Season 4 – Creative Risk

Fire, Clay & Ice – How the artist Cassils works with risk

Fire, Clay & Ice – How the artist Cassils works with risk

“I see art as a way to use a monkeywrench into the subconscious…to question those ideas that are baked into us.”

Insta: @cassilsartist / https://www.cassils.net

***Please also check out Cassil’s current work with XMAP: In Plain Sight –
a collaboration of 80 artists creating an art work to end migrant detention and the culture of incarceration***

Find out more about XMAP here: Twitter / FaceBook / Instagram / Website

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. They have achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture – So what does this look like in practice?

It means creating powerful works of art across a host of media, often with a strong performative element; this includes undergoing a gruelling physical transformation to gain 23 pounds of muscle in 23 weeks, or saving all their urine for 200 days, or being set on fire by a stunt team. And we dig into the meaning behind each of these in the interview.

Each of Cassils artworks is rooted in deep conceptual, often political, explorations. And although they often involve a degree of risk, they are never reckless – a distinction Cassils is very clear to make.

Some of the topics we covered in this conversation include:

  • The rigorous approach applied to creating new pieces of work
  • Responding to prompts: how they’ve created work in response to both commissions and emerging cultural and political events
  • How they think about risk, and why it’s become a feature in their work
  • Why performing live in front of an audience has been integral to many their pieces

And we finish with a brilliant Creative Challenge that really asks us to consider the power of our skills as artist, and how we choose to use it.

I started the conversation by jumping straight in and asking Cassils for some context on how they navigate the process of taking an idea into a completed work. Please enjoy.

Posted by jeremiah.krage@gmail.com in clay, fire, lgbtq, performance art, political, queer, Sculpture, Season 4 - Creative Risk
Ceramicist Kate Malone, MBE, on developing creative confidence and crystalline knowledge

Ceramicist Kate Malone, MBE, on developing creative confidence and crystalline knowledge

“I’m not a risk taker… but I have blind faith.”

Insta: @kate_malone_ceramics / katemaloneceramics.com / adriansassoon.com

In this mini-series of the podcast, I’m focusing on the topic of Creative Risk – diving into practices that embody a high degree of risk taking and uncertainty, but in very different ways.

This conversation is with Kate Malone, MBE, one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists with an illustrious career spanning thirty years. Her work is inspired by the joy and optimism of Nature, and often features large, hand-made pieces inspired by fruit, nuts, berries and pumpkins.

Much of her work is coloured by the addition of crystalline glazes, and she is renowned for her research and experimentation in this area. And we dig into in the episode.

Her exuberant work has won her an array of commissions and collaborations, including major public art projects. Kate was awarded an MBE in 2019 for services to ceramic art.

Some of the topics we cover in this conversation include:

  • Managing risk and uncertainty both in her studio based practice, as well as when undertaking ambitious public art projects
  • Developing confidence as a maker and finding your own artistic voice
  • How she thinks about selling her work in an elite marketplace

And we finish with an absolutely brilliant creative challenge to apply to your own practice.

So please enjoy this energizing and thought provoking conversation.

Posted by jeremiah.krage@gmail.com in Art business, Business, Ceramics, Creative business, creative risk, fun, Play, Sculpture, Season 4 - Creative Risk
Painting in Freefall – my conversation with artist and skydiver Michelle Nirumandrad

Painting in Freefall – my conversation with artist and skydiver Michelle Nirumandrad

“I originally wanted to bottle a cloud…”

Insta: @captured sky art / FB: @captured sky art

In this mini-series of the podcast, I’m focusing on the topic of Creative Risk – diving into practices that embody a high degree of risk taking and uncertainty, but in very different ways.

In this episode I’m speaking with sky jumper and artist Michelle Nirumandrad who collaborates with the wind on a concept called ‘Captured Sky’. What this looks like in practice is Michelle literally jumping out of airplanes with paint and canvas, and collaborating with the sky as she falls, to create striking artworks that literally ‘capture the sky.’

In this conversation we cover a host of topics about her practice including:

  • How she first conceived of working this way
  • The incredible technical and creative challenges that arose, and that she is continuing to grapple with
  • How she re-purposes her waste materials to create more artworks

And a fantastic creative challenge at the end.

So please enjoy this inspiring and exhilarating conversation!

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