A collaboration between visual artists and writers; writers using art to spark written word.--
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences?
I love this. Although I make my living as a writer and editor, I am participating as a visual artist. I am very interested in seeing how people react to the first panel of a triptych about how my parents got to the USA.--
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
I had to get going and **make** the first panel of the triptych!--
Why?--I don't drink -- growing up hip deep in alcoholics will o that to ya. But in my years working as a bartender (ironic, no?) there's this -- vodka is supposed to be odorless and tasteless. No one can tell the difference between cheap and expensive vodka (even the folks who tell you they can are only right 50% of the time.) The only possible exception is potato vodka and because it can retain a faint odor of dirt. So buy the cheap stuff.--
This edition of Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets tackles the theme of (D)Constructing Seattle. What is one aspects of living in Seattle that you either love or hate – and why?
I loved Seattle because I could go skiing and sailing in the same day. I love Seattle because it was founded by a bunch of drunks who couldn't agree on how the streets should be platted, so Mr. Denny's streets do not meet up with Mr. Boren's or Mr. Dexter's. On the other hand, Lynn Street runs from Lake Washington to Elliott Bay, and gosh help you if you get the wrong designator (Lynn St. E; Lynn St. W). I hate Seattle because there have been twenty-six proposals for decent public transit in my lifetime and none of them is quite in place.--
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?
Hope they can see the power of collaboration!--
Can you tell us something about your aesthetic and approach as a visual artist?
As a photographer, prefer to do portrait work and am very methodical and precise in the darkroom. Non-photo work tends to abstraction, mark-making and is usually one long blast of activity.
I was -- I am -- a photographer and printer first and worked for many years as a photographer, photo technician, graphic artist, typographer, and printer. Art can call out what is hidden, shout what is whispered: often I start out with the most innocuous idea for a project and see it morph into a metaphor for what’s really on my mind. Encaustic and collage with an emphasis on the printed word intrigues me. I seemingly can’t make anything without setting it on fire to see what the alchemy of heat will do. During the last two years I have been working in collaboration with other artists to see what two people working in dissimilar media can create.--
Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets plays February 5 – 6 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill. Friday performance is at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:30 pm. and 10:00 pm. Tickets are available here: http://seattletheatreworks.org/