Inside the Mind of Knorphus Zortorch
Tags: Artist Interview, Knorphus Zortorch, Ocean Beach
A year ago, I attended an Ocean Beach art show and ended up buying the painting below for $53. (How that price was named will be explained later) The artist is locally notorious for his tube time at the jetty, and for dropping lyrics at random house parties, but not yet for his art.
His name is Knorphus Zortorch.
What inspires you to make art?
The creation aspect of art is manufacturing tokens from my thoughts. My mind creates constantly, art is the product. Art is an occasional souvenir for keeps or for sale.
Why are so many of your characters dismembered?
Why not? There is a whole faction of our society that we are protected from who are dismembered, diseased and dying. Why not point them out for your amusement?
Has becoming a father changed your approach to art?
Yes, I now have two great models I do not have to pay for. They also work very hard for me for very little. The benefits of having tiny slave type workers in art is something I have wanted since I first learned of Thomas Kinkade’s empire of art. I would like an empire like his.
What is your day job? What else do you do with your free time?
During the day I work as a Hyperbaric Technician. I care for people with chronic non-healing wounds, severe radiation tissue damage, and amputations with compromised healing potential. You would think my art is inspired by my job, but it is the opposite. I took a job in the real world which mirrors my art and creative side.
Where does the urge to create come from?
I have always had a need to create things that are intelligent and morbid. It is the part of me that refuses to believe in a mundane worry-free society. I have watched many people pass away and suffer from terrible diseases. I must create these things before it is my turn.
What music have you been listening to lately?
Lately I have rigged up my cable TV to my sound system so that I can listen to the 24 hour metal channel without having the TV on. I have been listening to metal from around the globe for 167 hours straight. Before that I was just playing Belgian power metal on repeat.
Ask yourself a question.
Why have you not made millions of dollars on your art?
Well, I am flattered that I would ask myself this question. It is because I created a concept of equal time value. If time is our constant (N), and Social Wages is a calculated rate (W), then the product of these is a fair price for my art (FP).
If a piece of art takes me two hours to make (N=2), and the person interested in buying it makes $11.35/hour (W=11.35)
Then, 2 x 11.35 = $22.70, the price for the piece of art.
If I wanted to make millions of dollars on my art, I would have to stop hanging out with all of my poor friends. That is not going to happen.