A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 47: Erin Riley

Episode 47: Erin Riley

Host Rachel Zucker talks with textile artist Erin Riley about how she started weaving, the importance of making work no one saw, promiscuity, risky behavior, addiction, how her work became more detailed and came to have more depth, learning things without learning them, pornography, selfies, the loss of meaning when images are repeated, slowing down, being deliberate, girlhood obsession with one’s body, yeast infections, UTIs, menstruation, using images of her own body in her tapestries, tattoos, long distance image-based relationships, the mental and physical stamina required to make tapestry, the pleasure of making tapestry, ego, velcro, labor, deliberately choosing not to do something in a traditional mode and the pushback from people who like to tell other people how to do things “right,” not behaving, non-erotic nudity, trichotillomania, representing things in tapestry, the mediation of reality that tapestry affords, the strength of vulnerability, dick pics, privacy, dildos, how skill can restrict the content, how to keep work from getting stagnant, not feeling responsible for other artist fellows and other wonderful things about meeting and being at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

EXTRA MATERIALS FROM EPISODE 47

Erin Riley’s CV and portfolio can be accessed here

Other Artists, Writers, Places, Schools and Makers Mentioned on the Episode

The MacDowell Colony

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Tyler School of Art at Temple University

 

 

Episode 48: Poets at MacDowell: Destiny Birdsong, Juleen Johnson, Jenny George, Eloisa Amezcua, & Amanda Galvan Huynh

Episode 48: Poets at MacDowell: Destiny Birdsong, Juleen Johnson, Jenny George, Eloisa Amezcua, & Amanda Galvan Huynh

Episode 46: Allison Parrish

Episode 46: Allison Parrish