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5 Questions with Sangram Majumdar

Vermont Studio Center: Do you have any routines or rituals while you work? 
Sangram Majumdar: Somewhat. I tend to listen to something most of my day in the studio. WNYC is on at least for part of the day, and other times it’s music. Oh, and I have a studio uniform. I do the “Mr. Rogers” bit, where I change my outfit when I get into the studio. Also, I try to keep dark chocolate in my studio. It’s the answer to anything.
VSC: What material/tool/item could you not work without?
SM: I’m not actually attached to anything in my studio since everything either runs out or breaks, and therefore has to be remade. But I do tend to have “trusty” palette knives which are trickier to replace than one would think.
VSC: What medium outside of your own influences you the most?
SM: Movies, books, and sometimes things I hear on NPR. 
VSC: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 
SM: Most of the artists/teachers I have felt a kinship to have/had a strong studio practice. So in essence I take that as advice. I tend to think that nothing happens until you do something and all ideas are valid. 

VSC: Karaoke is a Saturday night tradition at VSC. If you could choose any song ever written, what would your dream karaoke performance be? 
SM: That’s a tough one. Karaoke scares me profoundly. 

Sangram Majumdar is a painter based out of New York. He was a Visiting Artist in July, 2014

5 Questions with Evie Shockley

The Vermont Studio Center: Do you have any routines or rituals while you work?
Evie Shockley:  Nothing that I observe superstitiously, but there’s probably an unconscious routine involved in the way I put together comfy chair/couch + something hot or cold to drink (depending on the season) + something inviting to write on/in.  This combo will allow me to dig in and stay with it for awhile.

VSC: What material/tool/item could you not work without?
ES: I believe in writing whenever, wherever, however, if the words start coming.  Poets have to make do with what’s on hand — you can’t lose the poem!  But I’m really only happy writing (first drafts, which I do in long hand) when I have a smooth-flowing, super-fine-point, black gel pen.

VSC: What medium outside of your own influences you the most?
ES:  For a long time I would have said music, hands down, but increasingly visual art (painting, sculpture, collage, in particular) is equally important to my poetry.

VSC: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
ES: I’ve received a lot of good advice over the years, fortunately, but here’s one of the best guides with the widest application: You don’t have to know everything; you just have to ask the right questions.  Corollary: Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

VSC: Karaoke is a Saturday night tradition at VSC. If you could choose any song ever written, what would your dream karaoke performance be?
ES: I’ve never done Karaoke, sadly.  Is the point for me to sound good doing it?  Or just to enjoy the fantasy of performing a favorite song?  If the latter, I’d say something by Prince: “Adore” or “Darling Nikki” or “Strange Relationship,” “Erotic City,” “Purple Rain” — there’s really nothing of his I wouldn’t love to sing, though I don’t think I could “do” Prince.  Also in this category: Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” and Whitney Houston’s “You Give Good Love.”  If I have to imagine having the voice to pull it off, then maybe Joni Mitchell’s “Court & Spark,” Anita Baker’s “Good Love,” Cassandra Wilson’s version of “Take the Last Train to Clarksville,” or Sting’s “The Lazarus Heart.”  Honestly, I think if I started doing Karaoke, you might never be able to get me to stop.

Evie Shockley is a poet and professor. She was a Visiting Writer at VSC in July 2014. 

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Congratulations to VSC staff artist Jake Nussbaum on his great show in Gallery 2!  (at Vermont Studio Center)
Congratulations to VSC staff artist Jake Nussbaum on his great show in Gallery 2!  (at Vermont Studio Center)

Congratulations to VSC staff artist Jake Nussbaum on his great show in Gallery 2! (at Vermont Studio Center)

Jake Nussbaum is a staff artist here at VSC. As part of his project SIGHTSEEING, he takes resident writer Vicente Lozano on a tour of the security cameras of our town Johnson, VT. 

Jake Nussbaum will be having an openning reception for his solo exhibition FIELD GUIDE, which includes new sculpture, writing, photography, video, mapping, costume, and installation.

7pm at Gallery 2 in Wolf Kahn. 

June resident, Jennie Thwing, made this animation with fellow resident John Norris using the well known clothing closet in Kahn.

While in residence, Jennie worked on “The Home Project”. It is a series of stop motion animations that address the subject of “home.” Using stories that she gathered from the public, she created visual animated metaphors.

John is an artist who uses different personaes in his artwork. His story about home is about his artistic process.