Multidisciplinary Art

Katie Ford: Ways of Seeing, However Undefined

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Your name/age:

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What brought you to where you live:

I'm from the Midwest and originally came to the Hudson Valley in 2010 for an internship. After some years away, the area pulled me back in 2016.

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What's your favorite color:

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What's your favorite place:

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Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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Name three of your favorite books:

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

Wanderlust, Rebeca Solnit

Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand, and Stars), Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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How do you identify as an artist:

I identify as an artist in that making artwork is the most expressive and self-aligning action I know.

it's both communication and necessary self-care.

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What was a pivotal project, person or experience that shaped your practice:

In 2011, I had one of my first residency experiences at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC. Being there kind of cracked my mind open about what a fully art-centered community could look like, and having that concentrated time showed me how much light and satisfaction I could feel in that.

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Image c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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What are key elements or constant in your practice:

My work tends to explore ideas around how emotions form landscapes that exist in parallel to our physical movements and experiences.

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What are your current interests and inquiries as an artist:

I'm currently very interested in the expressive qualities of color and light. I'm also finding my way back to 3D and installation work. It's exciting to shift between creating an experience on paper, then in space.

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What do you see as the value of art:

Art prompts new ways of seeing and considering.

It instigates and invites questions, however undefined.

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Which artists inspire you/ why:

So many! Two longtime inspirations are Ann Hamilton and Jessica Stockholder.

In different ways, they both transform spaces in unexpected ways, creating their own logic of objects + landscape.

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What is an artist:

I think Beth Pickens wrote that an artist is someone for whom making is necessary to sense of self. This really resonated with me.

it's a way of processing and translating the world.

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What's next for you as an artist:

I'm working on some small pieces that will be popping up at Minna (in Hudson) in May with Paige Simpson. I'm also in some planing for new projects out of Gleamer, my clothing side project. Otherwise, just excited to delve more into installation and object-making!

Images c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

Images c/o Anna Victoria (2019)

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What has been a victory for you as an artist:

An ongoing victory is simply having a studio practice that I trust and that consistently energizes me. Studio days are my best days, and it's rewarding to know where to find my center.

Lizzy Marshall: Self-Defined Editor in a Deep Atlantic Blue

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Your name / age: 

Lizzy Marshall / 35

Where do you live / work:  Kingston, NY

Where do you live / work:

Kingston, NY

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What brought you to where you live:

A job, but mostly a need for quiet

 
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What's your favorite place:

The Northern California Coastline

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Name three of your favorite books:

Radical Love, Fanny Howe

Eros the Bittersweet, Anne Carson

The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience, Ann Lauterbach

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Which artists inspire you:

Andre Masson, automatic, hallucingenic

Cy Twombly, force energy

RH Quaytman, her perfectionism

Mira Schor, politics in drawing

 

 

What is an artist:

someone who is self-defined.

What is art:

freedom

 

 

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How do you identify as an artist:

As an editor.

 
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What was a pivotal project, person, or experience that shaped your practice:

Amy Sullivan taught me about commitment and  I haven't let go since.

 

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What are key elements or constants in your practice:

Drawing Always. The figure/ human form.

What are your current interests and inquiries as an artist:

What role does color play in my paintings?  How do I create two different spaces of time in one painting.

                                                       

                                                        What do you see as the value of art:                          

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                                                  What is your greatest challenge as an artist:

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Rebecca Cosenza: That is, Makeshift and Mine

Joan Prepping for a Summer Party, Switzerland. Cyanotype, 2018.

Joan Prepping for a Summer Party, Switzerland. Cyanotype, 2018.

 

Steeped in sunlight on the first heatwave of the season, we descended upon Rebecca Cosenza's home studio in Germantown, NY; someone we know well, and get the pleasure of working with weekly at Instar. We found prints on coffee filters, alternative photographic prints, and all other sorts of treasures.  No surprise, except that perhaps giving an artist an opportunity to share their own words it's impossible not to be surprised!

In her own words ...

 
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My name is Rebecca Sienna Cosenza.

Three names.

Three syllables.

Each name has seven letters

And end in

The letter

A.

         

 What's your favorite color?

Earth pigments, those umberssiennas, and ochres

hazy grey-blue and the shades of amber at golden hour

 
A Cafe in Vienna. Manipulated CYMK Gum Print, 2018.

