“Get Together and do Artwork and Instrumental” by Donna Sherley
Hey there listeners!
This is the last episode in my series on StudioWorks.
You know, I saw so many familiar friendly faces at the ‘Reflections’ opening last week. Many of which were StudioWorks artists, the staff, as well as outside creatives…I had such a wonderful time. That exhibition seem to bring so many people together, much like StudioWorks itself. It was a diverse environment, and something I’d love to see on a larger scale.
To say the least, I enjoyed working on this series so much and I hope to revisit it in the future as they grow and expand. I just want to everyone at StudioWorks.
A page from a book repurposed by Donna.
My guest today is Donna Sherley. Donna’s art consists of vibrantly colored paintings and illustrations with a upbeat flair. Other mediums she has explored is paper weaving, clay, and found objects such as the repurposing of old books.
Donna has been with StudioWorks for a long time and enjoys her work there. StudioWorks helps her expand upon her skills as well as give her connections to other parts of Louisville’s art community. She hopes to soon land an arts related job.
You can learn more about Donna’s work from her blog or Zoom Group’s webpage.
I feel as an artist, you’re always trying to push your materials (and yourself) to their limits. And of course, this is where the creativity comes in handy; using what you have available to reach as close as you can to your visualized goals. As technology progresses and makes certain mediums more accessible this becomes easier. I believe that the surprises that come while reaching for your ‘vision’ are more interesting than the original idea.
These are some ideas discussed in the opening of my chat with Sophia Gordon.
Sophia is a Louisville native who graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film & Television Production. She enjoys experimenting with various mediums and different ways of mixing them. This kind of creative mentality stems from her experiences making zines when she was younger. The very collaborative, cut & paste, and DIY nature of zine creation stayed with her. Zine creation, going back to what I said above, also teaches you to use what you have on hand wisely.
Her collaborative experiments continue in her current work with her films, photography, visual art, and her performance art duo RabbitxRabbit.
Listen in to our conversation below, or subscribe through iTunes. We talk Oblique Strategies, I get too excited about getting the Frankenstein reference, and hear some of the improvised music from her duo (the closing track really has a Popol Vuh kind of feel. I love it!)
This week’s creator is Benjamin Cook. Ben graduated with a degree in painting from the University of Louisville, but has expanded his horizons due to feelings of limitation with the traditional form of paint/canvas work. He works through his love/hate relationship with technology and the changing climate of how art is consumed, in interesting way.
Be sure to listen in on Wednesday, to get a clearer idea about this new and innovated artist.