Friday, March 1, 2024


“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.” -Honore de Balzac

Humans relate. To one another, to our surroundings, to information we receive. We are, for the most part, wired to express and react to those things that go on outside the boundaries of our person. This can be anything from the smallest nod to a neighbor to the way in which we fit into society as a whole.

Andrea Wright lives and works in Bath, England, a heritage city with antique and ancient buildings surrounded by rolling countryside. The arts scene in Bath differs greatly from London. It is less “urban and edgy” but there is an artistic presence in the city. It is also far more affordable than London in terms of cost of living and studio space. At present, Wright is working on two upcoming group exhibitions – one is a drawing festival for which she is providing a sculptural element. For the other she is fabricating display structures from which she can hang draped fabric elements. Wright also teaches a spatial drawing workshop. To hear more about all of these projects and more, listen to the complete interview.

Patricia Thornley recently exhibited at Smack Mellon in New York. THIS IS US took many forms including The Western which was the iteration at Smack Mellon. The project grew out of Thornley’s desire to create a project she could “live” incorporating the many parts of her life and examining culture all while combining media. Thornley works in both visual media and music and for this long form project acted as filmmaker, photographer, videographer and more. To hear more about this many-year project, including details on The Western, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

We mustn’t forget, even in moments of deep and desired isolation, that eventually all humans need one another.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Andrea Wright is reading Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Banesh. Patricia Thornley is reading Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann.

The Crossing Borders program invites authors, filmmakers and photographers to apply for the opportunity to reflect their impact on different cultures and societies through their work. Those working on a new project who are interested in taking a research trip are encouraged to apply. For full details, visit the website. Deadline is October 31.


Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

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