My Time In Wassaic
Please write a paragraph (or a few!) about your time here in Wassaic. You should say a bit about yourself, where you came from, how you got here, what media you like to work in typically, and what you chose to work on while you were here in Wassaic. Then talk about what Wassaic means to you, how it influenced your work, and what you might want others to know about Wassaic. Write from the heart and write in natural language. We want people to get to know you through this work. Be sure to embed hyperlinked words within these body paragraphs, so that we can link out to your portfolio site, exhibitions, movements, etc. Have fun with this!
By Drew Broderick, June 2018
Where do you call home?
I'm living in Philly. But, I spent most of my childhood split between the southwest and Switzerland and have been bouncing around ever since.
What is one good thing that has happened in the past 24 hours?
Well, we just arrived on Friday and everything has been extremely positive! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all the residents. We went to some openings together yesterday and then spent quite a bit of time chatting in the living room before heading to bed, and those conversations have been very exciting.
Why do you make art? Have your reasons changed over time?
I just started making art and don’t really want to stop. Originally in college, I wanted to go into art therapy, but once I started making work, I just wanted to spend all my time in the studio.
What is a song that you never tire of listening to?
Um, I don't really know. I'm kind of inspired by Robert Ashley's sound operas.
What have you been reading lately? Thoughts?
Oh well, I have a few going on, but the main one that I’m in right now is Chris Kraus’s Aliens and Anorexia. I’m a bit of a fan.
What drew you into the contemporary art world?
I like being around other artists.
What are your studio essentials? What is something unexpected a visitor might encounter?
I always have a lot of random dollar store junk in my studio. But I’ve been on this glue and sand kick for a while. I’m kind of obsessed with this wrinkly skin texture I’ve been creating. I use a lot of cosmetics and food products as well. So, bubble gum, gelatin and corn starch or blush and bronzer are some personal favorites.
Influences: we all have them regardless of whether or not we acknowledge them. Who or what currently inspires your work?
Well, I grew up in a family of scientists, I remember helping my dad watercolor images for presentations when I was a kid. I guess I’ve always been influenced by images of the body, internal and microscopic. But I like how landscapy or alien they can be sometimes as well. Living in the desert has really influenced my work in a strange way as well. But I also take a lot of inspiration from self-help, how-to-blogs, and advertisement. There are a lot of artists that have influenced me as well. I remember when I first started making art encountering Carolee Schneemann’s work or Pipilotti Rist and being really moved.
What were your intentions for this residency and how have they changed since being at the Wassaic Project?
This time to just focus on the work is so valuable. I just really want to get into workaholic mode and sort my brain out a bit.
Photos by Walker Esner