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BSDA Artist Interview: Noémie Jennifer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There is a new show on Buy Some Damn Art by Brooklyn artist Noémie Jennifer.

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KATE: You spent time at both Brown and RISD. Do you feel that either prepared you for your post-college life as an artist and creative person? If what what has?

NOÉMIE: Brown and RISD are great places to learn how to value, follow and theoretically carry out your ideas. But they didn’t do too much to prepare me for all the practical aspects of post-college life (I think maybe RISD does a little bit more of that, but I can’t speak to it as I was technically full-time at Brown and just took some classes at RISD on the side). All of that practical knowledge I gained afterward, often from people in totally different industries. I worked office jobs, then transitioned into self-employment, and from there finally feel like I have the right tools to transition into creative self-employment. But I’m not there yet and I still have a lot to learn.

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KATE: A few years ago your drawings were restrained, organic and calming. Today your work seems quite different-  bold, charged. The thin lines have been replaced by much heavier marks. Is there a link between these periods of work that viewers might not recognize?

NOÉMIE: I have so many paintings in my head right now that layer organic marks with bolder, more graphic marks, and I feel like both those strains of work are languages I want to learn in their own right before bringing them together.

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KATE: What role do the grids play in these works? How much is the process part of the final product?

NOÉMIE: Process is hugely important to me and it’s very transparent in these works. I can trace these back to their beginning pretty easily—they start and end with the grid (first in pencil, then in ink). So it’s a guide through the process, and then gets layered on top of everything else. I like how grids and patterns can go in and out of focus, how they both show things and hide them.

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KATE: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

NOÉMIE: Well…I think I could probably find a different way to answer that question at any given moment of the day! So I’ll go with what feels right as I’m writing this: it means that I get to spend several hours today thinking other than in words.

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Art Transformer Project in Providence, Rhode Island.

KATE: Can you tell us a bit about the Art Transformer Project?

NOÉMIE: Sure! I was living back in Providence for a few months when the city’s call for proposals went out. It was a while before I heard back (we are talking about city government here!) and I was eventually selected, as one of twelve artists, to paint electrical transformer boxes across the city. I painted my three boxes in over 90-degree heat in the summer of 2013, adapting paintings from my “Indexed” series to the 3D object. It was a step out of my comfort zone to work outside, as I’m usually very private when I’m working, but eventually I found interactions with passersby fun and rewarding. I would definitely do it again.

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Artist Crush: Mariko Wada

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mariko Wada was born in Osaka, Japan. She has lived in Denmark since 1998.

“In recent years her works have explored the role of ceramics in a reality that is largely mediated and virtual. The special physical qualities of ceramics allow her works to heighten the appreciation of object and space respectively; two basic human anchor points that are greatly subjected to mediatory influences. By using the organic plasticity and material immediacy of ceramics, she creates works that demand physical presence…

Clay is worked directly with the hands in an intensive process that often lasts hours and days. The slow, intense working process gives ceramic objects a special immediacy. The result is not an image, but concrete, physical objects that anchor the person in a ‘here and now’ of bodiliness and sensation.” – Louise Mazanti

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Artist Crush: Tim Hussey

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tim Hussey is a Los Angeles-based artist.

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Artist Crush: Patti Roberts-Pizzuto

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Patti Roberts-Pizzuto creates one-of-a-kind mixed media works on beautiful handmade paper. She works from her studio in South Dakota.

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Artist Crush: Susanna Bauer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Susanna Bauer is an artist originally from Germany living in Cornwall, in the UK. I discovered her ethereal, dreamy (for a minimalist like me) artwork from American Craft’s Bonus Issue.

“Although small in scale, each transformed leaf becomes an engaging miniature sculpture. It is hard to look at these pieces and not be mesmerized. The idea that something so small, fragile and insignificant as a leaf becomes the foundation of a sculpture challenges expectations and holds the viewer’s attention.” – Scott Rothstein, Hand/Eye magazine

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