domenica 21 ottobre 2007

Interview with Ruth Waldman

q) When did you start to make art?

a)I began making art very early on, as a child. My mother tells me that when all of the other kids were using the color straight from the paint jar, I was mixing colors like mauve. At age nine, I was introduced to the Impressionists and tried my first oil painting in the style of Claude Monet. Needless to say, I was humbled by the experience.

q)Explain your inspiration?

a)What inspires me is the desire to communicate about emotional and psychological states; I use visual art to speak about my inner life. For this reason, I have been inspired by the work of the some of the surrealists and Hieronymus Bosch, all of whom worked with visual metaphors in this way. In particular, dichotomy, and the joining of opposing forces –such as male and female, angelic and diabolic, tragic and comic—has long been a theme in my work.

q) In what way does your inspiration transform into ideas?

a)I work intuitively, and often begin a drawing with a very loose mixed media sketch on mylar in which I establish a composition and the relationship between the entities in my drawings. Although my work is not figurative in the classical sense, the creatures I portray are animate and are, in many cases, stand-ins for humans. From the outset, I felt that although I wish to speak about the human condition, working purely figuratively was too literal. I look at natural and botanical life and illustrations, and incorporate this research into my work. I think it is a question of how the inspiration and ideas take on a visual form.

q) Could your ideas be portrayed in any other medium? If so which?

a)Absolutely - my ideas could be expressed in painting, sculpture, printmaking or animation. In fact, the body of drawings that I have been working on for the past five years grew out of a series of sculptures that explored similar themes. While the drawings portrayed tension, the sculptures were under actual tension. I have one these works on my website, (the last image in Portfolio One) shown alongside some drawings.
As for other media, I would very much like to see my drawings animated and would welcome a collaboration with someone in that field.

q) What does being an artist mean to you?

a)An artist has the unique opportunity to work with his or her mind, body and emotions. Few vocations call for this triad. The emotional life in particular has little importance in most professional situations. I believe that when an artist makes work that communicates on these three levels, the work is powerful and successful. The viewer will then appreciate and receive the work on these three levels as well.

q) When does your art become successful?

a)My work is successful when it communicates in the above fashion, and when the viewer comes away both with the meanings that I intended and some their own subjective interpretations. In my studio I feel that a work is going to be successful when beauty and meaning come together.

q) Who prices your work? And how is the price decided upon?

a)The pricing of my work is decided upon between myself and the gallery that is showing the work.

q) What is your next move, project, show etc?

a)I currently am working on a body of work that explores the themes of genesis, growth, transformation, decay and death. Next year some of this work will be part of a group show at the Rockland Center for the Arts in New York, and subsequently I hope to present it as a solo show at a commercial gallery.

q) What are the pros and cons of the art market?

a)The art market is one the forces that allows artists to make a living (or some money) from the sale of their work. This in turn allows many artists to devote themselves to their artistic practice. At the same time, artists often feel pressure to meet the demands of the market, which can compromise the authenticity of their work. When I go to the art fairs, it seems that too much of the work presented is following some trend or other, and truly unique works are hard to find.

q) Which pieces would you like to be remembered for?

a)I think I have yet to make the work that I want to be remember for. I hope to have a long career, and to continue to grow. Although an artist like Lee Bontecou was successful at a young age, I think her best work has been the recent body of sculpture that she has made in her “golden years.” That said, I have done a couple of large and ambitious (5 feet by 4 feet) drawings, which were artistic turning points. Overall, I would like to be remembered for the unique contribution that my body of work has made.

q) Who has been the biggest influence on you?

a)Artistically: Lee Bontecou, Martin Puryear, Heironymus Bosch, Louise Bourgeois, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso. In life: my family.

q)Other visual artists that you like…

a)Chuck Close, Matthew Ritchie, Michal Rovner, Time Hawkinson, Julia Randall, Julie Heffernan, Angie Drakopoulos, Paul Klee, Richard Deibenkorn, and Jenny Sayville, just to name a few.

q) How much do you think hype affects the public perception of what good art is?

a)Quite a lot. This is true for fashion too. One gallerist once lamented to me that too often collectors buy with their ears and not with their eyes. The public is very susceptible to marketing -- how else could there be so much support for George Bush? At the same time, “the public” is also skeptical of modern and contemporary art, even if it is has become popular. One often hears the refrain “my kid could do that.”

q) Last CD you downloaded ?

a)A CD of children’s songs in Spanish, for my one year old son….who is becoming bilingual.

q) What makes you happy?

a)Laughing with my son, a good dinner and conversation with friends, walking on the beach, dancing, swimming in any body of water, a quiet evening with my husband.

q) What makes you sad?

