(Full audio conversation below)
I was delighted to spend the afternoon with Sonia Corina Ruscoe the curator of our upcoming April exhibit, Tragic Instant. We sat down in the women's writing room and recorded what could be best described as a mash up of Oral History and casual conversation. Having recently attended Suzanne Snider's Oral History Winter School as a Community Fellow, I am eager to play with audio interviews and enamored with the ethos of Oral Histories, and of course have big OH future plans (give me a taste of something new and delightful and I'm gangbusters). Some definitive characteristics of Oral History Interviews, is there are no pre-scripted questions, and it is primarily an opportunity for the narrator (what OH calls the Interviewee) to share a part of their life story--and one other peculiarity is long pauses.
( I also want to suggest that if you have any interest or curiosity in Oral History, Suzanne is enrolling her Oral History Summer School program in Hudson, NY right now! It is hands down one of the best educational programs I have EVER engaged in! Inspiring is too small of a word.)
But, lets talk about SONIA!!! Sonia, approached me at Instar shortly following the presidential election with a beautiful and compelling project proposal, Tragic Instant. In it she spoke eloquently about the instants that change everything, with their pain, tragedy, confusion, comedy, the strangeness that emerges at once. She wanted to frame these quick cutting moments, giving us time as an audience to witness them.
In our conversation Sunday afternoon, I learned more about Sonia's artistic practice as a self-taught painter coming from a formal photography history, which she shares in her interview. She speaks of"more time" when creating, and what can happen when time is stretched, and how the slowing down of time is something she relishes about life upstate.
Listen to her interview (press that play button) and enjoy! View more of her work here! Come see her upcoming exhibit April 15th at Basilica Back Gallery, participate in the Sedar-Style dinner she's co-created, and join her and the group of 'Tragic Instant' artists for an in person closing conversation--learn more about everything 'Tragic Instant' here! And consider helping send her to her upcoming European residency and castle drawing experience here!