Update: Danielle arrived yesterday. Danielle Mysliwiec, assistant professor in the art department at American University, has arrived for a seven-day artist’s residency at Two Coats of Paint. Mysliewiec is no stranger to New York. She earned her MFA at Hunter, had a solo show in 2015 at Novella Gallery, and has been in recent group shows at Transmitter and Mixed Greens. Her monochromatic paintings feature densely woven threads of paint that remind me of the chain mail from the Arms and Armor Collection at the Met. I asked her via email about her plans for the residency.
[Image at top: Danielle Mysliwiec in her DC-area studio.]
Two Coats of Paint: What will you be doing with your week in New York?
Danielle: I lived here for ten years so it’s hard to come for one week. My list is completely unrealistic. The biggest thing I miss, having moved away, is my community here. So my priorities are seeing artist friends, having them to the studio, visiting their studios to see the work in person, and having some good meaty conversations again. Those things by themselves feel like they could take up three months, but of course I also want to see gallery and museum shows, hoard materials I can only get from my favorite spots in the city, walk a lot, eat a lot, hear some good music, and enjoy the spontaneity of the city. But then the thought of all that exhausts me and I think I should really just come sit in this space for seven days and look out these fantastic windows over the water and contemplate turning 40 next week. Take stock.
Two Coats of Paint: What did you bring for the studio and what are you working on right now?
Danielle: I was invited to do an edition of prints at The Wassaic Project this past fall and I’ve brought a bunch of monoprints and some small editions that I made there. I’ve also brought some recent works on paper from my studio. I’m in that stage of the process where I’m reading, thinking, looking, and waiting a bit for something magnetic to capture and hold my attention. Two weeks from now I’ll be headed up to the Vermont Studio Center where I received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship for a one-month residency, so I’m also using this time of intensive conversation, material accumulation, exposure to shows, and input to build momentum and focus for that time.
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