Adrian Clifford

Describe what you do creatively.
I'm a visual problem solver for others, and sometimes a visual problem creator for myself.

Do you identify as an artist, illustrator, designer or something else?
A designer who illustrates.

Do you stick to a defined stylistic direction in your work?There is definitely a common impulse that informs my work – it tends to fluctuate for varying periods of time, before flowing into new territories.

If so, describe that direction and what led to that decision.
Most of my image-making is inspired by comic art, pop art and psychedelic art, filtered through a lens of minimal, modernist, fastidious design. It was less of a conscious decision and more the result of being unable to choose between the competing energies and inspirations from each.

What colours and/or shapes excite you?
I'm drawn to circles to such a degree that I’m wary and suspicious of my affinity for them, when I’m made aware of it. Triangles worry me. Any colour on its own seems lonely or lacking purpose, except for certain blues.

What is your relationship with chaos?
I'm always trying to invite it in, to liven up the proceedings, but am likely guilty of desiring it to behave and flatter me, which is ultimately self-defeating.

Do you take risks or play it safe?
It depends on whether anyone is looking.

What discourages you from being creative?
I often have to remind myself, and other concerned parties, that being creative doesn’t always look conspicuously like creativity or indeed, productivity or responsibility. The need for every moment to be accounted for and visibly adding value is a modern condition that works against much of original or lasting worth.

What are you expecting from the RMXTV experience?
I’m hoping to be surprised and uncomfortable.

What do you know about the RMX projects?
I’m intimately familiar with them; but as they’ve all been different in intent, execution and personnel it’s a wonderfully worried kind of familiarity.