Monday, August 23, 2010

Artist Interviews: Stacey Seronick

What is your name: 
            Stacey Seronick

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: 
            I have a less-than-formal art education from Bennington College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

What is the style of your pieces:
            The style is very plain, visually, in some ways in that there isn't usually much to look at except shapes and colors. But if the viewer is able to sit back and take n the experience of the shapes, colors, and brushstrokes, he/she might be able to have a better appreciation for the process that was involved in making the piece. Most of my painting are visual representations of my meditations as they are happening.

What is the medium in which you work: 
            Oil, ink, colored pencils, mostly. But I also enjoy staging performance pieces when I have the chance, and I also enjoy working with digital mediums and installations.

What started you on your path as an artist: 
            What a good question. I don't know. It was somewhere around the age of 14 that I realized how relaxing creating could be. And invigorating at the same time.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: 
            A small sense of sanity. If I didn't make art in some way shape or form, I think I'd completely freak out.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: 
            I love a good pencil drawing. It's something I don't have the patience nor desire to delve into, so I can really appreciate someone who would work in that medium. Abstract pencil drawings are great, too. Like huge, on the wall drawings - I love it!

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: 
            I have a had a few and they are generally intense experiences or very laid-back, quiet viewings. Depends on the venue and the medium.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: 
            I have this one shirt that I try to always wear when I paint, though I don't always remember to throw it on and have countless small paint stains on different clothes. The shirt is a men's white button-down from Sears that is also my hair dying shirt, so it's really a mess!

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist?
            Sometimes I can envision an experience in my head that I want to create and I may even (successfully) sketch it out, but there are times that whether it's finances, skill, or just plain physics, where I am unable to create what I see in my head.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: 
            From a small restaurant in Newport, Vermont - panini with roast turkey, extra-sharp cheddar, thinly-sliced grannie smith apples, and honey mustard.

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: 
            I've been a lot more prolific this past year than I have been in way too long. I attribute it to actually having space to paint in oils without choking myself to death on the fumes.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: 
            Andy Warhol, hands down. Genius artist, genius business-man.

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person:
            It would have to be all the Kandinsky's I saw in MoMA when I was about 12 years old - I couldn't stop staring at all the colors and wild brush strokes. They were absolutely awe-inspiring.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: 
            One cat, Caution, and he seems intrigued by wet paint until he can get close enough to smell it and then goes running for cover. Finished work - he has no regard for.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: 
            The only one I have planned right now is the Bennington College Alumni Show - October 1-3, 2010 at Bennington College, Bennington, VT 05201

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