• Kate Hooray Osmond

Ashleigh Wink

Painter, multimedia artist

Baltimore, MD

How has your past and your influences directed your creative path?

I have always been a quiet, introspective person. I often feel overwhelmed by the mundane "to do's" of everyday life, and I find myself needing external ways of grounding my thoughts. Often, the moments that provide such clarity are fleeting and out of my control, which is oddly reassuring - if nothing is permanent, then there is no reason to worry, because the bad will eventually end. I hope this sounds more optimistic than morbid, and more of an antithesis of Jean-Paul Sartre's "Nausea" than a reinforcement of it. Sartre's writings have been largely influential in my creative path, as have artists such as Richard Diebenkorn who often challenged the boundary between observational and abstract art-making.

How has the pandemic, social dynamics, election (2020) affected your local community and your creative practice?

2020 has been extremely taxing on my art practice. It seems that the everyday "to do's" have multiplied while the time to complete them has been cut in half. I usually have help from family to care for my son while I work (from home) and schedule time to work in my studio, but with the requirements for social distancing and isolation required to prevent COVID-19, we have not seen family as much and studio time has unfortunately fallen off of my priority list in favor of other responsibilities. Reading has become even more of a foundational aspect of my practice, since it is a task that I can complete in small bursts and think about throughout the day.

Why did you decide to join CRISIS residency?

I hoped that joining CRISIS Residency would motivate me to make time to create. It has not worked out that way since logistical time constraints are more of a challenge than motivation! However, being part of this residency has kept my thoughts and research regarding my practice at the forefront of my mind over the past six months.

What are you currently working on now? Is that a change from your prior work?

I am in the planning process of a series documenting shifting perceptions of light and color throughout my home. This is a continuation of an idea that began during my MFA program. I don't feel that I have thoroughly explored all possibilities yet and am still searching for the right combination of materials and process to best communicate my ideas.

What is your next step in your practice?

Somehow find time to create. I have the ideas, I just need the space and time to experiment with these ideas.

What is your dream project?

I would love to create an installation that condenses a year's worth of light-based observations into a single art piece. Beginning January 1st, 2021 I intend to closely document my observations daily and sort through them at the end of the year.

What, if anything, would you like to say to other creatives during this time?

Be kind to yourself and try not to compare yourself to others. "Comparison is the thief of joy" is a cliche for a reason - it's true! I have needed to remind myself of this often and want other creatives (especially creative-parents) to know that it is okay if this has not been the most productive period of your career.

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