Are You A Steampunk Artist? Let Me Interview You!

Good morning!

This post may seem a bit odd to my usual followers, but I am conducting an interview across the internet for my Contemporary Art paper. The subject I created is on steampunk art/fashion, why people are nostalgic for Victorian and other eras, and why people seem to shy away from the high-tech aesthetics of today.

I’m looking for steampunk artists: so if you’ve made comics, paintings, costumes, sculptures, music, props or other pieces in the steampunk/neo-Victorian style, then please reply and tell your friends to reply!

If you help out, I may reference your responses, art, and name in my paper. That being said, I will need you to tell me your real name for footnote citations, and you can do so in a private message. Rest assured that this is all for educational purposes, and my paper will not be published for profit or other motives, etc.

On to the questions!

  • In your own words, what is steampunk? What isn’t steampunk?
  • What made you come to these conclusions/definitions?
  • What is the purpose of steampunk?
  • Why did you get into steampunk/neo-victorian art? Do you like alternate history, writing fiction, do you enjoy making costumes, or something else that draws you into the genre?
  • What do you like and dislike about steampunk and/or the people who participate in the subculture?
  • How do you think steampunk handles issues of identity, gender roles, etiquette, religion, morality, racism, class systems, culture, or other topics?
  • Why do you think so many people are nostalgic about the Victorian period?
  • We live in a very digital age. Is there something about this that deters people from digital-looking art, items and clothing, and makes people yearn for aesthetics from the past (even if they are from an alternate past like a steampunk-Victorian age)?
  • Is steampunk “just a trend” that will eventually die out? Why or why not?
  • Have you seen steampunk art exhibited in a gallery, museum, or other public venue? Was it intended by the artist to be steampunk, or did it just fall into your categorization of what steampunk is to you?
  • Have you exhibited any work in galleries or other places? Have you sold pieces? What are common responses to your art that viewers/customers have?
  • Can you explain and describe some of your pieces? Why did you decide to do what you do? What are your methods, mediums, scale, subject matter, etc? Please provide images, articles, and other material for reference.
  • Are there any books, scholarly articles, or videos you found that could answer and elaborate on any of the above questions?
  • Is there anything else about this topic you would like to discuss, that I have not mentioned?

Thanks so much for your time. I look forward to getting some responses! Feel free to reply in the comments section below.

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