18 Questions

We want to keep you connected with the art and artists of our time, and of our community. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more 18 Questions, featuring artists in St. Louis.

Cayce Zavaglia

A former Great Rivers Biennial award-winner, Cayce Zavaglia has expanded aesthetic and conceptual notions of embroidery, creating portraits that resemble classical oil paintings. Here she answers 18 Questions from Lisa Melandri, CAM Executive Director.

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Tim Portlock

Tim Portlock, one of the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial award-winners, plans to focus his fall exhibition on the failings of American optimism, as seen in the phenomenon of entire neighborhoods disintegrating and new developments taking root in the blink of an eye. Here he answers 18 Questions from Wassan Al-Khudhairi, CAM Chief Curator.

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Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is a multimedia artist, curator, composer, and electrical engineer. He was an artist-in-residence at CAM in 2013-14, where he curated Audible Interruptions, a series of site-specific sound installations that investigated the museum’s sonic identity.⁣ Here he answers 18 Questions from Jen Nugent, CAM Registrar.

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Esther Neff

Esther Neff is a teaching artist with CAM’s ArtReach program at Vashon High School, and led students in a stitching, quilting, and embroidery project for their 2020 exhibition in the Education Galleries. Here she answers 18 Questions from Miriam Ruiz, CAM School and Community Programs Manager.

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Rachel Youn

Rachel Youn, one of the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial award-winners, sources materials and objects from home décor stores and hours of online secondhand shopping. In the studio, these objects are transformed into kinetic pieces that are often times clumsy, erotic, and absurd, playing with the relationship between manufactured goods and spirituality. Here they answer 18 Questions from Misa Jeffereis, CAM Assistant Curator.

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Janie Stamm

Janie Stamm is a teaching artist with CAM’s LEAP Middle School Initiative program, and led students in an exploration of storytelling through Project Lost Island: students created 3-D imaginary islands using cardboard and papier-mâché, each accompanied by an illustrated zine that explained its unique ecosystem. Here she answers 18 Questions from Lauren Kellett, CAM Audience Development Manager.

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Sarah Paulsen

Sarah Paulsen, a former Great Rivers Biennial award-winner, is an artist, animator, filmmaker, and community organizer living and working in St. Louis. Here she answers 18 Questions from José Garza, CAM Museum Educator.

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Kahlil Robert Irving

Kahlil Robert Irving, one of the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial award-winners, observes how materials and emotions are linked. Through his practice he intends to break cultural rules that have been developed by colonialism, and aims to navigate and challenge those constructs through materials, form, and performance. Here he answers 18 Questions with José Garza, Museum Educator.

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