Great work by our Issue Four artist, David Maisel.
David Maisel is a San Francisco based photographer creating some of the best aerial photographs around. Check out the link below for more from his fantastic series “Terminal Mirage.”
Loved seeing this blog post about our Issue Four artist David Maisel and we just had to share it:
David Maisel: Library of Dust
New York City based artist David Maisel brings our attention to ethics and aesthetics in a most sublime way. His most recent project titled Library of Dust is a series of photographs of unclaimed and forgotten copper canisters containing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital.
The science behind these eery though beautifully aged canisters lies in the copper, as it goes through chemical transformation due to prolonged contact with it’s contents. The outcome is striking enough, but it’s possible that the pull between matter and spirit is what makes this series so fervent. What we’re dealing with here is a conflict of sorts. We have these colorful, blooming canisters almost calling for our visual attention; however, time was ever necessary in the process of this chemical transformation, some urns having sat unclaimed by family since 1883. Thus to the surface also rises themes of neglect, remiss, and more impatiently, our own mortality.
Maisel comments on the library in which these are canisters are numbered from 01 to 5,118: “Imagine the many separate fates that led these thousands of individuals to this room. What combination of choice and chance, of illness, of representation and misrepresentation, an infinite number of slippages multiplied more than three thousand times over, circumscribes this room, this library.”
The artist also poses the question: is it possible that some form of spirit lives on?
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Artist Interview: Jesse Draxler
Jesse Draxler’s work was featured in Issue Four of Fine Line Magazine. We sent him some prompts (in bold) and he let us know a little bit about himself. (Sidenote: We have an awesome print of Jesse’s work for sale HERE.)
Current Living: In transit
Born: Appleton, Wisconsin
Education: Studied at the Minneapolis College of Art And Design, acquired Bachelors of Fine Arts from CVA (College of Visual Arts) in St. Paul
I grew up… in a small town ironically named Freedom.
Growing up… I grew up.
My childhood… was a childhood.
My family… is small.
My father… builds fire trucks for a living.
High school was… school high.
Growing up, I always wanted… to be somewhere else.
I never saw… -ed a man in half.
College was… something to do.
Art was… art.
Right now I am… typing.
I’ve always wondered… “what’s it like”.
I do not know… a lot.
I wish I knew… more.
Routine is… circles.
Everyday I like to… shower.
My work represents… representation.
I feel at home… I don’t.
I currently live… in between two cities.
I wish I could… teleport.
My favorite… probably isn’t really my favorite.
On a rainy day… I fill out an interview.
Everybody loves… Raymond.
We could all use a little more… rationale.
I am a big believer in… logic.
I couldn’t live without… doing.
Life is… strange.
Love is… stranger.
You can argue… anything.
I am full of… blood and guts.
The future… is now…is…now…is…now.
My next step… is another step.
Two photos of Jesse’s studio:
Where are you from originally? Where so you live now? Does you nationality play a role in your work?
I am originally from a very small town in Wisconsin called Freedom. At this very moment I am typing this interview from Los Angeles. I have been in LA for 6 months, but will be returning to my real home, which is Minneapolis, MN, in two weeks.
I am sure everything that has made me into the person I am today plays a role in my work to some extent, but am I aware of it - no.
Do you think you’ll make art forever? Why is art important?
Forever is a funny word, but I don’t see myself ever quitting the creative process. I can’t find a likely reason to. To answer the final part of this question - I am not so sure art is that important to everyone, so I can only speak for myself, but personally creating is the only sure thing I know.
Artist Interview: Jaclyn Mednicov
Jaclyn Mednicov’s work was featured in Issue Four of Fine Line Magazine. We sent her some prompts (in bold) and she let us know a little bit about herself.
Living: I am currently living in Charleston, Illinois, because I am getting my M.A. in Studio Art at Eastern Illinois University.
Born: suburbs of Chicago
Education: B.F.A University of Kansas, Summer program at School of Visual Arts and study abroad at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
I grew up… in the suburbs of Chicago, went to college at the University of Kansas, moved to L.A. for two years, Brooklyn for 8 years, and most recently Chicago for 1 year.
My family… is pretty big, I have an older sister and two younger brothers.
If I had known… how much I would love being an artist and wasn’t so afraid of it, I would have started when I was younger than I did. My first art class wasn’t until my senior year in high school, I was even too shy to take a class at school so I took an after school class.
Growing up, I always wanted to be… a therapist or a makeup artist, I ended up being a makeup artist while also being a painter. Oddly enough, being a makeup artist is sort of like being a therapist.
I never saw myself… in Charleston, Illinois getting my M.A., but it is has been great for my work so far.
Art was… not a part of my life, except school projects, until my last year in high school.
Right now I am… wondering when I will finish this painting I am working on.
I’ve always wondered… what the future will be.
I do not know… what the future will be.
I wish I knew… what the future will be!
Routine is… drinking coffee every morning.
Everyday I like to… create something.
My work represents… impermanence.
I choose to work in my medium because… I like the fluidity of paint.
I wish I could… get to travel more in my lifetime.
My favorite thing… to do other than make art is baking.
I love… to cook.
On a rainy day… I like to stay inside and watch a horror film.
I am a big believer in… everything happens for a reason even if we can’t see it at the time.
I couldn’t live without… coffee and making art.
Art is… what can keep me sane.
Life is… up and down.
My home… is not permanent at the moment, which is becoming a theme in my art.
You can argue… not well.
I never… get bored.
Someday I hope… to have a home that I am happy to call home.
The future… feels scary since I don’t know what is next.
My next step… is to keep developing my work and growing as an artist.
Jaclyn in her studio
Do you have a day-job or do you make your living as an artist?
Before I came to Eastern Illinois University I was working as a makeup artist. I would like to continue with working as a freelance makeup artist while making my art. Eventually I would love to own a studio space for artists. Right now I am in the process of applying to several MFA programs. I would really like to be an art educator at a university at some point, which is mostly why I want to go on to get my MFA.
Why do you make art? Do you think you’ll make art forever? Why is art important?
I make art because if I don’t I feel as though something is off balance in my life. I hope to make art forever. I think art is important because everyone needs a way of expressing themselves, whether it is for the individual or for an audience. Art is a visual way for me to communicate.
Some ofJaclyn’s newest work: