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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.

Peggy Ahwesh: Woe Men - Keep Going

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Your name/ age:

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Trailer for the Other Cinema Release Xperimental Eros with work by Lewis Klahr, Peggy Ahwesh, Mark Street, Tom Palazzolo, Naomi Uman, Thomas Draschan & Stella Friedrichs, Julia Ostertag, Jeff Krulik, and Oscar Perez. See http://www.othercinemadvd.com/xe.html for more info
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What’s your favorite color:

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What’s your favorite place:

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Name three of your favorite books:

On Longing, Susan Stewart

Stupidity, Anital Donell

Artificial Darkness, Noam Elcott

Which artists inspire you:

Harun Fanocki for one—brilliant cultural soothsayer who could reveal the worship of technology, the state, social control and violence in a deeply humane way.

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Peggy Ahwesh, Martina’s Playhouse, 1989, video still.

What is an artist: Good question! Just went to see the Hilma af Klimt show at the Guggenheim and she and her life’s work complicates that question, as do other conjurers and mystics, in a very interesting way.

What is art: It can be what you see out of your window if you are observant or something made out of nothing if you have marks on a blank sheet of paper.

Tears of Eros, a lexicon in the style of Georges Bataille by Peggy Ahwesh.

Tears of Eros, a lexicon in the style of Georges Bataille by Peggy Ahwesh.

How do you identify as an artist:

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

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What are key elements or constants in your practice:

Messing around with photographs, juxtapositions of media elements, women’s perspectives, play, the uncanny, research, outsider art, and documents of travel and adventure.

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Peggy Ahwesh, The Star Eaters, 2003, video still.

What are your current interests as an artist:

Microminiatures I’m currently working on a video installation about the political landscape of Kansas with lots of aerial shots and emphasis on places where significant things happened to ordinary people with lots of amazing outsider art documentation

*portraits of strangers

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What do you see as the value of art:

The way/power art has to make an argument or invite thought indirectly.

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What is your greatest challenge as an artist:

Focus and letting myself so deep in for inspiration and lately confidence. (I gotta get off social media!)

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Peggy Ahwesh, The Color of Love, 1994, video still.

What has been a victory for you as an artist:

Having my old work from the 70’s and 80’s remain in circulation and of interest within current discourses and the younger generations.

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Peggy Ahwesh, The Vision Machine, 1997, film still.

Portrait of the artist

Portrait of the artist

What’s next for you as an artist:

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Mary MacGill: Seeing Light in Stone

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Your name/age:

Mary / 30


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I live in Tivoli/Clermont and work in Germantown

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What brought you to where you live:

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Space! Light! Trees! Water! People! Dogs!


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It was blue for a long time...

I'm turning green though.

 
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What's your favorite place:

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Name three of your favorite books:

The Ice Palace, Tarjei Vesaas

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

Which artists inspire you:

My mother, her ability to make work about home

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What is an artist:

Someone who takes their time thinking about the world/ her surroundings

and expresses ideas by making something

What is art:

that something.

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How do you identify as an artist:

When I see stones,

I can't help but want to make something out of them,

like I don't have a choice.

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

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Kazuko Oshima- My Mentor- showed me

that I could make jewelry with just my hands and a few other tools.

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The last of the stones that started the business. Precious. Tourmaline: promotes inspiration and happiness, reducing fear, and building self-confidence.

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What are key elements or constants in your practice:

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What are your current interests as an artist:

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I'm trying to figure out how to expand

my "Woven" series into lighting.

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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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also being a business person

 
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What has been a victory for you as an artist:

Cultivating the most wonderful/dynamic group of women as a result of what I do.

 
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What's next for you as an artist:

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Setting aside more time... 

to be alone

to be light

Discover more about Mary, her jewelry, and her shop here: https://www.marymacgill.com/

 

Caroline Wilder: Hands in the Soil, Hands in the Clouds

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Caroline Wilder

almost 30



Where do you live/work:

Mostly with my partner in Tivoli, but also my family farm at Montgomery Place.

I work in a little garage-turned-studio attached to a barn there.


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What brought you to where you live:

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I was born here

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What’s your favorite color:

indigo

rose gold too.

and cream

 
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What’s your favorite place:

Deep in the apple orchard at dusk late September, early October

Also my aunt’s home in Munich, Germany

 
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Name three of your favorite books:

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver

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Which artists inspire you:

Lina Schynins, simplicity, intimacy, vulnerability

Sophie Leemyer, capsulizes my dreams, nightmares, imagination

Kiki Smith, use of nature

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What is an artist:

Someone who makes you feel.

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What is art:

Something that makes you feel.

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How do you identify as an artist:

Hearing how people feel wearing Idunn. Also, if I’m not creating, I feel dead. That’s a little dramatic, but true.




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

All of the women who I worked with and therefore raised me (mostly my mom).

I was so lucky to grow up around such special breed of woman: so hard-working, creative, beautiful, sensual. Hands in the soil, hands in the clouds. Dreamers and doers.

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What are key elements or constants in you practice:

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!Linen!

Looser fitting, longer silhouettes that drape in a flattering way on different bodies.

 
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What are your current interest and inquiries as an artist:

Trying to do less better.

Also, I have been considering/ruminating on this quote by architect Lina Bo Bardi:

“We need a world of consumption in resonance with our hearts.”

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What do you see as the value of art:

Natural way to alter your mood.

to unearth something, shine a light on it. .Catharsis.

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What is your greatest challenge as an artist:

Being my own boss. Homing in on any one medium.

Putting a price on it so it can be attainable to who I am making it for but also afford me a living. wage.




What has been a victory for you as an artist:

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Seeing the women I look up to wearing Idunn.

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What’s next for you as an artist:

Getting back to the sewing machine.

I had help with production this year and feel like I really missed out.

My design process happens when I sew.

 

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

 

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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.

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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

 

Brece Honeycutt: Shades of Blue, Early Fuchsia, and Sharp New Greens of Spring

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On a sunny day with ice still underfoot and tulsi tea in hand, we wandered and mused on flower names, process, and Emily Dickinson with artist Brece Honeycutt in her Sheffiled barn studio.

In her own words...

 

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Shades of blue, as well as the early fuchsia and sharp new greens of spring

Shades of blue, as well as the early fuchsia and sharp new greens of spring

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  1. The Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by R.W. Franklin
  2. An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster
  3. The Paper Garden: An Artist [Begins her Life's Work] at 72, Molly Peacock
A few favorite reads...

A few favorite reads...

Artists that Inspire:

Patience Gray for the way she lived off, for, and by the land.

 Lois Dodd for her color, her observations, and her flowers.

Susan Howe for her archival mastering, Dickinson delving, and poetry building.

Mary Oliver for reminding us "to pay attention, that is our endless and proper work.

What is an artist? A maker.

What is an artist? One that looks at the world and wants to question, enhance, posit, educate, and better.

What is art? Actions taken. Objects made. Thoughts considered and pursued.

             

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How do you identify as an artist?

Finding facts and bringing them to the fore.

Finding joy in making with my hands.

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On the constants in her practice: research, the natural world, and the realm of women's work.

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On the value of art: Awareness. Joy. Pathways of exploration.

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What is your greatest challenge as an artist?

To be current, both in step and out of step with the world.

What has been a victory for you as an artist?

When the circle is completed.

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It is a whole life... When the circle is completed.

 

Words and handwriting, Brece Honeycutt. 2018.

*She is leading a wildflower walk at Bartholomew’s Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield MA Sunday May 13 at 3pm

NOT TO BE MISSED