Tintamarre is a podcast of conversations focusing on creative processes of artists operating in an ever-changing contemporary art world, hosted by Jacob Todd Broussard. These conversations are interested in the ethos, functions, and variations of sustaining a creative life.
Jacob Todd Broussard is a visual artist currently based in New Haven, CT. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his MFA from the Yale School of Art.
During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, painters Julia Rooney and Maya Strauss continue to find ways of staying in touch at a distance by writing letters and sending each other works through the the mail. While graduate students at the Yale School of Art, Julia and Maya begin their correspondence on the occasion of a dual critique. During this evaluation, each artist presented her work in a shared critique space, but before jumping into the crit, the artists read a selection of the letters with which each slipped under their studio doors from the past month. This experiment has lead to further correspondences between the artists, allowing each to carve out a contemplative space for meandering within one’s own thoughts. In this conversation, we talk about running/walking, keeping a journal, graduate study, and the importance of touch within painting.
Julia Rooney at www.juliarooneystudio.com
Maya Strauss at www.mayastrauss.com & https://www.instagram.com/mstrawsy/
With a keen awareness of painting's material transformation, artist Leslie Martinez joins the podcast to speak about their work. Leslie was born in The Rio Grande Valley of the South Texas-Mexican border and raised in Dallas, Texas. They received an MFA from Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut in 2018 and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City in 2008. Their work in material abstraction explores notions of self-determination, embodiment, and futurity through the language and processes of transformation and discovery. Leslie Martinez is represented by And Now in Dallas, Texas where they currently live and work. After spending over a decade on the east coast, Leslie talks about their return back to their hometown of Dallas, Texas and “starting over” their entire practice. This homecoming provided Leslie a deeper understanding of self-determination: how do you rely on vision through limitation? We also talk about Dallas' art community and their decision not to move to a bigger art hub like Los Angeles and New York. We discuss their vital need for bewilderment in the studio, the inherently queer aspects of abstraction, and the importance of artistic resourcefulness ala Dolly Parton.
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Based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, painters Marissa Graziano and Samuel Guy each share their experiences of pursuing art and creating a project gallery space right in their New York apartment. Named after their neighborhood, Greene House Gallery threads various artist communities together through exhibitions and programming and extends itself as a meeting grounds for guest curators and friends. In this conversation, we talk about online exhibition workarounds during the pandemic, critical responses to putting work online, the low stakes of curating your own show, and doubt--all with the hopeful sentiment of "if you build it, they will come".
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Artists Africanus Okokon, José de Jesus Rodriguez, and Mariel Capanna join the podcast to hold a conversation about collective efforts on navigating collaboration through thematic dialogue, list-making, skillsets, and planned dinners. Each respected artist describes the decision to come together for a thesis exhibition, furthering their own investigations while students at the Yale School of Art. How do we create meaningful relationships among our creative peers? What environment fosters effective learning from colleagues? How do we create space for misalignment to happen within a group? All three artists share their thoughts on these questions while addressing the necessity and value of friendship.
In our conversation, I speak with Gerald Sheffield on his nomadic practice, occupying the margins, and giving in to facility in order to reach conceptual goals. Gerald’s work examines relationships to space, place, empathy, architecture, and nationalism. We talk about his time in the military, his decision to pursue art, and his work as Fulbright Fellow this past year.
Amaryllis deJesus Moleski's paintings and installations explore liminal spaces made of light and symbolism. Through her usage of cartoons, Amaryllis creates spaces and geographies that birth new origin stories exploring resurrection, femme materiality, queerness, and alternative ways of existence. In this conversation, we discuss her early upbringing moving around often, her love for comics and cartoons, and how much doubt became a teacher for her practice.
With the sharp eye for painterly application and the tight hand of a draftsman, painter Alex Jackson challenges notions of perception, representation, and measurement. His comprehensive understanding of color allows his work to take on new understandings of space, touch, and categorization. In this first episode, we talk about creative freedom through occupying one's own imagination inside the studio.
Tintamarre is a podcast of artist conversations focusing on creative processes. Starting in 2020, host Jacob Broussard will bring listeners in and outside of the studio from various makers in his community. Be on the lookout!