a)On a personal level, any struggle within the family unit. On a more global level – the senseless, daily deathtoll in Iraq and the struggle in Israel/Palestine, Darfur, etc. etc. etc. The fact that what I think makes the U.S. a great country is being torn asunder by power possessing creeps also makes me sad. Even sadder, is that I (and others) don’t often really feel anything about all of the suffering around the world, let alone about the suffering of our neighbor. Unless it affects us directly, we don’t usually take it in. So, one could say, that I regret the lack of my humanity from time to time.

q) Last book you read?

a)“A long way Gone” by Ishmael Beah. This was possibly the saddest book that I have ever read, and also very moving.

q) What else do like other than art?

a)Life is full of pleasures: traveling, cooking, dining, reading, swimming, making love, cultural outings.

q) Final thoughts...

a)We live in a time when technology can open up a world of possibilities. The internet in particular has really changed things. Personally, I am tickled that my work is able to reach people around the world in this way.

q)Your contacts

Website: or
Phone: 646-232-1048

venerdì 12 ottobre 2007

Interview with Angela Beloian

q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.

a)I live in Boulder, Colorado and have a studio back in a canyon near a creek. I also teach art at an alternative high school.

q)How would you describe your work?

a)My work has changed a lot over the years, but my current work is about looking at mass produced, decorator fabrics that are designed to go out of style. By starting with this fabric as the foundation of the work, I'm challenged to create art that goes beyond trends and is somehow more timeless.

q) Did somebody encourage you to become an artist?

a)Both of my parents are creative but chose more conventional careers than studio art. I think I inherited their artistic genes and because of their support was able to pursue my dreams of being a fine artist.

q) What is your favorite medium?

a)I like a lot of different mediums but somehow I keep returning to acrylic paint.

q) Can you describe your process, from the seed of an idea to a complete work?

a)The fabrics I sew together are the starting point for me. I like to choose pieces that fight one another. I then pour black ink over them to create the "skeleton" on which my painting will grow. Trying to find the relationships between the disparate patterns and the challenge to create a unified piece keeps me constantly engaged.

q) Generally speaking, where do your ideas come from?

a)The world around me.

q) How long does it take to complete a piece?

a)I hate this question, but people love to ask it! Every piece is different and I often work on more than one piece at a time, letting some sit unfinished in my studio for awhile before returning to them. Sometimes it's a linear process and sometimes it's very circuitous, so it's a hard question to answer.

q) Who are your favorite artists…and who are some artists you are currently looking/listening to?

a)Matisse, Picasso, Gary Hume, Tim Hawkinson, Matthew Ritchie.

q) Are you represented by a gallery? Do you have any upcoming exhibits?

a)I currently show with Karin Sanders Fine Art in Sag Harbor, New York and will be part of a group show opening in November. I also have ongoing exhibits with Exhibitrek in Boulder, Colorado; Artizen in Dallas, Texas; and Patou Fine Art in Dania Beach, Florida.

q) Do you have any 'studio rituals'? As in, do you listen to certain types of music while working? What helps to get you in the mood for working?

a)The drive through the canyon to my studio is a great entry into my practice. I also love listening to the sound of the creek outside my window.

q) What is your favorite a) taste, b) sound, c) sight, d) smell, and e) tactile sensation?

a)Chocolate, water, twilight, sauteing onions, bread dough.

q) Do you have goals that you are trying to reach as an artist, what is your 'drive'?

a)What would you like to accomplish in your 'profession'?
I love connecting to an audience through my work. It makes me feel connected to the world. So opportunities to show the work on a wide scale interest me.

q) When have you started using the internet and what role does this form of communication play for you, personally, for your art, and for your business?

a)I love the internet because it connects me to people all over the world. I have reached an audience via the web that would not have been possible 10 years ago. It amazes me.

q) What do you obsess over?

a)Contemporary art. Seeing it and making it.

q) Do you have prefered working hours? Do you pay attention to the time of the day or maybe specific lighting?

a)I have a young son, so I work whenever I can!
q) Do you do commissioned works?

q) Any tips for emerging artists?

a)Focus on the work first. Marketing second. Don't put the cart before the horse!

q)…Your contacts

a) Angela Beloian

lunedì 8 ottobre 2007

Interview with Peggy Van Reeth

q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.

a)I was born in 1971 in Tournai (northern Belgium). I studied Textile Design (1990-1994) at the Beaux-Arts de Tournai. At that time, I was working for a puppet theatre that's where I learned to sculpt. When I moved to Brussels I took sculpture and interior design classes. I did my first doll exhibit in 1994. I have been living in Brussels for twelve years now.

q)How would you describe your work?

