INTERDISCIPLINARY ART


September 2017 – December 2017

 Jeremy Geragotelis: As a playwright and director, my work examines the presence of moral thought in theater. I am influenced by the Greek tragic canon, where considerations of social mechanics are naturally imbedded in the dramatic fiber of a play. My current theater-making practice works to reject standardized hierarchical methods of making. I view a making opportunity as inherently collaborative - an opportunity to practice moral thought with fellow artists by building a rehearsal culture based in compassion. I track the influence of this non-traditional process on the theatrical product: does morality need to be overt or can it be accessed implicitly in the manner through which we approach the content of a play?

I work interdisciplinary and keep up a practice as a poet, composer, and painter.  I will use my time in residence to not only generate theater work but also compile my thoughts on the debate on tonality in twentieth century music and its larger artistic impacts.

 Suzanne Alward: The mediums I use to tell my stories are tangled together; drawing intermingles with sculpture, and sculpture with stop-motion animation. These are the tools I use to translate my stories into artwork. The narratives I create are built upon the creativity that was nurtured by alternative education as a child.

Drawing attracts me due to its accessible nature, the ability to sketch my thoughts and inspirations wherever I am. Fascinated with the emotions in faces that are so delicately hidden, I capture them in my notepad, getting lost in the lines that weave a character’s story.The malleability of clay creates endless possibilities, with earth under my nails I carve out the details of a face, or spin a formless shape into a vessel. Utilitarian pottery allows me to create pieces that blur the line between fine-art, and coffee in the morning.

The stories that play out in my head are often unsatisfied being confined in a frozen state, stop-motion animation was the key to breaking them out. My life is often overcome by vivid daydreams, stories that play out about people I see, or inanimate object personalities.

Through the creations that exist inside me I’m able to share my perspective with the world, and create a connection with people near and far.

 

January 2018 – May 2018

 

 Natasha Sharpe: Drawing comics, illustrations, and animations is the best way I’ve found to share the stories about the bumbling, hapless creatures that putter around in my head. I like gliding Sharpie markers over blank white paper surfaces and seeing what shapes and bug-eyed new friends bubble up from my subconscious. Each character represents a piece of the world that I have observed and been amused by. The inflections of speech, unique facial expressions, and idiosyncratic walk cycles of the people I see everyday in the outside world linger with me as material to be manipulated and examined through interpretive exaggeration.

 

Creating a character gives me a chance to take a piece of myself and look at it more clearly from a distance. I started drawing because the results were immediate, and I could take my sketchbook with me everywhere I went. My animation practice blossomed after my characters started whispering to me that they wanted to walk and talk. With them by my side, I playfully make fun of the overwhelming chaos of everyday life’s narrative by reimagining it as an easily digestible biscuit.  
 
 
 
 
 Rose Martin: I am a percussionist, improviser, and composer. The intersection of voice, movement, and percussion predicates my performance and compositional style, and currently manifests in my solo project, Whole. With this, I investigate the use of the human body across overlapping disciplines of art and the connection of the earth to the human experience through percussion, visual movement, and speaking voice. When creating, I pull from my studies in Ghanaian drumming and xylophone, North Indian Khatak dance, orchestral percussion, and influence from my mentor Stuart Saunders Smith. 
 
As an artist and teacher, I aim to create opportunities for all disciplines of art to connect and create. Interdisciplinary art moves beyond social, linguistic, and experiential boundaries, pushing the creative mind to think artistically and move beyond ones primary form of expression. 
 
While in residence I plan to further expand my interdisciplinary student projects and generate new compositions. I will continue my research on women in percussion and composition and further my knowledge about the lineage of artists and composers that have led to modern day percussion.