1. Describe your normal studio or workplace.
a. 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 paining murals.
2. Describe your makeshift studio or workplace in a time of social distancing or isolation.
a. 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?
a. 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?
a. 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?
a. 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?
a. 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?
a. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
b. Las Mariposas entre los Antiguos Mexicanos by Carlos R. Beutelspacher
8. Who are one/two of your favorite artists that inspire you?
a. Deceased - Francisco Toledo, Rodin
b. Living - Hugo Crosthwaite and Katharen Wiese