On March 21st, I visited Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia to interview their college president, Cecelia Fitzgibbon, on my podcast show, Women Worldwide. After the interview, I was happy to get a tour of their beautiful campus. While walking around, one of the Moore students, Ava Mallett, who is earning her BFA degree in Fine Art, was working on her exhibit, the #WhisperMoore Bench. I was immediately interested in learning more about Ava and her artwork.
I was approached by the Director of Marketing and Communications for Moore last fall about potentially creating a backdrop for the Whisper Bench (which was donated to Moore some years ago) and once I was told that the bench had an interactive sound component I knew that I was going to incorporate that aspect in the design. Part of my studio practice includes black and white line drawings, and I decided this design would best compliment the bright spring clothing passersby would be wearing in the photos if there was a black and white design to make the colors pop. I was influenced by topographical maps for the design, using undulating lines to show the reverberation of sound from the silhouettes in the piece. I wanted to have figures in the piece to give a clear visual to the public about the additional function of the bench. The #WhisperMoore tag was decided by the Marketing and Communications department after I had submitted a preliminary version of the design and I’m excited to see what the response to the bench and the design is.
I’d argue that one does not get in a creative mood, the creative nature is always under the surface and will punch you in the face through moments of inspiration. I’d say what is more important for the artist is getting into a working mood, because if you don’t work then you don’t make and the creativity and inspiration is for naught. For me to get in a working mood I’ve got to be sitting in the studio for a while mapping out what needs to get done, then putting on music or Netflix (preferably on speakers, but since I have a shared studio space it’s normally headphones) and delving straight into whatever is next on the agenda. Also making sure I have slept and fed myself somewhat recently because working on no sleep and an empty stomach is never as productive as I wish it was.