Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 47. Constance McBride.
Time inspires Constance McBride.
When the sculptor lived on the East Coast, she says, she had a tough time finding her voice and figuring out her aesthetic. "Now after being here 12 years," she says. "I've come to realize that this gorgeous Southwest desert I live in is another significant influence on the work and it seems to have really tied things together for me," McBride says. "The effects time has on our bodies and my evolving emotions concerning them are what drive the direction of my work."
McBride is a member of Roosevelt Row gallery Eye Lounge, where she recently wrapped up her first year and her first solo exhibition "Timescapes," and she serves as chair of the Arizona Artists Guild Sculptors' Group. As 2015 marks Eye Lounge's 15-year anniversary, she says she's gearing up for a themed group show at Chandler's Vision Gallery and that she will curate Eye Lounge's member group show for next year's Art Detour.
"I am also continuing work on The Lonely Girls Project which I began in 2012 (prompted by my mother's experience with Alzheimer's disease)," McBride says. "I am expanding the project to add more figures as well as a larger scale suspension element and an expanded audio element. I am also collaborating with my sister, a poet, on a book about the series. Our draft plan includes images of the original seven Lonely Girls sculptures, seven poems and seven drawings."
I came to Phoenix with a truckload of furniture and other stuff from Philadelphia (PA) that I quickly discovered didn't fit the new lifestyle my husband and I wanted to create here. That was in 2002. I've been recycling my old stuff out ever since.
I make art because it feeds my soul. I was hungry for quite awhile; I worked in the corporate world for a really long time. There wasn't a lot of soul nourishment going on for me in that world but I'm lucky. Since 2008, I've been able to devote a lot more of my time to happily making art.
I'm most productive when I am excited with a lot of ideas in my head, when I am collaborating with other artists and when deadlines are looming.
My inspiration wall is full of works of other artists; posters, magazine covers and articles, and torn out images of anything that gives me an idea I want to explore more.
I've learned most from my failures. Following each failure, I've learned by having patience, being persistent, and never giving up. I've learned these qualities from my father, my mother, my husband, my children, and my dogs.
Good work should always be the end goal. It should always be the best I can do.
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The Phoenix creative scene could use more artists, curators, critics, patrons, sponsors, collectors, educators, visionaries, entrepreneurs, and competent political leaders; the more the merrier. I remember when Richard Florida came here to give a talk related to his "creative class" book at the Orpheum Theatre. My husband and I went to hear him. It was late 2003; I'd only been here a little over a year then. I didn't know a lot about Phoenix yet but I did know it wasn't anything like the city I grew up in. Phoenix has come a long way since then and with new funding and new plans being approved, it seems there is a strong drive and commitment to making a vibrant, urban downtown work. We are on the verge now and it's an exciting place to be. I really like that I am contributing to the effort by showing my work in downtown Phoenix.
See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:
100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick