In conjunction with 10/10: Reflections on a Decade of Exhibitions, we are interviewing Aldwyth, whose work was featured in the 2009 show called Work v. Work n.: Collage and Assemblage 1991-2009, which was the first exhibition in the Halsey Institute’s new space within the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts.
Learn more about Aldwyth here: www.aldwyth.com
Halsey Institute: What have you been up to since your exhibition at the Halsey in 2009-2010?
Aldwyth: I have been working on more collages.
HI: Did this exhibition and its tour have any effect on the way you create work at all?
A: No. I continue to work as I have.HI: What is the draw towards collage and assemblage for you?
A: What draws me to collage and assemblage is the action of searching and how the material dictates the way the work develops.HI: The exhibition text stated you live on the edge of a salt marsh in South Carolina – does where you live affect how you create work?
Other than creating a great work environment and being away from distractions, my home on the marsh is like any other home/studio. It keeps me mellow.HI: Your work often comments on the working process of artists; how have these processes changed over your own career? Is there anything different about being a working artist now as opposed to earlier in your career?
A: My process has changed in terms of the materials that I use, but the same approach that I use for my art remains the same. I use what is given to me, and I create. My workflow currently includes getting up early to walk on the beach and finishing when the sun comes up. I take a picture of sunrise, which I send to a few family members and friends. I then go home and work on my collages. Earlier in my career, I was a painter, then a bricolage artist but I now work primarily in collage.