F402i INTRODUCTIONS

F402i Developing Practice: Independent Study Intensive
May 8, 2020 — June 5, 2020

Professor Melissa Staiger

Please make yourself familiar with the online classroom.  Before friday, 01 May 2020, please answer the following questions in the online classroom:

– What are you reading?
– What do you usually listen to when you are working in the studio?
– Who is your artistic soulmate? (who inspires you time-and-time-again, who are you
always excited by — could be a painter, dancer, writer, actor, etc.?)
– What’s the best meal you cooked this week?
– Please provide an image of yourself.
– Please share an image of your workspace.

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  • Jessica Reisch: Hi, everyone! So sorry for the delay in my response. – What...
  • emma davis: What are you reading? lots of options, I buy more than i...
  • doris brautigan: Hello, the is Doris Brautigan in Brooklyn. Reading: Not much long form,...
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vlado
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vlado
5 May 2020 10:12am

Hi everyone, here’s a bit about myself:

• current books – I’m re-reading some comfort favorites, including David Sedaris – “Naked”, Augusten Burroughs – “Running with Scissors”, and Jeannette Walls – “The Glass Castle”. I also started and dropped “A Little Life” numerous times over the past year, but ultimately found it a little too much to get into, so now I’ve decided to give it a go as an audiobook as I work.

• I usually listen to either the Romantics (Debussy, Fauré, Chopin, Saint-Saëns) or obscure techno (Aphex Twin’s “Melodies from Mars”). Recently also audiobooks, which I used to mock my mother-in-law for doing.

• Couple of creatives I always find inspiring: Miuccia Prada – for her intellectual approach to fashion and her ability to transform ugly (color, pattern) into highly appealing; Milton Avery – for his color sense and composition; Joseph Dirand – for his restrained, minimal interiors, which marry classical elements, clean lines, and a richness of materials; David Sedaris – for his acute observation skills and sharp wit, and his storytelling ability with the mundane; Sol LeWitt – for his prolific work and methodical, rule-based approach to his art.

• My 12yo made an amazing tamale pie the other day, which was a hit. Also our famous dry-rubbed baby back ribs with Bulgarian potato salad.

• Don’t really like taking photos, as evidenced by this one my sister-in-law took of me against my will 😛

• I’ve taken over our guest room as my studio because it gets wonderful light throughout the day, and is the one place in the house that can be even remotely quiet for any period of time.

Look forward to spending time with you all and staying creative!
Vlado

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doris brautigan
Artist
doris brautigan
8 May 2020 10:21am

Hello, the is Doris Brautigan in Brooklyn.

Reading: Not much long form, but Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist is a delight. Patti Smith, M Train is bedside. I got hooked into an audible trial, so played Suite Francais by Irene Nemirovsky, a parallel experience to the pandemic in many ways. Also have Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.
Music in Studio: Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Brazilian.
Inspires: Hockney and Bowie.
Meals:
Our meals are extravagant, but my favorite last week was a most flavorful lentil soup made in the Quick Pot with an unprocessed ham hock and homemade vegetable stock. I need to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in my studio!

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emma davis
Artist
emma davis
8 May 2020 10:58am

What are you reading? lots of options, I buy more than i read. India Knight the Thrift Book, Maud Pember Reeves, Round about a Pound a Week. Audio books like Bad Behaviour, by Mary Gaitskill, and You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian
– What do you usually listen to when you are working in the studio?
A spotify playlist. Often nothing when I’m working. BBC4 radio when I’m doing admin.
– Who is your artistic soulmate? (who inspires you time-and-time-again, who are you: Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Howard Hodgkin.
always excited by — could be a painter, dancer, writer, actor, etc.?) I would love to be a gymnast or a trapeze artist. I’d like to be Carlos Acosta.
– What’s the best meal you cooked this week?
Last week I had beetroot and za’atar and chick peas and yoghurt. A veg box requires experimentation…

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Jessica Reisch
Artist
Jessica Reisch
11 May 2020 12:18pm

Hi, everyone! So sorry for the delay in my response.

– What are you reading?
I have a newfound love for Jenny Offill; I just read “Weather” and “Dept. of Speculation” back to back in one weekend. I also just read “Normal People” by Sally Rooney and “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng- both of which are now Hulu shows.

– What do you usually listen to when you are working in the studio?
Nothing, usually!

– Who is your artistic soulmate? (who inspires you time-and-time-again, who are you
always excited by — could be a painter, dancer, writer, actor, etc.?)

– What’s the best meal you cooked this week?
Fresh pappardelle pasta with a little garlic, butter, and fresh parsley.

– Please share an image of your workspace.
I’m shifting locations this Saturday, so my workspace is currently in flux!

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