Carrie Kaser – Albuquerque, New Mexico

 Policy Makers (Tuesday, June 26), 2012

“Policy Makers (Tuesday, June 26),” 2012, Ink Pen on Paper
30 X 22 Inches

Briefly describe the work you do.

I was trained in printmaking, but I also love drawing and painting. Some of my recent work explores ideas related to technology, media, and the changing perception of time..

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.

I grew up in western Colorado, and I now live in New Mexico.  I think that growing up in an environment closely connected to nature influenced my fascination with the world of fast-moving information that is becoming more and more a part of our lives.

The concept of the “artist studio” has a broad range of meanings, especially in contemporary practice. The idea of the artist toiling away alone in a room may not necessarily reflect what many artists do from day to day anymore. Describe your studio practice and how it differs from (or is the same as) traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

My studio is my home, so being at home and being at the studio are the same thing. I like that. My studio practice tend to involve a fair amount of research and narrowing down ideas (my sketchbook is mostly idea mapping) followed by intense periods of making. I like to know all about an idea and create work that is generated by learning.

Winning Your Vote (McCain/Obama)

“Winning Your Vote (McCain/Obama),” 2012, Acrylic Paint on Panel, 12 X 16 inches

What unique roles do you see yourself as the artist playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

I wanted to be an artist from the time I was a small child. I have always loved the freedom of drawing, creating, and inventing without any rules. I am sure I didn’t envision the nuts and bolts practicalities — keeping thing organized, meeting deadlines, taxes. Another role I play as an artist is that of a teacher. It was not until quite recently that I began to understand how important teaching is to my art practice.

"Daily Document (No. 1 - 7),"

“Daily Document (No. 1 – 7),” 2011, Ink Pen on Paper, 72″ X 13″ each

When do you find is the best time of day to make art? Do you have time set aside every day, every week or do you just work whenever you can? 

Mid-morning is the best time of day for me to make art. It would be great if every day could begin slowly, making art through the middle part of the day and winding down in the evening. But my reality is much busier, so I try to fit it in when I can.

How has your work changed in the last five years? How is it the same?

My work is evolving right now. I recently moved back to New Mexico after being away for a couple of years, and there is something quite unique and powerful about the landscape and nature here. I’m still figuring out where I’m going with it, but my focus is shifting away from the buzz of information, politics, and technological saturation which has been my focus for the last few years.



Are there people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers or even pop icons that have had an impact on the work you do?

My parents deserve a lot of credit for always supporting and encouraging my creativity. When I was young, they had a dedicated kid’s art room with a large table for creating art and plenty of art supplies. I remember it as a sunny kid-only space where we could go to make things. I think this has a lot to do with my interest in art.

If you had an occupation outside of being an artist, what would that be and why?

I love making art, but I also really enjoy teaching. Outside of being an artist my other occupation is teaching. I love sharing knowledge and encouraging others to be creative.


All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 



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