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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Artist Interview: Ashley Garrett

Ahtcast talks with painter, Ashley Garrett, for this interview. You will discover great descriptions of experiences that are both universal and specific in their private nature. To Garrett, art making is the tapping into the "energy and/or space that hovers around us all the time." It brings us together, both artist and non-artist. According to Garrett, there may be no such thing as 'non-artist.' 
Her work needs no sketch, because it would "take away the mystery and drain the energy of the discovery." Learn the inner workings of her process and how listening to creative impulses can keep one on the right track to being present and "aware." Listen below for more! (some strong language).

The above text becomes part of the conversation...

 3pm, 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

 Flood, 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 34 in.

 Jelly, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

 Eaves, 2013, oil on canvas, 38 x 34 in.

Martingale, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. 

The artist's website: Ashley Garrett

Audio interview with the artist:

Ashley Garrett in her studio

 Artists etc. mentioned in the talk:

Janice Nowinski
Mark Dutcher
Kyle Staver
Willem de Kooning 
Philip Guston
Chaim Soutine
Rene Magrittte
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
James Joyce
Lucio Pozzi 
Farrell Brickhouse
Peter Acheson
Julian Pretto
Duccio di Buoninsegna
  Giotto di Bondone
 Painters' Table
Gorky's Granddaughter
The Flaming Lips song: The Spiderbite Song

 Oil on canvas, 19 ¾ x 22 ⅞ inches
by Edwin Dickinson

 Still Life, 1949
by Giorgio Morandi 

Below are two quotes I shared in the conversation:

 "I come into the studio very fearfully. I creep in to see what happened the night before. And the feeling is one of, 'My God, did I do that?'" -Philip Guston

"A painting is never finished. It simply stops in interesting places" 
- Paul Gardener

Below is a text read by Ashley Garrett in the interview:

"Unmarked Boxes," Rumi

Don't grieve.
Anything you lose comes round in another form.
The child weaned from mother's milk now drinks wine and honey mixed.
God's joy moves from unmarked box to unmarked box, from cell to cell.
As rainwater, down into flowerbed.
As roses, up from ground.
Now it looks like a plate of rice and fish, now a cliff covered with vines, now a horse being saddled. It hides within these, till one day it cracks them open.
Part of the self leaves the body when we sleep and changes shape.
You might say, Last night I was a cypress tree, a small bed of tulips, a field of grapevines.
Then the phantasm goes away.
You are back in the room.
I don't want to make anyone fearful. Hear what's behind what I say.
Tatatumtum tatum tatadum. 
There is the light gold of wheat in the sun and the gold of bread made from that wheat.
I have neither.
I am only talking about them, as a town in the desert looks up at stars on a clear night.


(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)


  1. Hey, Phillip, I just came across your site today.
    And I'm impressed with the lack of pretensions in these conversations; that nasty little attribute that supposedly hovers around "the world of art", and how you instead focus on casual talk with the artist, and the work of course.
    I was also intrigued with your painting(s), because they connect to some of the abstract work being made here in Cleveland, Ohio, and from what I've gathered you're based out of Mass.?? Perhaps we do have hive-mind tendencies, after all.

    Anyways, I thought I'd share a link to my tumblr page, that in which stores-on-file some of the work I've done. Please take a gander whenever time permits.

    Thanks again for your efforts in connecting with artists near and far.

    ** artworkofjosephduraj.tumblr.com **

  2. also, if you're seeking more artists to interview, I'd be open to it. absolutely. at this moment i'm submitting my email address to the "follow by email" box.

    thanks again.

  3. Hey philip, its awesome creation. Thanks for sharing here