Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: "aht" for "art". It’s ahtcast.
Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc.
The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it.
I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening and stay tuned for some insights into the thoughts and processes of artists working today.
Phillip J. Mellen
contact: ahtcast [at] gmail [dot] com
"I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers – only to hope it keeps asking the right questions." —Grace Hartigan
During his September 2011 interview, Brad Fesmire asks about ahtcast:
Artist, Steve Adair on ahtcast: "It keeps people like me involved in the whole movement. I chose not to do the grad school route-so podcasts like yours are a great resource for people who want to be connected to the whole studio critique."