Chris Sorensen is a sculptor who works with metal and a founder of the Fresno ArtHop. His Fresno galleries and studio provide space for local artists to work. Before participating in a panel on where people experience art in the Central Valley, he talked about his favorite things about Fresno, the foods he won’t eat, and the art on his living room walls in the Zócalo green room.
What food won’t you eat?
Coconut. And sesame seeds. I like food.
When are you at your most creative?
Early in the morning. I wake up about 4:00 every morning.
What’s your favorite thing about Fresno?
The people. And the heat. I like it hot.
What’s your ideal temperature?
What’s hanging on your living room walls?
I don’t know—my wife puts it all up. Photographs, and there’s a couple paintings. My son is an artist—his art.
What superpower would you most like to have?
Keeping people happy.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever been given?
Life. You know what I want for Christmas? [What?] Another one.
What word or phrase do you use most often?
What’s your favorite plant or flower?
Roses. I make mine out of paint can lids—it takes four paint can lids to make a rose. I made my granddaughter all her flowers for her wedding out of metal.
How did you get into trouble as a kid?
Doing what I wasn’t supposed to do. Forgetting to take my shoes off.