David Uzochukwu

“I’m very easily distracted by the sky.”


David Uzochukwu (20)
Berlin, Germany

CO: Describe your personality.

DU: Just picture a shirt with Nehru collar, tightly wrapped around the need to prove myself and my love for a handful of beings. 

CO: Tell us about your work

DU: I enjoy linking human emotion and nature. My work is rooted in self portraiture and subtle surrealism. 

CO: Do you have art in your house?

DU: Really great books and movies, some sketches by my friend Ana. A self portrait of Lexi Mire, and tiny prints of Alec Soth‘s work.

CO: Where is the line between art and not art?

DU: If it was just made to sell, it probably isn’t art.

DU: If it was just made to sell, it probably isn’t art.

CO: What are your strengths?

  1. Bullet point lists

  2. Purposeful naivité

CO: What are your weaknesses?

DU: Very easily distracted by the sky. 

CO: If a child somehow survived and grew up in the wilderness without any human contact, how “human” would they be without the influence of society and culture?

DU: This has happened with children emerging from the wild at least, and people can’t be entirely socialized even then. We’re animals, our nature just happens to be to nurture. 

CO: Where does your self-worth come from?

DU: My dreams, my work.

CO: What should be the goal of humanity?

DU: Facing our responsibility towards ourselves and our environment.

CO: What does it mean to live a good life?

DU: To lift others up, maybe.


CO: Is free will real or just an illusion?

DU: I don’t think we have free will. Factors other than a single will clearly control our actions sometimes. We can’t control what we want. Who we are is mainly shaped by external factors. But still, most of the time we seem to have some control over how we try to handle what is given to us. Otherwise morality wouldn’t make much sense. 

CO: Do you ever have doubts about your work?

DU: The transition from one artistic crisis into the next one is seamless. 

CO: Why do we dream?

DU: There’s got to be a space where we don’t lie to ourselves. 

CO: Is it possible to live a normal life and not ever tell a lie?

DU: I’d like for it to be!

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