I stumbled across Georgia McCandlish’s work on Tumblr and completely fell in love with it! It is both vulnerable & brave, inspirational & irreverent. I knew I wanted to share it more than a measly Tumblr re-blog so I decided to interview her.
Interview With Georgia McCandlish
1. What is your: full name, age, current location?
My name is Georgia McCandlish. I’m 20 years old and I live most of the time in St. Louis, Missouri.
2. Did you // are you going to college?
Yep! I’m in St. Louis for university. I’m getting a BFA in Printmaking and a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
3. Who are the artists that have inspire you most?
I feel like there’s a huge range here – I’m really inspired by many of my peer artists, who I work with or am familiar with through the internet. I have a few more well-known favorites too. I am enthralled by Kiki Smith’s bronze castings and prints; I think her sculpture Lilith is one of my favorite pieces of art. I also really really love the work of Swoon, who does elaborate wheatpastes, and Monica Canilao, who makes these crazy dwellings out of trash. I also have a big soft spot for Artemisia Gentileschi if we’re going back to renaissance art history.
Oh what. This is so hard. I don’t know if I have those kinds of lists in my head anymore. I used to love Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, and it still makes me cry. So does My Life Without Me. Amelie was a big influence when I was a teenager. I also really love shitty horror films and superhero flicks.
5. What is your favorite item of clothing in your closet.
Still in my closet is my prom dress from senior year of high school. It’s a black velvet sheath that has huge puffy purple sleeves. I cost me $5. I don’t have anywhere to wear it but it might still be my favorite.
My peers on and off the internet, artistic activism, manneristic architecture, home and trying to find one, dreams and fantasy, love, loss and inner turmoil. the usual things.
I have no idea! Happy and healthy, still making work, inspired by however I make money, in the same vicinity as my best friend. If I could get famous and travel around the world to fascinating places on well-paid artist residencies, that would be cool too.
8. Current favorite song?
I have this tape that’s full of mashups of just Fugazi and Wu-Tang clan, and my favorite song on it is “Sleep Rules Everything Around Me”
I’m a printmaker and I’m still exploring/learning a lot about that right now, but I really like relief cuts. I also really just like drawing in charcoal. Most of my work on the internet is done in pen and ink.
I’m working on a series of prints that center around loss and spiritual rupture at the moment. On a different note I also have a project going where a friend and I are writing comic letters to each other and posting them up. We would like to composite them eventually into a book to distribute.
Well it’s definitely taken a more conceptual turn. I spent last semester abroad studying art and art history in Florence, Italy and coming back from that I feel like my work is much more situated in a lineage of artmaking than it was before. I also really just started printmaking in the last year, and learning the new processes is changing up my images a lot.
I’m still such a fledgling myself so any advice I have is advice I’m still working on. I guess I would say make a lot of things, even if they are shitty. Read books. Make something big or collaborate on something because both of those are hard but fun to do and you will be very proud of them.