A wonderful collaboration of artists.
How are you participating in this event? What are you most excited about sharing with audiences?
I am one of the visual artists. When I create a piece of art with the intention to share an emotion or an idea, it’s very exciting to see what someone else sees and feels, often quite different from what I intended. That’s exciting.
How does participating in an event like this stretch you as an artist?
I found out about this quite late and looking through my short stack of completed work, found only one that seemed to fit the theme, (D)Constructing Seattle. It needed some deconstructing of it’s own, though, so I reworked it to emphasize the impact of growth on the city.
The writers in Medicine Ball are competing for cheap booze – a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck for the winners and a can of warm Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer for the losers. What is your favorite cheap booze? Why?
I guess I’d have to say Two-Buck Chuck. I lived in Walla Walla for a few years and saying that would really upset the masses if they knew.
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?The obvious hates: traffic, growth, homelessness, indifference...I’ll say the lack of spacious off leash dog parks. Come on, Discovery Park needs an off leash dog area. My dogs are important to me (even now they are giving me the look, requesting my attention to their need for a walk).
What do you think audiences will take away after seeing Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets?I can’t imagine...maybe a sense of community, hopefully energizing them to pay more attention to our city, make sure it continues to breathe by supporting artists.
Can you tell us something about your aesthetic and approach as a visual artist?
I am still figuring it out, evolving. I have a deep sense of history and a passion for old things. I love to include them in collage, to bring together elements that are centuries apart in order to create a new history. “I am drawn to the beauty as well as the destruction of the natural world. I create organic pieces that are a mixture of abstract and realism, and to take cues from my environment and my past and recreate that in my work.”
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/