29 July 2010
1. Where and how would you display your work in an ideal situation?
Most often I find that showing my 2-D work and my sculpture together enhances the experience for the audience and myself, so finding a a space that lets both have enough breathing room is important to me. That said - I am not fond of the traditional formal gallery format. Ideally, if I had to define the perfect space it would be something similar to the covered courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery- it has an indoor and an outdoor feel and space to sit and walk and interact with the work. I would always want an audience to feel comfortable in the space while viewing. I have displayed work in large warehouses finding intimate corners - spaces within spaces, and that has been successful.
2. If expository writing is good at elucidating and proving a point and descriptive geometry gives us the tools by which to map objects in space in relation to one another, what kind of an apparatus does art afford us?
What does art do best?
Art can help us make sense of, or at least explore, what is happening in our culture and in the world around us. It allows a personal journey within that exploration, while at the same time drawing in and on the experiences of many.
3. What can you expect from your audience/fans/viewing public? What would you like them to know about your work?
I do not have expectations of my viewers. I assume that they have expectations of me. I don't make work for others. I hope my viewing public relates to or can find something that resonates with their own life, but I make work because I am an artist and feel that is what I need to do for myself. I have found that people often come to art with agendas, hopes, and fears. I only hope that they can take away something that resonates with them, something that someday will emerge in a thought or conversation, prompting them to remember the work or their experience of my work.
My work starts randomly, but it is finished with intention. It is, for the most part, narrative.
4. Marcel Duchamp said - "Enough with retinal art!" What is your reaction as an artist to this statement?
The visual is only once aspect of art, and I have long felt that I need to engage the viewer on multiple sensory levels - smell being current favorite- to really experience the work. If Duchamp is suggesting that art has moved beyond the canvas or 2-D images he is placing his own limitations on the definition of what constitutes art. I would hope as artists explore and engage in multiple disciplinary art practices that they are not limited to 2-D art, but that it is not discounted simply because it is 2-D.
5. Do you think that there is still room for art movements in today's pluralistic climate?
6. What is one question you wished we had asked you about your art? Please feel free to answer it.
It would have been a question regarding my use of materials that directly relate to the narrative in my work. I am currently making pigments out of plants and soil, rocks etc.. and using this in the work. Sometime I have directly embedded plant pigments into the work and created images based on those. I go back and forth between making the sculptural pieces and the work on paper- each informs and enhances the other and together they begin to make sense and create the narrative I am interested in. I have a show opening at the Hillyer Art Space on Aug. 6th that will have both the sculpture and the work on paper in the same space, and that is exciting for me. Often a gallery is interested in one or the other, but this is a great opportunity for me to show both. I am excited to see how they work together in a fairly intimate space.