It was supposed to be a hailed and more open return to London art week and the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park. Sure, it was open last year, but 2022 saw a chance to revive the London art world after the pandemic and recent shock to the pound. But a few weeks ago, an outsider (albeit a much followed one) known as Mr. Doodle sent the message in the form of a massive 12-room Kent-mansion doodle out into the world and every newspaper, blog, social media account had something to say. But we wanted to go there ourselves and talk to the man himself. So that is what we did.
What we found was an artist who not only fulfilled a childhood dream of doodling an entire home, but someone with both an earnestness and bold sense of what would make him happy to complete the project. Over two years he doodled on nearly every inch of the home, a home in which he and his wife will move into permanently in the days to come. When the shock and awe wanes, you realize that the public may never get a chance to see this home and the artist himself will be living and amongst his own mind. We asked him about that, the incredible timelapse he made the project and how he hears the critics now. This is an oral history of the Doodle House.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV’s Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 097 was recorded in October 2022 in Kent, England. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz