Sai Marie Johnson (°1984, Lane County, United States) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, Johnson wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation.
Her artworks appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. With a conceptual approach, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By investigating language on a meta-level, she tries to grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface.
Her works focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. In short, the lack of clear references are key elements in the work. Sai Marie Johnson currently lives and works in the Great Pacific Northwest.
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me to write. A walk in the park, the scent of flowers in spring, a golden ray of sunshine on your face, the shadows in the night, everything. I’m a poet at heart, and I see the world through rose colored glasses at times. It’s an Alice in Wonderland meets Dorothy in Oz effect, and as Shakespeare best said it, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
Indeed, everything inspires me.
Tell us about your writing process.
The age-old question that grinds my gears most. I usually do not outline, but sometimes I do diagram a story with a storyboard, and other methods such as writer’s bibles, and overview pitches. I have found that outlining is too boxing, and it makes it really hard to stay focused on the writing. I prefer to let words flow from my brain to my fingers, as the inspiration flows..the writer’s waterfall effect.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I hear voices can be used here. Yes to both questions, of course.
Who are your favorite authors?
Laurell K Hamilton, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Cussler, Nora Roberts, Clive Barker, Charlaine Harris, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and LP Lovecraft.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish because I wanted to retain creative freedom, and licensure. I wanted to maintain the most control, and be involved in every process of my book’s evolution into the literary world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the digital age is looking very promising for a lot of author success right now. I foresee a continual evolution in the market, and industry, which can be capitalized on beautifully if companies keep themselves updated on the newest changes in platforms, and demographics. It’s becoming easier for people to purchase the things they want most, and the process of filtering, plus usage of the long tail aspect of product placement we the potential for a handsome reward is certainly obvious.
What genres do you write?
Historical, Regency, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Mythological, Erotica, Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Urban, Contemporary, Poetry
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print