In Episode 13 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with artist Vanesa Zendejas. Recently, Zendejas has been dealing primarily with Modernist sculpture and her habit to decorate, perfect, and balance, which she says may or may not be related to being a woman.
Zendejas speaks about the value she gets from totally immersing herself in a community of artists and blurring the lines between her domestic and creative life. She also talks about growing up with a strong awareness of her Mexican-American heritage taught to her from her father who is a traditional communist painter, and her successful mother who expects her to “be smart” about the choices she makes.
If you don’t have other artists to talk to, you’re going to torture yourself. It’s hard to progress if you’re just thinking to yourself.
You can check out Vanesa’s work on her website.
Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice. In Make/Work, Scott will speak with emerging and established artists working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, and how they maintain their work over the long term. New episodes will be released every other Thursday.