Just wanted to share a new favorite blog of mine, "In the Make". It features great interviews by photographer Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan which are derived from studio visits they have with artists and designers who are (for the most part) based out of LA or the San Francisco area. I particularly like their current interview with artist Val Britton, have a look!
ITM: What risks have you taken in your work, and what has been at stake?
Britton: While in grad school a professor suggested that I try making bigger work. Because I had been making such small, compact, and complex work it was just an exercise to bring in some much needed looseness, to let things expand. When I started working much larger it opened up my mind and my work in ways I never could have imagined. I’m often afraid that my work is not very intellectual, because I allow myself to work intuitively and place a lot of trust in the moment, the materials, and my mistakes. But this goes back to listening to your own voice, and being authentic and true to making what you need to make even if it is not popular, not comparing your work to the prevailing trends. Often I feel like every piece is at stake of being ruined if I go too far and can’t take it back, but I feel like these are risks I have to take to progress in my work and discover what’s next. Letting go of preciousness has been an important lesson for me in taking risks."