Wednesday 10/19/16 time 10:22 AM
Background as an artist
I’ve always liked to make things. I began drawing when I was a little thing and began painting as a teenager. I painted and painted and painted until recently, when I’ve started to make sculpture and mixed media pieces. I went to school one time & so have a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art.
How did you end up choosing your media?
I don’t know that I chose to be a painter, it’s just always what I’ve been. I also make books and I discovered that particular joy on accident, through a community college class – it’s an awfully useful skill for making the perfect sketchbook. In addition to making things, I’m an avid reader and a large part of my work combines painting with literature – either conceptually or physically, in the form of borrowed words or pages. My sculptural pieces are almost always made out of found wood, construction or shipping waste, usually. I like to sand it down and make it silky-smooth and dress it up in gold.
What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?
The best part of being an artist, for me, is being able to make ideas manifest as objects. The worst part is crushing uncertainty and a predilection for depression.
Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa?
This was my first visit to Finland, and now I must visit again and again and again and…I love Joutsa & Haihatus & Finland too. I didn’t know what to expect but I was so happy in the big yellow house and in the little town and spending time in the forest among the trees and water.
What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency?
The best part of residency is the uninterrupted time to think and to make. To be taken out of the crushing capitalist routine (of America, for me) to concentrate on creativity and on living more holistically. Also, having the opportunity to experience a different culture and to gain insight and inspiration from that. Plus, all of the wonderful people from all over the world, who are also on artistic journeys.
What are your plans after Haihatus?
I must work and work and work. Also, I will make work. I’m considering graduate school for an MFA and also trying to figure out exactly how to spend the next five years, including as many residencies that I can cram in.
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