I work at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and have interest in being an all around cheerleader for the visual arts in St. Louis.
What are some of the things you do to keep yourself creative?
I get out to art openings and concerts- both visual and audio stimulations are neccessary for me to formulate new ideas. I require hearing wonderful lyrics to motivate my own poetry and quiet beats to keep my hands in rhythm.
Please describe your creative process: how you create, when, where, with what materials…
I am drawn to unusual materials to help my creative process. I enjoy things that look very out of control and organic. I also view my creative process as a series of experiments where I create, observe, and re-create in order to improve the original work.
Name your top five: musicians, books, movies, websites, artists… (provide a link to websites or artists websites if at all possible)
Currently Andrew Bird’s lyrics are a huge inspiration. I also enjoy reading books that deal with the historical relevance of museums and methods of displaying our visual culture. I have formed a new connection to the work of Marcel Duchamp upon a recent trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I have a love of all the movies created by Darren Aronofsky, most recently The Wrestler.
Could you do your art without an audience? How important is feedback?
I require the viewer, often the work is participatory in nature. I have created works that needed the viewer’s observations of small growing experiments in order to produce later exhibitions- so on occasion there might be no work if it were not for the viewer and his or her feedback.
When a simple strand of thread is knotted, stitched or woven into art, you know that the touch of an artist's hand has transformed the simple to the sublime. Innovation in Textiles 8, coordinated by the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO and presented biennially, investigates contemporary fiber art. This fall, more than 20 local galleries, non-profit and private arts organizations will collaborate to showcase textile arts, guest lecturers, fiber centered workshops and programs, free of charge. This biennial, collaborative exhibition will focusing on a wide range of materials and techniques; soft yarns woven into tapestries, shaped and dyed shibori wearables, paper stitched with horse hair, fusions of glass and fiber and quilts whose colors rival the palettes of the Old Masters. The exhibits, lectures and workshops will demonstrate how a single strand of thread is transformed, through process, manipulation and its materiality, to a complex and sublime work of art.