Make/Work Episode 13: Vanesa Zendejas


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.

Zendejas photo

Listen to Episode 13 (and subscribe to Make/Work!) now in iTunes. Or, get the direct download. And you can now get Make/Work through Stitcher.

You can check out Vanesa’s work on her website.

Zendejas art

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.

Scott Pinkmountain is a writer and musician living in California. He is the creator and host of The History Channeler comedy podcast and has written for This American Life, A Public Space, HTMLGIANT, and other publications. He has also released dozens of albums of both instrumental music and songs including the recent No Country Music. He can be found at More from this author →