September 2018

Tiffany Lang


PELA: Where are you from?

TL: I was born in Platteville, Wisconsin and lived there for 18 years. Then I moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin to go to the University of Wisconsin Stout.

PELA: What are you working on while at Elsewhere Studios?

TL: I am working on sculptures that revolve around “women’s work” and every day tasks. I am interested in the idea of taking something that we deal with every day and being able to hang it up on the wall.`

PELA: Why did you decide to become an artist?

TL: Ever since I was little, I knew what I really liked to do. I grew up in a day-care that my mom owned. We would do arts and crafts all the time. I went off to summer camp and would always be in the arts and crafts area. I actually never took an art class until the end of high school. When I decided to be an artist I was genuinely interested in the way the world worked, I was curious to learn how to use paint, how to draw, and explore all the materials that artists use.

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PELA: How do you work best?

TL: I really love having a studio separate from my living space. When I am ready to work I can go to my space. I have a repetitive thing that I do every time I get into the studio. I like to sit down and read a little bit and from that experience I am able to get in the mindset of making and then I get started.

PELA: What are your influences and what else inspires you?

TL: I am really influenced by Dianna Molzan. She worked a lot with manipulating canvas in a particular way that is unconventional for painting. She decided to cut up her canvas and sew onto it as well. I found out about her in college and she has been really influential. Other things that inspire me are nostalgic colors, pastel colors that are put onto young girls. For example, girls are pink, boys are blue. When I was growing up, the colors that surrounded me were given to me. For example my room was painted in a soft lavender color. Every day this color surrounded me. And now these colors from my past influence my work.

PELA: Is this your first residency?

TL: This is actually my second residency. I had a residency during school at the university of Wisconsin about art in technology. I used a UV light printer to print onto canvases.

PELA: Why do you like residencies?
TL: I think residencies are really important for artists. They give them the time and space to be allowed to have a community, meet other people, and completely focus on your work. There are so many distractions in the world and a residency really allows you to focus on your art.

PELA: Do you ever get tired of making art?

TL: I don’t get tired of making it, but art making can be a tiring process. You get so engulfed in it that it becomes overwhelming. After my thesis project in college, it took me about six months until I was ready to make art again. In school there was no stopping making art right up until the very end. It was a lot.

How do you get people interested in your art?

I think an important part of being an artist is not only just making the art, but being able to communicate about it well. So being able to write an artist statement, or give talks or interviews like this. It’s Important to be able to explain why you are making the things you make.

What do you think of Paonia?

I love it so far. I think it is a tight knit community. I think it is nice to have a community that is supportive of the arts.

Anna WELSH


Where are you from?:

I’m from Peterborough New Hampshire but I travel a lot!

PELA: What are you working on while at elsewhere?:

AW: I am making Crankies right now. They are also called moving panoramas. It is like A small toy theater or stage for shadow puppetry. I like mixing giant charcoal illustrations with shadow puppetry and cutouts.

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PELA: Why did you decide to become an artist?:

AW: It is just something that has always been a part of my life; growing up I was always drawing and painting and and making kayaks out of cardboard shoe boxes. I was also really encouraged by my parents. I was really lucky to have parents that were artists and musicians. I was really encouraged to keep going with my drawings. In high school I wanted to be a biologist which would have worked out fine but I also had applied to a few art schools and then I got into Maine College of Art. When I visited it I was just like, this is it this is what i want to do, I didn’t think I was going to do it because of the price but they gave me a lot of financial aid. So I decided to follow my dream and do this thing I was really good at instead of doing something else because I felt obligated to make a lot of money. I have always been drawing. I am a pretty introverted person. I just spent a lot of time drawing and my friends were also kind of introverted and liked to draw and it was a good way of spending time with people and being myself but still creating. In many ways it’s like a security blanket. I'm down to play frisbee or be crazy but I mostly want to be calm and spent time drawing. That is a lot more intimate and chill.

PELA: How do you work best?:

AW: My art is my life and my life is my art. I am very process oriented. I work best by going through life and experiencing things to the fullest without even thinking about art. Then I work to document it. I like experiencing stuff as presently as I can. I don't feel like we are encouraged to do that. People want to speed stuff up and do it as quickly as possible. I want to feel the breeze and experience life to the fullest. Then I set aside time; setting aside a month to comb through all of these experiences and smaller sketches and then focus on what can I do with this and make a bigger more finished piece.

PELA: Is this your first residency?:

AW: It is my first residency like this. Last month I was in a residency called Carnival Day Resistance and that was a collaborative artist residency for musicians, circus performers, visual artists, activists, and people with faith. It was a very different experience, but i loved it. I've always wanted to be part of a radical political theatre social justice circus. which i got to do with Bread and Puppet a year ago, but that was an internship not a residency.