A Cafe in Vienna. Manipulated CYMK Gum Print, 2018.

Name three of your favorite books:

  1. Poetics of Relation, by Edouard Glissant

  2. Writing Women's Worlds, by Lila Abu-Lughod

  3. The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

 

Makeshift and Mine: Home Studio feat. Velvet Couch, Black Madonna, and a Cat named Baci

Makeshift and Mine: Home Studio feat. Velvet Couch, Black Madonna, and a Cat named Baci

Artists that Inspire:

Jenny Saville for her movement away, towards, and through beautiful bodies, 

and her memory of touch.

Carmen Amaya for her duende, her technique, and her pants.

 Njideka Akunyili Crosby for her process and storytelling.

 
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Stone Cutting, Backyard.

What is an artist?  

an interpreter,

a translator,

an educator at times.                                                                                                                    What is art?

Art is relation, in constant flux. 

Art is communication.

Art is translation between

idea and action,

material and object,

breathe and performance.

 

 
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How do you define yourself as an artist? 

As a biracial artist. A visual artist.  A dancer. A collaborator. I define myself as an artist through the objects I create, the dances I perform, the projects I am a part of, the communities I support. 

 
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In the Painting Studio, SRC

In the Painting Studio, SRC

What was a pivotal project that shaped your practice? 

My portrait series of Kichwa women I worked and studied with in Ecuador as part of a linguistic ethnographic field site. Questions spilled from this project on the ways in which art can be used to bear witness to and hold space for others. 

 

On the constants in her practice: process. process in iteration. process as shown through form. the processing of memory. the process of being in place, out of place, holding place for someone or something. memory. movement. body, be it body in movement, body as form, or the memory of bodies.

On the value of art: Art is inherently relational. Where there is art, there is reaction. Where there is reaction, there is disruption. Where there is disruption, there is openness and opportunity. It is in this space that art spills through borders and creates the context for something else to occur.

Study of Loie Fuller in Atlas Mountains. Carbon Print, Digital Negative from iphone photo of Atlas Mountains., 2018.

Study of Loie Fuller in Atlas Mountains. Carbon Print, Digital Negative from iphone photo of Atlas Mountains., 2018.

Layered Fabric with Gum Prints, 2018.

Layered Fabric with Gum Prints, 2018.

What is your greatest challenge as an artist?

 

At this stage in my career,

allowing myself to continually redefine

what my artistic practice looks like as

I move between different studio spaces, mediums, and time schedules

—and remembering that mindfulness is as valuable as object making in a sustainable practice.

Color Scene of Lausanne from a Moving Train Window, 2018

Color Scene of Lausanne from a Moving Train Window, 2018

What has been a victory for you as artist?

In the car, in-between, on the way. I find I always come and go with a tobacco box filled with thread and paper, my portable studio.

In the car, in-between, on the way. I find I always come and go with a tobacco box filled with thread and paper, my portable studio.

Claiming and proclaiming myself as an Artist

 

Katie Grove Studio

In the studio with artist Katie Grove, Rebekah Resident Artist

"This series, The Space Between Two Bridges, explores the push and pull between ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice’s passion for research, and the demands of being a wife and mother in the early 1900s. Her 1937 book, Studies in the Life History of the Song Sparrow, which culminates eight years of studying the minute details of  hundreds of  birds’ lives, provides a jumping off point for the series. It also illustrates her need to observe and record, her pure love of nature, and the struggle for balance between home and work. These themes come to the forefront in this installation as traditional feminine items (sewing machines, tape measure, etc) are overtaken by charts, words, and elements of Nice’s studies of the song sparrows. In The Meaning of the Nest, the pieces of a sparrow’s nest interwoven with Nice’s words are literally spilling out of a drawer, unable to be contained. In Measuring Hours, a quote from her autobiography describing her relentless dedication to research is transposed over and over on a tape measurer. Her need to study and record is so powerful that it is subtly emerging in all aspects of the feminine life. The combination of Nice’s writings, image transfers of her charts and maps, and antique items with my own drawings and creative interpretations results in an unconventional and whimsical biography of a female scientist who fundamentally shifted the field of ornithology with her work."  Katie Grove