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Yoko Ono

Born in Toyko in 1933, Yoko Ono is a film-maker, conceptual artist, musician and peace campaigner. In 1969, she married John Lennon, with whom she held bed-ins for world peace and recorded the single Give Peace a Chance. Her latest exhibition, Between the Sky and My Head, featuring her work from the 1950s until now runs at the Baltic Centre, Gateshead, until March 15, 2009.

What makes good art?

Good is in the eye of the beholder, but I happen to have several pairs of eyes.

What defines contemporary living for you?

To have a space you can be happy in.

What sums up your style?

Putting together what I love.

Do you have a signature look?

Hats, I’m afraid.

What is your beauty ritual?

Breathe deeply (when I remember).

Are you high-maintenance?

No, I have simple needs. It’s the secret of keeping healthy.

What is your most diva-like demand?

I want to see world peace — I want to witness it and enjoy it. I think that’s a big demand.

What is your best trait?

Trying to accomplish a lot in one day.

What is your worst trait?

Trying to accomplish a lot in one day.

Do you believe in monogamy?

Personally, I can’t think of having too many relationships at once. Too complicated.

Do you have religious faith?

I don’t subscribe to a particular religion.

I believe in the human power of imagining and letting our good dreams come true.

Who is your best friend?

My son and my daughter now. It was John, my husband, before he passed away.

Are you a romantic, or more of a pragmatist?

I’m sure my friends think of me as a romantic. Well, yes, I am. But I am pragmatic, too. There’s no reason why you can’t be both.

Which comes first for you: sex or love?

Definitely love.

Cat or dog?

I’m a cat person. John was, too.

What is your first memory?

I had a recurring dream till I was five of coming out of my mother’s body.

What would you save if your house was on fire?

Memory stuff — family photos, John’s photos.

How do you spend your downtime?

With a cuppa tea and a great book.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Good dark chocolate.

Who would be your dream party guests?

People who are like rabbits: sweet, gentle and busy, busy.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

I can’t think of anybody . . . Britney Spears?

What’s your catchphrase?

Let’s do it.

What is the one thing you want to improve about yourself?

To not be so hard on myself.

What causes you sleepless nights?

Life itself.

What five words would your friends use to describe you?

I really don’t ask, and they don’t tell me.

Is it better to give or to receive?

Life is giving. Giving is life. That’s what I think. But it’’s nice to receive, too — especially when it comes as a total surprise.

What were the last three things that you bought?

An appetiser, main course and coffee.

Are you a lark or an owl?

Well, it depends. I dance in my mind when I’m a lark. I become an owl when I write. I love myself more when I’m a lark.

What is your favourite word?

To me, words are beautiful in all forms and in all languages.

What was your big break?

Being born was my first break.

What one piece of advice would you give others?

Be yourself and try to have fun with it.

What ambition have you not yet achieved?

The list would be so long, it would be a book.

What is your biggest regret?

I have no regrets.