I had never talked to Sarah Blood about art before now; we'd indulged in conversations about pirates, ghosts and allotment gardening in the past, but never really about art. We'd shared many short conversations over cups of coffee at the mushroom works in the past but none of them touched in more than a cursory manor on the subject of art. Having interviewed a few people for the site so far I was starting to realise that it's not an entirely uncommon phenomenon; artists although often enjoying the company of other artists frequently don't talk shop. One of the things that struck me to an almost disturbing degree when I sat down to transcribe our almost two hour conversation is that Sarah talks in near perfectly structured sentences, semi-colons falling almost audibly in place. Sarah also talks pretty quickly, not that she rushes, she is well paced however by the time we started recording the interview we had already arrived at the subject of exposed electrical contacts on a neon sculpture...........
Sarah: The ones that are naked will shock you.
Ryen: Have you ever shocked yourself?
Sarah: Yeah, I have. There’s some smaller and single electrode transformers that are a lot lower voltage, a lot lower voltage and I have actually touched them just out of curiosity so I know what it feels like, it’s like someone sticking a hot pin in your finger. Neon runs on high voltage but low ampage. It’s the amps that’ll kill ya.
How old were you when you got into art?
SB: According to my mum I was always really interested in art but up until a-levels I was going down the science route, I wanted to be a forensic scientist, maybe even a forensic pathologist and that was all I was interested in.