100 Creatives

43: Saskia Jorda

Saskia Jorda was born in Caracas, Venezuela and works with site-specific installations, drawings, and performances that "map the tension between retaining one's identity and assimilating a foreign persona."

Her artwork has been featured locally and internationally -- but she'll tell you all about her maps and nest made out of 100 pairs of sewn and stretched white pantyhose after the jump ...

1.List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined):
- A yarn ball
- An old urban planning map of Caracas
- A swatch of industrial felt
- A wooden shoe form
- Chocolate (any kind except with peanut butter)

2.What's your last big project?
My last large-scale, site-specific installation took place last year at the Haidian Theater in Beijing, China; a collaborative project with fashion designer Galina Mihaleva and choreographer Shouze Ma. I installed a large nest made of 100 pairs of sewn and stretched white pantyhose, from which the dancers emerged in the opening scene.

3. What's your next big project?
I have two big projects coming up in Tempe and Phoenix opening this fall. The first will be part of the "Open for Business" project at the ASU Art Museum, in collaboration with a local business; a two-part installation, capturing a collective portrait through the use of footprints.
The second large project will be a solo exhibit at Modified Arts in November, where I will make a suspended installation mapping emotional and physical displacement.

4.Why do you do what you do?

Making art is both ritual and penitence. It's a selfish and absurd need that keeps me from going insane.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
I love cooking. The kitchen is my second studio.

(And, if you're game, what's something you really don't want Phoenix
to know about you?)

I still don't understand Daylight Savings Time. And I find the idea of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches appalling.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

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Claire Lawton
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