3 May 2019



"The Interviews Vol. 1"

(58) Interviews. 268 Pages. 




The first ten years of my career were spent in relative isolation. Except for my friends and family, nobody knew who I was or what kind of art I was making. That changed immediately once I started using social media and performing. Over the next decade, I was asked to do countless interviews. Some of the most insightful questions have arrived as the school semesters were ending. Student interviews, as well as interviews with various newspapers, blogs, zines, and magazines, have been helpful in deconstructing the reasoning behind my art projects. Having a dialogue with others and being asked questions I wouldn’t think to ask myself about my art has been really valuable.

Though I’ve done quite a few interviews, I haven’t done them all. I turned down a glamour magazine’s request for an interview because of the shockingly bad list of questions they sent me: “What is your favorite color? If you could sleep with anyone, who would it be? ...” I hung up on NPR in the middle of their interview because the interviewer had an agenda to label me “mentally ill.” Other times, I have put a great deal of thought into my answers, only to have them reduced to a two-minute read or a clickbait statement: “This Is Your Face on Drugs!” These instances inspired me to make this book of interviews containing the entirety of my responses, uncensored.

Some interviews are no longer available online. Others were published after being translated into another language. I've also included articles that originated from either in-person, video, or phone interviews where the source recordings are unavailable. They cover many subjects: performance art, drugs, found photographs, lost art, daily self-portraits, self-portrait experiments, psychological test cards, exhibitions, and more.

Putting these ten years of interviews together has been overwhelming. I've been blown away by the number of people who have found my art interesting enough to want to find out more about it and then share it with others.

I use the suffix "Vol. 1" with the hope that the curiosity will continue for decades to come. As humans, we create our own meanings, and the answers we discover are dependent upon the questions we ask. I want to thank all of the people who have asked me questions in these last ten years. You have helped me grow as an artist, and I am forever in your debt. Thank you.

-Bryan Lewis Saunders



The Interviews Vol. 1

268 pages.












After donating the last of the proof copies of the "Interviews Vol. 1" books to the Seattle Books To Prisoners organization, BTP, about a month or two ago I got to thinking, "Wouldn't it be really cool to send 10 books to the 32 other Books to Prisoners organizations around the country?" Each one of them donates to different prisons in different states and as it is a paperback book and less than 2" thick without controversial images or anything it should meet the criteria of almost all of them. I can't think of anything more positive than sharing my unedited experiences and my love for art and all that it has done for me with people who are in a similar situation I was in before I started learning about art and making it! After adding up the cost of printing and shipping I believe this can be done for about 3,000 bucks. I have a list of the remaining 32 organizations and however much money is donated will help me move down the list. I think this would be really cool and really rewarding. Feel free to share and or donate what you can!




(I started this fundraiser on Facebook but not everyone was comfortable with donating through them so I created a way to do it on here on my site. So far the fundraiser on FB has had 17 donors and generated 364.00 in donations! The next three organizations are covered but there are still app. 29 left to go. We thank you for all of the help you can give.)



If you would like to donate books of your own here is where I am sending mine too first and I will update as the fundraiser progeesses:



Asheville Prison Books

c/o Downtown Books & News

67 N. Lexington Avenue
Asheville NC 28801

Athens Books to Prisoners

30 1st Street

Athens, OH


Appalachian Prison Book Project

PO Box 601

Morgantown, WV 


Big House Books

PO Box 55586 

Jackson, MS 


Book ‘EM

PO BOX 71357

Pittsburgh, PA 








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