“Observing Observing (a white cup): Laura Hamje”

With each exhibition, we will post interviews with the participating artists along with a photo of said artists in their studios and images of their work. In the future, we will post videos of artist interviews.

“Observing Observing (a white cup)” opens September 12th and continues through October 31, 2015

Curated by Eric Elliott, Michael Howard & Norman Lundin. More than twenty artists (both gallery artists and not) accepted the invitation to submit work.

Reception for the artists, Sept. 12, 2 – 4 pm

Artist Interview #17: Laura Hamje

1. How did you respond to the idea of the white cup?

Still life has never interested me as subject matter. To me, painting pictures of objects sounds like the most boring thing in the world. I wanted to use the white cup idea to change the way I think about still life. I liked that we all have a white cup in our everyday lives. I became interested in the space in which the white cup lives and what we are really thinking when we reach into the cupboard to grab one.

2. Are you a full time artist, if not how do you support your art?

I am not a full time artist, I work as an accountant for a creative firm in town called Creature. Being a bookkeeper has allowed me to work in many different types of industries from oceanography to real estate to arts organizations. And that’s about as exciting as I can make number crunching sound.

3. When did you consider yourself an artist?

At some point in high school, I found myself more excited about doodling and trying to sell paintings of cars instead of doing my school work.

4. What are your influences?

Teachers have been big influences in my life. I think about their excitement and encouragement about a career in the arts, despite the lack of practicality. Their stories and ideas about art are still very much guiding me.

5. How big is your studio, what kind of lighting?

My studio is small. It is the downstairs of my living space which is a lofted carriage house. Natural or unnatural light, depending on the time of day…I prefer a mix when I can get it.

6. What is a typical day in the studio like for you? Do you listen to music, radio or tv in your studio?

I typically listen to music or watch tv while I’m painting. My cat harasses me the majority of the time and I usually have a drink nearby.

7. What is your preferred medium? Do you work on one project at a time or several?

Oil paint is my medium. I tend to focus on one painting at a time but may have several started at once.

8. Do you have any special or unique tools, devices or process that you use in your art making?

I use palette knives and brushes. When things get really heated, I use my hands and fingernails.

9. What do you do outside the studio, aside from a job?

I like to drink with friends or go on walks. Once in a blue moon (these days) I might sit down at the piano.

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