Come check out Mara's work, and see what she has to say about finding inspiration, moving from NYC to VA, and balancing art and motherhood.
Mara Sprafkin: I don't remember a time in my life without art. I have always loved art and making things. One of my earliest memories is the coloring/drawing table at preschool. I could have sat and colored at that table there for hours. And to this day if you left me alone with a few markers and a stack of paper I would be content.
MS: I'm inspired by so many things. I feel more inspired than ever and I think it is because I hardly have as much time to work as I would like. Everything that I see, hear and do implants itself into my consciousness and subconsciousness and when I can find time to sit down and work, it is the way I process it all. Perhaps the toughest aspect of my work is being able to reign it all in. I sometimes wish I could do everything at once. Working for me is a process and a puzzle. I don't always know what is going to happen.
MS: I feel very lucky to be an artist in Charlottesville. When I left NYC five years ago it was really hard. However with the availability to share images, imagery and ideas over the internet, I didn't feel as far away from everything I left behind. And on the flip side I have more space here, a two second commute to my studio since it is in my home and life is slower and quieter here. I have more time to be in my own head space and for me that is important. Of course at times it was too quiet and I realized there were other artists and makers like myself that were also working in isolation. Fast forward and two years ago, along with my trusty assistant Paul and The New City Art Exchange, we started an annual Artist Art Exchange to help connect artists living and working here and the community that we are building is really spectacular. I am continuously honored to be able to do what I love, alongside the creative and supportive company that I have found in Charlottesville.
Thank you, Mara, for spending some time with me today! I love what you're doing, and I'm thrilled we got a chance to talk about your work.