Suzanne Volmer joined the Artscope staff in spring 2012; what follows are portions of recent discussions she’s had with New England artists she’s covered during her nine years with the magazine. A sculptor, painter and installation artist in her own right, her art will be on view from March 24 through April 25 at the LaunchPad Gallery at Boston Sculptors Gallery.
WITH KENNY COLE (MONROE, MAINE)
YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MONUMENTAL GOUACHE DRAWINGS, HAVE COMPLETED A BOOKLET ILLUSTRATING TRUMP’S HISTORY OF TWEETS, AND HAVE BEEN SELLING ARTWORK THROUGH INSTAGRAM STEADILY IN 2020/21. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE ALIVE SO ODDLY, HAS THIS BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR YOU?
No, it has not been a good year! Increased online sales are a great show of support for my work, but not significant in terms of a measurable income. These sales are indicator[s] of people spending time online. My work is being seen more than in years past, which is great, but for the pieces that do not translate as well online as they do in person it’s a bit of a loss. Artists like me who live in peripheral rural settings depend on smaller, local venues to show work and socialize around the work in person. My last two major installations allowed physical interaction between the viewer and the works of art, so the experience of this work loses much of its effect as a video on a computer screen.