INTERVIEW WITH HUNTER INVITATIONAL IV ARTIST
Describe your work for us.
My work takes many forms, from kinetic sculpture and object to video, sound and drawing. The common thread is an interest in systems, unseen forces and the “how” of the world.
Tell us about your process.
My process is varied and the ideas come from many different places. Sometimes I start with a thought or a story, but more typically I start with an image or movement and work from there. I work with both traditional and digital processes.
From where do you draw inspiration?
Travel and reading have been the two strongest catalysts for my work over the years. I appreciate how both can challenge assumptions and expand understanding. Topics of interest are history, science, music and myth.
How do sound and movement play a role in your work?
They are two ingredients in the exploration of time as a compositional element, a communicative element. Sound and movement help underscore the fact that the sculpture is moving along the same temporal continuum as the viewer. It is the work pointing back at you in a way.
Do you think of these sculptures as living in some way or as mechanistic?
Definitely mechanistic. I’m interested in their outright fakeness. I consider the movement just convincing enough to evoke forces from the natural world, but the exposed structure of the mechanism purposefully short-circuits that.
Is there a before and after in them, or do you view their activity as ongoing, rather than process and result or cause and effect?
In some ways I’m hoping for neither before or after in them, just now. Activity without action, devoid of narrative arc.
What would you like viewers to get [learn?] from your work?
The best I can hope for is that they’ll pause for a minute and consider. And in that consideration, maybe something lasting can happen, maybe something personal.
How long have you been working as an artist?
I made the decision to be (or discovery I was) an artist about twenty years ago as an undergraduate student. I like to imagine I was an artist always.
Does place or the South play a role in your work?
Place plays a distinct role in terms of inspiration for me. Both travel and the rural places I lived as a child have helped underscore the poetics of landscape, agriculture and our relationships with the two.
How has your practice evolved?
I expect it has changed in ways that are not apparent even to me. The work has grown in scale and complexity over the years and in some ways has developed its own momentum. I’m finding that evolution can be cyclical in the studio. You grow out of something only to grow back into it years later.