I’ve been thinking a lot about the politics of art and who gets to make it, teach it, and consume it. The sabbatical structure is a unique privilege unprecedented in this capital economy, one feels the pull to make something radical out of the experience. As it was, like any other year, my radical behavior happened at a slow pace, in the studio, with a daily practice. I spent my year making watercolors, collages, and large works of art and showing occasionally. This happened alongside tending to my families’ daily domestic needs, reading, visiting Cape Cod, and the Smithsonian Museums in DC. Most importantly, I took many long walks with my dog and bicycle rides with my kid. I went to several artist’s residencies to find much needed solitude and nature to work and teach at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in coastal Maine, MacDowell in rural New Hampshire, and Penland School of Craft in the mountains of North Carolina. Additionally, I visited Graduate Painting & Textile programs to lecture about my art and work with students at University of Wisconsin Madison, Tufts University, and University of Wyoming. I have a solo project curated by Carla Acevedo Yates of the MCA Chicago, opening at the Armory in New York City, in early September. If you happen to be in NYC go check it out.
-Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Professor, Fiber and Material Studies, Painting and Drawing