Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yvonne Porcella - Modesto & Arnold, CA

1. What do you call yourself - art wise? I am an artist and create original art quilts using a variety of fabrics and techniques. Through out my career, my work has been exhibited in many national and international exhibits and collected by public institutions and private collectors.
2. How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump? I experiment with a small work, using a new color scheme or different technique.
3. If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art? Contact Museums for exhibits and donations.
4. Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.? I do have sketch books but I do not currently post daily thoughts or new concepts in a journal. I took a year off from my routine of a daily journal.
5. Where can people see your other work this year? My retrospective at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles has closed in January; Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University March to May 2011; Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, April to July 2011; Mistlin Gallery Modesto, CA month of April 2011; C&T Publishing POD books; permanent installation at St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, CA Hayes at Stanyan Sts., framed art quilt located in Oncology Department; SAQA Gallery pages, www.saqa.com; Beneath The Surface, International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati OH, April 2011.
6. Do you teach? where? on a cruise to the Baltic, May 2011; Camarillo Quilt Guild, November 2011.
7. Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why? I have many artist books that I refer to often: Stuart Davis, Jim Dine, Wayne Thiebald, Ivan Bilibin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Miriam Schapiro, Hundertwasser.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday? Invitational one person show at any New York or San Francisco museum.
9. Describe your studio workspace. I am fortunate to have a beautiful large studio in a remote area with few distractions. All my supplies are there and easily accessible, and I have time to play!
10. What 3 tools could you not live without? Bernina Sewing Machine, Olfa rotary cutter/mat, scissors

11. What drives you to make the work that you do? I have the luxury of time, space, and ideas and after years of success, I fully commit myself to making art because it defines who I am
12. How do you balance your life? I have two places where I can live, one has a large studio where I work, the other has archival storage and access to stores. New supplies are not available near my studio so I spend one to two days a week stocking up on what I need, visiting friends, enjoying driving on remote roads and contemplating new ideas.

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