What have you been working on during lockdown? It’s actually been a very productive year. After my spring show was postponed, I had a few freakout days of wondering “What the hell is going on?” before getting my head together and realizing the unique opportunity to just make work, with limited distractions. I didn’t want to look back on this strange period of time as a lost year. Consequently, I was able to finish several paintings [and] produce two more wood sculptures that we were able to include in my current David Lusk Gallery installation here in Nashville.
Where have you found inspiration? That’s a hard question to answer. When I first started making art, I relied on new ideas to keep fuel on the fire, and I was much more inclined to look for inspiration from what other people were doing. But over time, I learned to work differently. I see what I do as a continuum of my own previous work. Everything informs the next thing, which informs the next thing and so on.
How have national or global events over the past few months impacted your art? My art typically doesn’t carry a social or political narrative — perhaps that’s a privilege of the world I grew up in — but I’m paying more attention to artists like Ashley Doggett and Alicia Henry, who are producing powerful images that grab and define their world with raw imagery. They have a lot to say, and it’s important for me to mostly listen, support causes of social justice and, of course, vote in November.
When you’re feeling unmotivated or uncreative, what do you do? I routinely clean and organize my work spaces.
What has been the biggest challenge of quarantine as it relates to your art? As an artist, I’m used to spending much of my time alone, so quarantine is not all that different for me.
What have you missed the most during quarantine? I miss spontaneous meetups with friends. And of course, I miss travel. I usually don’t like to travel in the summertime, but being told I can’t makes me want to more! I took an overnight trip to Atlanta with my sister to drop off some paintings, and it felt like a huge indulgence.