We would like to wish all of our supporters a Happy New Year! This year has been great for Make Space as we’ve met so many great artists and formed new friendships and collaborations. Starting in the new year we aim to have more content such as interviews, studio visits and videos. This month alone we have some great conversations happening. Below are some of the conversations we’ve had this year with some pretty amazing artists.
Holly Murkerson, full post here.
“The photographs play with depth, through the camera and perspective, but are then restricted by its seemingly simple composition. We view and experience them as landscapes, though they are images of dust, a residue of our existence. These images transform into windows between the intimate/personal space and the outside world, a concept she continues to explore. The photographs present visual, conceptual and psychological dichotomies, requiring the viewer to fully engage.”
Barbara Jenkins (Wakefield), full post here.
“Humor in Barbara’s work is a coping mechanism more than anything else. The lightheartedness she takes on herself, her struggles and the relationships she draws from are relatable. We are laughing at ourselves more so when viewing her work. Also, she makes herself vulnerable for us and permits us to do the same. The darker and more serious undertones of the work are broken down by this humor, allowing the viewer to understand the deeper implications.”
Wyatt Grant, full post here.
Clare Rosean, full post here.
“My preferred medium is oil painting, but I have been doing less of that since I entered graduate school because it is so time consuming; if I were to dedicate myself wholly to painting, I would only produce probably 3-4 paintings per year. Ballpoint pen was another favorite, but it is not archival so I’ve sort of given that up. Right now I’m working a lot in graphite and ink. I’m not a big fan of ink or watercolor, but I’m trying to like them.”
Emily Nachison, full post here.
“A large part of my work is about mimicking natural life and death cycles – accumulation, cloning, dissolution, disintegration, and excretion – and what it means to mimic and represent the natural world. The process of making the sculptures is actually very similar. When I work I start with an initial structure built out of wood, cardboard, netting, etc. and then begin layering on paint, glue and additional pieces. The sculptures grow, build, and shift.”
Aimee Lusty, full post here.
“I am constantly sketching, cutting out imagery from books, and photocopying objects that inspire me. I don’t always end up using these right away but sometimes they’ll show up in a later work. My edition work (zines and books) are compiled of collections of my own drawings and collages. I like the idea that it comes around full circle and the work ends back in print where the sources were initially borrowed from.”
Matthew Schlagbaum, full post here.
“I try to manipulate my materials in a way that creates a dialogue between my personal narrative and a larger social construct. I often use found objects and easily recognizable materials in an attempt to create an accessible dialogue between the viewer and my work. My use of paint and other artificial surface treatments is an attempt to create works whose unapologetic flatness still carries a sense of depth, and where dimensionality appears to resemble pure surface.”
Emily Kozik, full post here.
“My geographical location has a huge impact on my work. It determines the materials I’m using based on what is available around me and what kind of landscape I will incorporate my work into. When I was in Ireland this summer, my work had more to do with lush green landscapes and the bay that was nearby, whereas when I am in Chicago, my work looks more at urban decay and how we exist in an urban environment. Location is super important and definitely shapes my work.”
Kate Bieschke, full post here.
Kate took an email interview and sent us back a video response!