PLUCK!

Clockwise from top left, Tara Hagen (the antithesis of Oscar the Grouch), Tatyana Nadtochey (snoozes in cubbies), Jenn Bratovich (photogenic even with copper plates for eyes), and Anna Haglin (needs to dry up).

Clockwise from top left, Tara Hagen (the antithesis of Oscar the Grouch), Tatyana Nadtochey (snoozes in cubbies), Jenn Bratovich (photogenic even with copper plates for eyes), and Anna Haglin (needs to dry up).

In January, we moved to the thick, Mid-Hudson forest. We traded internet connection and cell reception for communal meals and card games, knowing that at the end of our six-month WSW internship we would have a handful of new friends and fresh artwork. Easy as pie, right?

By pi day, we were chili-bowled over, exhausted, and had yet to make our own work. Artist-in-residence, Katie Baldwin came to our rescue. She sent us a care package complete with popcorn (for the humor in this, see her book Treasure), chocolate soy milk, and two pages of assignments. We read Judy Chicago! We went to the Whitney Biennial! We attempted to make one hundred drawings in one week! At the end of that week, we held an informal critique with friends. We avoided what Katie called “traditional critical issues such as form, line composition, color, etc.” Instead, we helped one another select drawings with “presence.” These drawings became inspiration for themed work; all we needed was to stop dwelling in our heads and start working from our guts. We needed pluck.

WSW Studio Manager, Chris Petrone chooses which of Tatyana Nadtochey's drawings have presence.

WSW Studio Manager, Chris Petrone chooses which of Tatyana Nadtochey's drawings have presence.

It’s now the fifth month of our internship. Thanks to good pluck, we’ve done it. We’ve worked on artists’ projects from nine to five, and come back to the studio to make our art until midnight. On Friday, May 4th, from 7pm to 9pm, you’re invited to see what we have to show for it.
P L U C K ! will be on display at the Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery May 4th-May 30th.

Add a comment