89: Mary Shindell
My practice of art is drawing-based. The making of marks intrigues me. Surface and texture are the elements of both drawing and printmaking that hold my attention. Like many artists, I have developed a vocabulary of marks that I employ when drawing. As I was seeking a method to assist in the design and production of large public art projects, I set about learning to draw digitally. The vector lines were so fluid and the potential for manipulation and combination so vast that I began devising ways to use the digital imagery in my studio work.
List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real)
1. My family.
2. This quote by David Foster Wallace: "The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day." These postcards:
3. Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec, figure, 1886-7.
4. Edgar Degas, Henri Degas and His Niece Lucie Degas, 1875-6.
5. Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943.
What was your last big project?
Amend, Amass, an installation at 515 gallery in January. It was challenging on so many levels because it was created digitally, which was new for me, and it involved incorporating LED light and optical fiber. It was fun.
What's your next big project?
My next big project is a show with three other artists scheduled for February 2011. It will be downtown and is different for me in that the evolution of the work will be a shared part of the experience for all of the artists and the viewers. The artists involved are opening up the conceptual and technical aspects of their work and documenting it as part of the exhibition.
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How much do you hate being asked what your next big project is?
I am just happy to have one to discuss.
What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?
I am lucky to make art in this amazing desert.
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