Thoughts from UNcurated #001 artists

We want to be sure that we are also spreading inspiration by sharing what others are going through and how they are adapting their practice and navigating today’s “norm.”
Below our current exhibition artists share some thoughts on how their artistic practice has shifted.

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also gallery: How are you working to stay creating during these times?

 

Mmaatt: Lately I’ve been working  while listening to documentaries or podcasts. Ranging from nature, science to history and myth. Learning new things keeps me inspired in these weird times.


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also gallery: “What is the most important thing for your that people take away from your work – especially now that many are turning to art during these times?”

 

Dustyn Bork: “Since the recent changes with how we live and interact, my practice has also been impacted. I teach and my college studio classes have moved online. I’ve tried to turn this in to a teaching opportunity and how to make the most of unusual circumstances. In printmaking for instance, most students won’t have access to a press after graduation. So by showing them how to simpler alternative DIY processes might actually help their general practice post graduation. I’m taking the same lessons to heart in my practice. I have been working on smaller projects and using my home as a studio. I’ve been working on a series of collages, recycling older failed paintings and cutting them up. These new juxtapositions also reference domestic architecture and floor plans, so in a way they are directly and indirectly influenced by the current situation. My work generally focuses on architecture and the constructed environment.

With this new collage series [I am currently working on], tentatively titled ‘shelter in place,’  I am considering how we respond to and relate to domestic places. They resemble floor plans and abstractly think about the psychology of space.”

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also gallery: “What is the most important thing for your that people take away from your work – especially now that many are turning to art during these times?”

Lucia Riffel:The most important thing people take away from my work (especially true right now!) is a sense of calm, stillness, and contentment. A lot of my work revolves around finding peace in our inner worlds, and that just so happens to be even more necessary than usual right now. At the very least, I hope my videos can serve as a brief escape into a more meditative moment and place.”


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also gallery: “How are you working to stay creating during these times?”

Wild bird brainz: “I’ve been working to stay creative in two main ways. The first is reworking my space. I realized my home space was not conducive to creating for me. Since I’m largely nomadic I’ve always created on the go or in a temporary environment. These days I’m staying in one place so I had to go through past art and clear out clutter and old projects that have fallen to the wayside. Having a positive space that I feel free in is a great way to stay inspired. The second is moving my body everyday. I’m currently unemployed as I work in the theatre industry as a Scenic Artist. It is a pretty physical job and being out of work I’m sitting still a lot more. I try to practice yoga and go on walks every day to keep the creative juices flowing. If I keep my body moving, my mind and ideas keep moving as well.”


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also gallery: “How has your work been influenced by the social and political state we are currently experiencing?”

Lauren Brady: “My recent work from the last few weeks has been a source of solace and a way for me to process what is happening in our country and world with the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve given myself the prompt to make a small work (8”x10” or smaller) each day that is based on my new “normal”—looking out the window, objects found while taking walks, and documenting daily events. Because of the inundation of news updates, I’ve been aimless and struggled to focus in the studio. The ritual of making a small work a day has become a form of mediation. I pause, I reflect, I paint.”

 


View UNcurated #001 here.

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