We asked her to describe herself through 3 statements/anecdotes, and here it goes:
1. Saying yes & moving on
My artistic development, and any artistic development, is fueled by action.
My first large projects were made possible by friends offering opportunities. It was a matter of choosing my priorities and saying yes to working late nights painting instead of going to a bar. I chose to create a working environment where I could be productive and also have fun. The best parties happen when there is something to celebrate!
The « Underground » mural in Boston from 2008 was my first big commission. My friend Maria Molteni and I spent one month in 2008 going to the skate ramp everyday and sometimes sleeping there until it was finished. It was torn down 3 months later.
« Learning to let go clears your head and your heart to allow room to focus on new projects. »
Part of « saying yes » is also committing to learning new things.
« Collaborations are often experimental and can trigger surprising new ideas »
Pushing beyond my comfort is exciting because it is challenging and it is always more approachable and fun if done with friends! While working on a large installation my friend Holli and I were invited to collaborate on a performance for video-something we have both never officially done. We felt a great connection with the two video artists we had just met and just said yes. There was no heavy planning, we decided on a date, some materials and shot the whole thing one Saturday afternoon. The artists PvonK put a lot of time into editing the video for a larger project. I am not quite sure how this will effect my work, but I’m sure it has influenced my artistic process.
3. Exploring Alone
« Putting myself in a foreign environment is a great way to find inspiration »
When I feel stuck or bored I explore by wandering aimlessly, going to a new bar, taking my bike to work instead of the metro, or traveling to a different country. I always end up finding something beautiful, bizarre or funny.
Autumn joined KSAT during Fall 2012, she will present an installation that deals with space and perception during our KSAT CAMP#1 on December 15th! Exciting!