Jodi Colella, of Somerville, is an artist, teacher and community builder. She uses needlework to infuse renewed power to craft practices. The resulting works convey both whimsy and threat, as they capture that place where anxiety and beauty can co-mingle. She pushes the boundaries of traditional techniques to create works that imply an inner vitality and a self-awareness of … [Read more...]
Highlighting the work and voices of individual artists.
Periodically, we pose questions about issues artists face in their work and lives. This month, we asked a group of artists and arts professionals: What does a healthy partnership between cultural organizations and local artists look like? Gabrielle Schaffner, ceramic artist Ideally, it's a lively two-way relationship. Cultural organizations have the power to magnify … [Read more...]
Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz is an artist deeply involved in an interdisciplinary drawing practice. Her work utilizes aspects of textile design, drawing, collage, papermaking, printmaking, and painting. Here she shares with us her thoughts about her evolving work and process. Since 2010 my artwork has become increasingly concentrated on nostalgic, metaphorical and existential … [Read more...]
On Mass Cultural Council's podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud, American Repertory Theater's Diane Paulus and Diane Borger share how they think about risk, and what it means to have "high tolerance for disequilibrium" that permeates the entire culture of an organization. "We don't sit in a room in our meetings... and talk about the risk," says American Repertory Theater Terrie … [Read more...]
Richard Limber, a multi-disciplinary artist living and working on Martha's Vineyard, shares how an unconventional creative practice leads to his probing body of work. Creativity has no categories Have you ever "nudged" a stationary car with your moving house/studio? If you do, it's best to hit a car from New Jersey. This gave me rural street cred when I moved one of … [Read more...]