SFMOMA Volunteer Carol Levin
If you could use any special or rare material in your work, what would it be?
I would like to have the opportunity to directly print art work on found materials like old refrigerator doors, dead trees, or discarded auto parts- anything that would end up in a landfill or be burned at the side of the road. Unfortunately I do not own a digital printer or a press that can handle those sorts of items.
Do you ask anyone to give you feedback on a work in progress? If so, why did you chose that person/people?
I always ask people to respond to my work as I get so involved in the process of creating work that I no longer see it with a fresh eye. I usually text camera phone images to my kids and mother (she just got an iphone at age 75) for feedback. Also, my husband who sees the actual work often gives the best critique as he can be ruthlessly honest. Unfortunately he is a bit color blind but he does have a great eye for perspective.
What is the longest amount of time you have ever spent creating one work? What is the least?
I have created a few watercolor/gouache/pastel/ink drawings in less than an hour and have been extremely happy with the results. As far as my longest work, I have been working for the past two years on collecting source material along with taking courses (and self-education) to improve my own technical skills so I can hopefully create a powerful piece tying in the natural beauty of the bay area with the impact of industrialization. I have completed several small works in this area, but I think that there is more to come…
Do you have a funny or unusual technique?
I am a hands-on learner; I am very motivated by process. I come up with new techniques, try them out and make all the mistakes that you can imagine, and then realize that there was a YouTube video I could have watched on the topic.
What do you do to get over blocks to creativity?
I don’t have blocks to creativity. I just lack the time to do everything that I think of. I have several projects going on at once. I keep a list of new ideas on the note pad of my phone.