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Underground Interview - August

With the August opening of Teresa Vander-Meer Chassé's latest exhibition in the Edge Gallery at Arts Underground, we've asked the artist to fill out a short Q & A. Many thanks to Teresa for her thoughtful and informative responses.  

Underground Interview – August 2017

What’s the most important item in your studio?

My chair. As a beader, I sit for hours on end and my chair is by far the most important thing in my studio.

What’s the last piece of art you purchased?

I constantly purchase small works but my last significant acquisition were my wrist tattoos. I exchanged a beaded necklace piece for the tattoos.

What piece of art do you wish you could have in your home?

Canadian Unity by Halin de Repentigny. His sense of humour paired with the beauty of his brush strokes is to die for.

What artist would you like to do a show with?

Joe Migwans or Halin de Repentigny or Lyn Fabio

What Northern artist excites you?

They all do in some respect however it is the work of Joyce Majiski, Dennis Shorty, Frances Oles, and Don Watts that inspire me, to name only a few!

What do you like to do after an art opening?

Go to sleep! Whether I'm planning an opening or being an artist in one I'm totally exhausted by the end of the evening.

What book should we read?

I don't read many books on artwork rather I enjoy following fiction as well as works written by Indigenous writers: Leanne Simpson, Janet Marie Rogers, or Vin Deloria.

What medium (other than the one you currently work with) would you like to master?

Sculpting

How do you know when a piece is finished?

They're never completely finished, there's always more that can be done. But the demand to show the public what I'm working on encourages me to "finish" pieces faster.

What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?

Because I spend so much time with each piece I grow to love each and every one. My most well known are The Shoe and The Pylon which I may consider some of my favourites. As I create more works I develop new favourites.

What’s a big art lesson you’ve learned in your career?

My career is just beginning so I'm sure there will be a lot more to learn but at the moment it's that observation of human interaction with your art helps to improve your work. Whether someone tells me directly to my face or if I overhear a conversation about my work, either encouraging or critical,  everything helps to learn how to attract the viewer and ultimately the buyer.

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