“Society is much more easily soothed than one’s own conscience.” -Isaac Asimov
When it is quiet and we are alone, what stirrings and thoughts do we entertain the likes of which we would not reveal in the crowded light of day? Does the liar accept responsibility, in the isolation of home, for mistruths knowingly told? Or the aggressor quietly repent for harm caused? Once out of doors, back among the people, we assume the face we wear day in and out, reveal only those pieces of ourselves that have been deemed suitable for the world at large.
Ketta Ioannidou spoke to us from Brooklyn in mid-September. She spent the summer in her native Cyprus after a few years away. Now returned to Brooklyn where she lives, she works from a studio at her home and benefits from an art supplies store located across the street. When we spoke she was at work on a series of abstract landscape paintings. Much of her work, she says, draws influence from the natural world of Cyprus – the land and the water. One work, in particular, titled Black Spring, draws influence from the life of Henry Miller. Ioannidou began this work during the lockdown period. To hear more about her work, and her re-entry into the world following lockdown, listen to the complete interview.
Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel spoke to us in early September. When we connected, she was at the airport in Madrid on her way back to Santiago, Chile following a meeting and a holiday. During the month prior to our conversation, there had been a number of openings. One in particular was in collaboration with the indigenous community. The exhibition broaches the importance of first nation peoples in South America and brings up a larger conversation about making changes to the constitution to reflect this. To hear more about this important issue and other aspects of Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel’s work, listen to the complete interview.
A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:
We may grant forgiveness en masse for transgressions and yet still weep and rage for them alone.
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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius, and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius. His book, Making it in the Art World, is available now with bonus content here.