Art AND

Art AND

On fearless artmaking, the value of openness, and why wanting stability is not selling out

"Nothing is ever failed. It's just going to take a form that I don't know about yet.”

On healing through art, the landscape's influence, and material problem-solving

Working with everything from moss and money plant membranes to artificial ivy and metal, Laura Amussen creates thematic exhibitions around singular ideas, such as the buoyancy of water as a metaphor for overcoming struggle.

A Ceramics Artist Living Thousands of Miles from Home Shares Her Love of Fashion, Ice Cream, Raw Clay, and her "Art Family"

Koh is a Hamiltonian Fellow in Washington DC, but originally studied fine arts at Hongik University in Seoul, and later earned an MFA from Alfred University in New York

On museum unions, getting to know a city by walking, and designed structures

For Mangus, an artist, writer, and museum guard, space for reflection is essential to a strong end result.

On abstracting the domestic, home improvement as curation, and being both a mentor and a mentee

Livi is an artist who moves between media seamlessly, always seeking out material that speaks to the domestic space and figuring out how to manipulate it after.

"When you bring things together, you can make new connections."

On taking things apart to put them back together

The self-taught historian finding treasures in backyard privies

To arrive at their resting place, items found at the bottom of a privy had to fall often ten or more feet, often out of someone’s back pocket, the same way many of us have dropped a cellphone in the modern toilet.

On the fickle nature of creativity and the desire to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are

There is more than the single story of the material; there is usually a personal tie-in, a cultural or historical reference the viewer can also pick up on if they engage with it.

The artist discusses obsession with images, audiovisual archives, and exploring the limits of technology

Her work tells a story of real objects typically recast in an otherworldly way.

On care work, connection, and paying close attention

"I do think that artists have always played an important role in imagining alternatives and bringing to light things that we’re not discussing otherwise."

The painter and professor on parenthood, vulnerability, and why it's important to have a 'mindset of experimentation'

"While exploring new hobbies, I came across new materials [and] I had collected ideas over the years that I had always hoped to explore."

The maximalist mixed-media artist talks about taste, class, and asking questions of the world—and other artists—around her

"I think fundamentally artists are always interested in what comes next—what happens if I push this idea further, what happens if I try this new material, etc."

There is a feedback loop between Bill Schmidt's studio and his visual world, where mysterious shapes take on greater significance

Schmidt works at a tiny scale so that viewers to have to get close to his paintings, to have an intimate and “one-on-one relationship with the surfaces.''

An integral part of Gatlin's process is to look at a big idea in different ways and consider it from every angle

"I identify as interdisciplinary and sometimes I even go as far as to say non-disciplinary because I have a craft and DIY background. I don't necessarily feel like discipline is the right word to use. I love materials and I love playing with something new, I think that’s the thing that pulls me."

Why the director of the performance series In the Stacks and curator at Hopkins' Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection wants you to listen to Classical music

"I’m inspired by these musicians that weren’t satisfied with the presenting platforms or ensembles that existed, so they just created new ones."

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