Gail Spaien on growing up with parents who loved art & culture, drawing inspiration from early American portraiture & the Hudson River Landscape painters, working through the stages of the creative process, & evoking a feeling of suspended time.
Diana Cheren Nygren on transitioning from art history to fine art, managing multiple, discreet projects in development, drawing inspiration from both contemporary pop art & photography, & a continously evolving approach to image making.
Stas Orlovski discusses childhood memories of turbulent times, drawing as a way to process new experiences, shifting to more autobiographical work, & processing an image through a variety of materials, methods and techniques.
Rachel Cox on the shared experience of quarantining in one’s home as an inspiration for new work, working on multiple distinctive projects at once, a transformational approach to making new images, & organizing a productive studio practice.
Jason DeMarte on a longstanding interest in making & the natural world, early experiences with photography, responding to the work of Martin Johnson Heade, & a practice that evolves from project to project.
Elisabeth Ajtay discusses an early desire to document that which was left behind, a current phase of introspection & thinking, new work derived from an experience as an artist, a migrant & a nomad, & research as a basis for highly conceptual work.
Naomi Nakazato discusses early memories of visiting art museums, how momentary places of ritual can simultaneously tether one’s self to place, as well as dissolve imposed orientations, & allowing onself to be more porous and open to disruptions.
Ryan Wilde on costume & its ability to communicate identity, a practice centered on millinery, maintaining a constant conversation between art & fashion, & using contemporary trends to build on top of classic ideas.
Emma Fineman discusses making work that addresses the notion of falsehood as it relates to contemporary events, the state of culture today, finding common ground & adapting a studio practice to contrasting environments.