"I choose to obscure the faces, almost as if they are melting in and out of the background. This is a reflection on how my self identity has at times been at risk of being lost through the many transitions in my life that I have experienced”
Chelsea A. Flowers is an artist who holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2017), and a BFA from Denison University with a concentration in Black Studies (2013). In this interview she speaks to Masha Vlasova about making politically charged work, the joys and struggles of making autobiographical work, and practical advice for artists.
Nora Arrieta graduated with an MFA degree in Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In this inteview, she goes in depth on her process and recent work with guest juror, Alice Bonnot, a London-based curator and art consultant.
Jasmine Zelaya is an artist based in Houston, TX who received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2018 her painting “Twins” was displayed on the Main Street Marquee, a billboard- sized installation displayed on the exterior of the Main Street Market building in Downtown Houston. In this interview, she’s questioned by guest juror Erika B Hess who is a painter and the founder of the podcast, I Like Your Work.
Based in Lisbon, Portugal, PADA is an artist and curators dream come true. From inside a reclaimed industrial park dating back to 1885, PADA promotes interaction between national and international artists, the local community and surrounding region through their residency, studio & gallery programs.
Alice Bonnot is an independent curator and art consultant based in London. In this interview Ty Bishop and Alice discuss her new exhibition Out of Office at PADA in Lisbon, Portugal and her practice as a curator and consultant.
Friend of The Artist is pleased to celebrate the launch of Volume 9, an art book that puts together some of the top emerging artists from around the world. Artists selected are from the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, and South Korea and work in a variety of mediums including painting, performance, and sculpture. We believe that emerging artist should be taken seriously, and this volume provides context to their work and background to their work.
Gracelee Lawrence is a New York based artist, receiving her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Texas at Austin. In this interview she speaks to Vanessa Murrell of DATEAGLE ART about how residencies have impacted her work, the play of digital and physical in her process, and her unique approach to sculpture.
Hanna Vogel is an artist, writer, and educator living in Philadelphia, PA. In this interview, Hanna speaks to Justin Archer about the influences behind her installation based works, development as an artist, and the impact of writing.
Brian DePauli is an artist from St. Louis currently working in Asia. In this interview, he goes in depth with the guest juror, Bethanie Irons, about his BBQ Party series and his development as an artist.
Mychaelyn Michalec is a Dayton, OH based painter who depicts ultramodern scenes of domestic life. In this interview, she speaks to guest juror Martin Mayorga of DATEAGLE ART about the influences in her work, what it’s like being an artist in Dayton, OH, and how she utilizes Instagram.
Elise Thomas received an MFA from Florida State University and is relocating her practice from Tallahassee, Florida to Brooklyn, NY in February 2019. In this interview, she speaks to guest juror Taylor O. Thomas about her interest in nostalgia, use of non traditional material, and how she investigates the human psyche through color and plasticity.
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann is a Washington DC area painter who received her BA from Brown University and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In this interview she speaks to Ty Bishop, Publisher of Friend of The Artist, about her studio practice, recent installation at the Facebook Washington DC, and gives advice to emerging artists.
Liam Fallon was born in 1995 in Stoke on Trent and lives and works in Manchester. He graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2017, winning second place (the Lim Ai Fang prize) in the Woon Foundation Prize 2017 as well as winning the Alumni Prize and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts prize.
Bradley Kerl is a Houston, TX based painter interested in interpreting and describing the world around him through paint. He received his MFA from The University of Houston, and will be an artist-in-residence at Villa Lena in Italy during October 2018.
“I am more concerned with the final product and the experience the viewer will have standing in from of the pieces. I aim to disrupt how the viewer thinks of the photograph and how the 3D shapes are altered by adding photographs to the surfaces.”
Bethanie Irons is a painter and digital artist living and working in Columbia, Missouri. She earned her MFA from the University of Missouri and is currently pursuing a PhD in art education. She is the curator of PLEAT Gallery, an online gallery space. Interview is between Bethanie Irons and Ty Bishop.
I’m authentically trying to make beautiful things out of these dark topics. I feel that in some ways beauty is subversive. Sentimentality is subversive. It’s so bad and something you don’t do in the art world. I’m interested in those things and try to use them to my benefit to pull the viewer in.
As roles and responsibilities become blended and integrated for artists, galleries, and institutions in the art world, artists are expected to take a more proactive approach to become involved and market themselves. As an artist you are more likely to have interest by making yourself fully accessible; building networks and interacting with your audience is key.
In my series No Unsacred Places, I photographed the backs of strip malls. I was attracted by how these places existed as objects. They have a certain monolithic beauty when viewed from behind, where there is no signage visible