a)They are sculptures/dolls. As I mentioned above, my work started with puppets. Later on I cut the strings. Now I put them in scenographic boxes or on a pedestal.

q) Did somebody encourage you to become an artist?

a) No, but I always wanted to study Arts and my parents let me follow my own path. I grew up seeing my grandfather and father fiddling in their workshop, one with wood, the other with iron. My mother used to make all my dresses, she would sew and knit all the time. I sort of mixed all that together!

q) What is your favorite medium?

a)Sculpture, sewing... I like to mix materials, recycle.. I like to use whatever I kind find.

q) Can you describe your process, from the seed of an idea to a complete work?

a)When I have an idea for a sculpture I try to create a coherent series from it. I work sometimes on more then 10 pieces simultaneously. Working from one piece to the next, with parts waiting to be put together. It's only at the end of the process that I actually see what it all adds up to.

q) Generally speaking, where do your ideas come from?

a)I like it when my sculptures/dolls are pretty, yet intriguing with something a little strange. The circus, freaks, siamese sisters are my favorite themes, but I also like to work on the passage of time, on the wearing away of things.... I like to wear materials down to the thread, to mere fiber.

q) How long does it take to complete a piece?

a)Because I am always working on more then one piece at a time it is hard to say. Once I have an idea, and once I have worked everything out in my head then my hands take over. I impose a daily schedule on myself and respect it. If necessary I can create ten sculptures/dolls in a months time.

q) Who are your favorite artists…and who are some artists you are currently looking/
listening to?

a)I am attracted to artists that had a life filled with passion and suffering.... Frieda Khalo, Camille Claudel, Colette... I also like Calder's circus, Joe Sorren and many others....Comic strip artists: Jurg, Mezzo, Blanquet....and many authors: Jim Thompson, Michael Guinsburg, Joe R. Lansdale, John Fante.... I don't go to many art exhibits but I do discover a lot through MySpace!

q) Are you represented by a gallery? Do you have any upcoming exhibits?

a)I am organizing with Arkel gallery in Brussels ( an exhibit that regroups eleven "adventure girls": ciou, fabesko, nicoz balboa, taga, marie noël dobys, ml productions, nancy van reeth, sisca locca, mdme gruiikk et sophitia... This will be showing until the 25th of november.
The Art de Rien gallery in Paris ( is actually showing my work. Another exhibit will be held in november with Ciou and Rosstabla at the Tribal Act Gallery in Paris (

q) Do you have any 'studio rituals'? As in, do you listen to certain types of music while working? What helps to get you in the mood for working?

a)I like to be alone, calm and not to be disturbed. Generally I turn on the radio, but I don't really listen to it, just as background noise.

q) What is your favorite a) taste, b) sound, c) sight, d) smell, and e) tactile sensation?

a)sweet and salty
//the wind
//white lines that airplanes leave behind in the sky
//the ones that remind you of something
//my 35 year old teddy bear
q) Do you have goals that you are trying to reach as an artist, what is your 'drive'? What would you like to accomplish in your 'profession'?

a) I try to always have new projects, that's my drive. I can't really say wether I have a goal or if I have to accomplish something... all I know is that I couldn't do anything else and I wouldn't want to.

q) When have you started using the internet and what role does this form of communication play for you, personally, for your art, and for your business?

a) I installed ASDL 2 months ago! Before this, I used the internet only for emails. Now, with MySpace, I get a lot more feedback on my work, sometimes even orders! I am realizing that there are a lot of things to discover! And I do spend a lot of my time at home, so it's a good thing!

q) What do you obsess over?

a) Loosing inspiration, desire...or getting both my hands cut off!
q) Do you have prefered working hours? Do you pay attention to the time of the day or maybe specific lighting?
a) As soon as I wake up I set up my workspace... I don't have specific hours for anything, I sometimes even forget to eat or dress. When daylight goes down, I put sculpture and painting aside and concentrate on drawing or researching new ideas. At night, I surf!

q) Do you do commissioned works?

a)For certain exhibits I adapt my work to the site, sometimes my dolls are more trashy, other times more nice and sweet. I also do personnalised orders for customers.

q) Any tips for emerging artists?

a) Keep your personality! Cut&paste is a dead-end road!

giovedì 4 ottobre 2007

Interview with Corrie Gregory

q)Let's start with the basics; what's your full name, where do you live, andhow old are you?

a)Corrie Gregory, North Hollywood California , 39 years old

q) Do you have any formal training?
a)Yes, I earned a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles
q) Did the place you grew up in influence your image making?

