Studio Clips: Meet David Manzanares

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Artist Q&A

  1. Describe your normal studio or workplace.
    I would spend most of my time at the Nebraska Innovation Studio where I am the Artist in Residence. Due to the nature of my work, I also work in temporary city spaces while painting murals.
  2. Describe your makeshift studio or workplace in a time of social distancing or isolation.
    I had to complete re-arrange my space. Now in November, I am really glad that COVID forced me to do this because I feel like I am taking advantage of my space better. We completely flipped our little shed/garage and I worked on large sculptures there this summer. We converted our extra bedroom to a home office that I share with my wife.
  3. How has sharing your work with co-creatives or others shifted?
    I participate in Zoom calls with other artists. We talk about our work and provide feedback. I used to go to First Friday events and invite other artists to my studio space. One aspect that has changed is I am able to “interface” with other artists from Spain and Mexico through increased use of digital platforms.
  4. What is your favorite non-art-oriented activity that inspires you?
    I enjoy practicing yoga and chess. I also spend time in nature. Travelling.
  5. How has working in a socially distant environment affected your work?
    I would say it is more psychological. I am avid traveler and I have not been able to do that this year.  One of the main challenges has been working at home with my two young children.
  6. What is your favorite go-to snack after long hours working on your artistic practice?
    I like spicy mango slices. I also eat plenty of hummus and tostadas.
  7. What are one/two of your favorite books that resonate with you and/or your practice?
    Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
    Las Mariposas entre los Antiguos Mexicanos by Carlos R. Beutelspacher
  8. Who are one/two of your favorite artists that inspire you?
    Deceased – Francisco Toledo, Rodin
    Living – Hugo Crosthwaite and Katharen Wiese