Proust Questionnaire

Rosie McGurran artist

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Pottering around the kitchen inventing recipes to cook for my friends.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

I kind of fancy myself as an attempted Mitford sister.

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents for being consistently kind to all their children and everyone else.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Laziness, I have to fight it.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Extravagance.

What is your favourite journey?

Crossing the bay to Inishlacken on a warm day with a group of artists.

On what occasion do you lie?

In confession.

Which living person do you most despise?

I wouldn't waste my time despising anyone, but sometimes I indulge in brief moments of hatred.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My laptop.

When and where were you happiest?

At my exhibition opening last week.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to sing, then I could have my own heavy metal band, or maybe just have the band and see if anyone notices I can’t sing.

What is your current state of mind?

Enthusiastic.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

To be still able to work as an artist.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

A horse or a shoe.

What is your most treasured possession?

All the art I have collected from other artists.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Meanness of spirit, what an awful waste of time.

What is your favourite occupation?

Drawing.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Kindness and compassion.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Same as above.

Who are your favourite writers?

The headline editor of The Sun newspaper, genius!

What is your motto?

In Vino Veritas, not really, just Veritas, my school motto

The Gathering, the exhibition by Belfast born, Roundstone based McGurran, featuring works from the past decade, is currently on show in the Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street, until March 5. See www.galwayartscentre.ie Kernan Andrews

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