Friday 9/8/17 time 1:06 PM
Background as an artist
I received my BFA in painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, in old lyme CT. Before that I took classes with local artist. Im still quite young so my background is a bit short.
How did you end up choosing your media?
I got to my current media through lots of experimentation and a natural progression. Moving from paint to collage and printmaking felt natural. I had been using film stills as inspiration in my collage work for quite a while before I decided to just make the leap and try out video art. As soon as I started that some thing clicked and that became one of my primary mediums.
What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?
I believe that being an artist is a way of life and there are not good or bad sides to being one. I make work to express my self and to experiencing that struggle feels as natural as breathing and is just as necessary to my existence.
Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa?
This is my first time in Finland. Before I got here I only had a vague idea of what Finland would be like through I tried not to have any expectations. I expected a small town surrounded by nature that would be a grate place to focus on my artwork. Also something about saunas.
What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency?
At an artist residency to best thing is all the time I got to focus on my work. Over the time I was there I got more done in the short time I was there than I would have otherwise. The other grate thing is meeting other artists and being part of a small community. Doing artwork around others that are working just as hard makes for a grate environment for art making.
What are your plans after Haihatus?
After Haihatus I will be returning home to Texas to continue my projects. I plan on applying to more residences and eventually to graduate schools.
How does Haihatus meet your expectations?
Haihatus surpassed my expectations. The rooms were amazing and gave just the right amount of privacy when I wanted to be alone but also allowed me to go out and be social when I wanted. The studios were large and I felt like I had a lot of space to work even tho there were four people working in the studio with me. The surrounding area was beautiful and the people I met there were amazing.
9/8/17 5:48 PM Ormus
Fantastic! Can't wait to see the work
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