using that time to actually work on potentially amazing projects. I also buy expensive pens. If a coveted pen isn't handy when I need to write something down, I'll often wander round and round the house searching for it rather than use any of the lesser pens littering every available surface.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?Lawrence Campbell from Lynn Cody's third novel, Mean Boy. He's this awkward kid aspiring to be a poet, his character this barley-controlled mess of naivety and passion.
Who are your favorite characters in history?Andy Warhol. He never once felt he needed to explain himself.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?George Elliot and Jane Austin, the former an intellectual and the latter a real wit. Both accomplished artists in a time when women weren’t expected to be much at all.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?Anne Shirley
Your favorite painter?Banksy.
Your favorite musician?Dave Grohl, as much for his music as for his activism and whacky schemes.
The quality you most admire in a man?Gentleness
The quality you most admire in a woman?Gentleness
Your favorite virtue?Humor
Your favorite occupation?Artist, in all it's forms.
Who would you have liked to be?No one in particular comes to mind...Laurie Anderson? She lives a life of privilege and does a lot of interesting things. I'd say her mailing list is probably something to be coveted.