PELA: Do you ever get tired of making art?:

AW: Not exactly. I need a brake sometimes. These giant charcoal drawings I work on for like 6 hours at a time without a break. Then I realize I am physically drained and I just need to do something else for like a day. Also going to college was really intense and I was really physically tired after that so I spent the last year not doing that much art, just small amounts. It's important to maintain a good balance.

PELA: How do you get others interested in your art?:

AW: With social media and building relationships with other artists, then you will get to know others. Just talk about your art and don’t be shy to put yourself out there. Trust that what you are making is good and really love what you are making.

PELA: Is there anything else you would like to add?:

AW: Never take art too seriously, never take anything too seriously, it is a legitimate profession that I respect and others should too. Being too serious about art makes it so it isn't fun anymore.

PELA: What do you think of Paonia?:

AW: It is so cute. I really like it. It’s like Hobbiton. It also reminds me of my home town. I feel like there is this vortex of beauty, maybe it's the landscape but it feels really beautiful. It’s sweet how you walk down the street and people talk to you and ask you questions. It’s not like most towns.

Jolanda van de Grint


PELA: Where are you from?

JVDG: The Netherlands

PELA: What are you working on while at elsewhere studios?

JVDG: Elsewhere Studios invited me for the alternative firing method (ceramics), and I will be doing two workshops while I am in Paonia. For myself, I would like to experiment with other kinds of firing if I have time because four weeks is not very long for making ceramics.

PELA: Why did you decide to become an artist?

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JVDG: I have always loved doing things with my hands, and after high school I got fed up with studying so I wanted to do something with my hands instead.  I went to a teachers training school for arts and crafts and after that I did lots of other stuff that had nothing to do with art. Later I discovered ceramics again in 2006 and that's what I am doing now.

PELA: How do you work best?

JVDG: I have my own studio so that's really great. I can make messes and it won’t bother anybody. I also like to have some music playing.

PELA: What are your influences, what else inspires you?

JVDG: I am very drawn to things that are altered over time and that many people have worked on. These objects usually tell a story, that is also the feel I want to have in my work.

PELA: Is this your first residency?

JVDG: Yes, it's the first official one. I have been to one in Spain that you don't have to apply for and its not like Elsewhere Studios where you get to do a showing.

PELA: Do you ever get tired of making art?

JVDG: Every now and then something doesn't work out the way I like but then I come back the next day and I have another idea.

PELA: What do you think of Paonia?

JVDG: It's great, I felt at home right away. There was a potluck the first night I was in Paonia so I met a few people and they were all very friendly and nice.

 

Henry Kunkel & Alessandro MaIone


PELA: What are you working on while at Elsewhere studios?

AM: We are a collaborative team, we are making a graphic score and sound art piece around the life cycle of the cicada.

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HK: I’m a painter and Alessandro is a musician/ sound artist. We were traveling and happened to see the Cicada’s hatch the same day we began learning about graphic scores. We both found inspiration in this and thought it could be a great a way for our two mediums two meet on a shared experience that we both are excited about. We’ve just been fleshing it out over the past year and now we’re in the making stage which is exciting.

PELA: Why did you decide to be a artist?

HK: I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was a little kid. My parents encouraged it really well. I remember my Dad taking me to museums when I was little and being so impressed and filled with wonder with what I saw and learned and it's been stuck with me since.

AM: I started taking music lessons when I was eleven or twelve and for some reason it seemed like the most logical thing to do.

PELA: How do you work best together?

HK: We are still figuring that out. Since we have such different mediums, the two of us are finding common ground and that's part of the process of being here is figuring out languages that we can both talk in that make sense,

AM: So that means trying new things, failing and succeeding, and just hoping to get to a point where it makes sense. We have to learn a lot about each of our mediums and that involves teaching each other as well.

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PELA: What are your influences what else inspires you?

HK: Nature is a huge influence on my work as well as people. I am interested in understanding how perspective is shaped.

AM: I've always found philosophy inspired a lot of my work. But also the melding of nature and the mechanical industrial sounds of society.

PELA: Is this your first residency?

AM: It is my first.

HK: It is my sixth. I have been hoping between residencies for the past few years. It is great to be around other artists and have the space and time to focus on your artwork. plus, experience new places and cultures. It is fantastic.

PELA: Do you get tired of making art?

HK: When you are doing it professionally, sometimes it can take the fun out of it.

AM: But, you need to put the fun back into it.

PELA: What do you think of Paonia?

AM: The first two days it was kind of weird with having altitude sickness.

HK: it is kind of a surreal little place that unfolds the longer you are here.

AM: I have not met anyone that has been standoffish. I have not been made to feel like I do not belong here. In the northeast people can be pretty standoffish and hard.

HK: The landscape is so gorgeous.