a)I grew up an only child with divorced parents – so much of my time was spent alone in my bedroom with books and stuffed animals and the television. These early comforts show up in my work time again.
Living in Los Angeles definitely influenced my art making, my mom loved adventure. and loved art, and Los Angeles has both. We spent time at the LA County Museum and driving all over the city to find ethnic foods. To this day I don't like to take the freeway, I love the surface streets seeing the neighborhoods change as you drive by. Looking at the window of a car is still one of my favorite things.

q) How do you come up with your concepts?

a)Sometimes they come from a story or a saying, sometimes it's from am image. It can be from a memory or an experience or a relationship. I usually have a central idea of theme for the series I'm working on.Once I have that idea floating in my head. I surround myself with visual imagery: old books, vintage greeting cards, toys, images I found in magazines or on-line. I find a central image and I do lots of sketching using that image as a reference but allowing for tweaking and modifying making the image mine. Once I am happy with the drawing I'll scan into my computer and re-size it. From there transfer it onto a wood panel or paper. Once it's placed I create a world for that character to inhabit.

q) Describe your creations in a clear, concise and understandable sentence.What do you call them?

a)I let other people decide what to call them

q) What other mediums would you like to explore in your image making?

a)I'm really interested in installations and making objects. I have been dreaming about sewing. I marvel at what people are making.

q) What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project? Is there

a)One, or is it more about the environment -- maybe the right mood?I can work anytime as long as there are incense, good tunes and a big cup of coffee.

q) What are your artistic influences? And .generally who or whatinfluences you the most?

a)Music, Nature, Memories, Stories.

q) Who are some of your favorite artists/designers/photographers?

a)Ed Kienholz, Maurice Sendak, Georganne Deen, Tom Knechtel, The Royal Art Lodge, Manuel Ocampo , Frida Kahlo

q) What is your next project ? Exhibition? Collaboration?

a)I have a friend with a letterpress – she does beautiful work – I hope to work with her on a project

q) What are your plans for the future?

a)Working in my studio as much as possible…And I'd like to make objects, taking some of the images from my paintings and creating objects. I'm going to North Carolina to hang out with my dad and learn how to carve in wax, I'm really excited about that.

q) Are there some web sites that You would like to recommend? Artists, artcommunities, xxx,!?

a) check this site everyday, it's got great coverage of Los Angeles Art scene) favorite music blog.

q) What sort of music do you listen to?
a)Music is very important to my process –I can't work with out tunes I've been listing to a lot of Laura Veirs, Bread, Joe Henry, Iron And Wine, Lady And Bird, Califone, and Neko Case. My day job is running an on-line record store called Miles of Music, so music is always playing.

q)Do you collect anything?If so what?
a)I collect old medical books, vintage greeting cards and children's books. I also collect old paper and documents especially medical/dental related.
q)What do you do for fun?

a)Work in my studio, take walks with my husband and my three dogs Miles Merlie and Satchel, read magazines and drink coffee.

q)Any advice you can pass onto aspiring artists/designers?

a)Don't listen to the voices, follow your heart.

q)Your contacts

lunedì 1 ottobre 2007

Interview with Andrej Mussa

ANDREJ MUSSA. " Writer of images. "
…He lives, works dreaming between Como and Milano.


a)Mine is a journey over time,started as a painter,then as an illustrator and comics maker,and eventually creative director.I've always loved illustrated stories,fairy tales,cartoons and now cinema.
Why not using a sequence or images to tell every day life?Thats how,little by little,building,shaping,reinventing news items together with comics,leterature,photography,the style I use to create my works was born....


a) If we study minute by minute our actions,our movements,our words,we realize we create a sequential stories every day.
Our stories are analyzed and sectioned.
I can affirm our lives are drawn and told as a cartoon..
My works can quietly be defined:SEQUENTIAL NOVELS


a)Today I explore all the mass media available,everything can give me imputs and inspiration...though the internet and news items are the ones that more than anything give me inspiration and material for my works


a)Illustrated stories,comics and cinema are my main source of inspiration,that today with news items as my inspiring muse allow me to create always new and different things.I consider W. Eisner and B. Bozzetto two masters of synthesis and narration,who are liable to tell a news item or a story with a few sequences.Synthesis is foundamental for not annoying and losing the reader.
I can affirm W. Disney and Kubrick are the greatest story tellers with the use of images of all times.the first ten minutes of Kubrick's 2001 space odissey are pure and absolute videoart.
With the introduction of sound I consider cinema the complete,total art! No way to go beyond.
Cinema contains every art,it's extraordinary how it can merge them together in order to create a unique,sublime work.
Space is its limit,the medium it expresses itself is still limited by a defined,closed space.but this unfortunately is the limit of art in general,it can't get out and communicate out of defined perhaps..yes! only music is liable to go beyond,to skim the doesn't need any space to express itself.