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Why I Make Art: Contemporary Artists' Stories About Life & Work

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Thirty illuminating profiles of working artists sharing the influences and experiences that inspire them to create art in America today

This compelling volume explores the practices and life stories of artists across multiple mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture and land art. Offering readers an intimate, contemplative view of each remarkable creator, Why I Make Art examines themes as varied as music and skateboarding, immigration and statelessness, community and identity. Gathered from the archives of Sound & Vision, a podcast directed by American artist and educator Brian Alfred, Why I Make Art presents interviews with artists conducted between 2016 and 2020--four tumultuous years in America and around the world.

Artists include : Diana Al-Hadid, Dove Bradshaw, Gregory Crewdson, Heather Day, Jules de Balincourt, Inka Essenhigh, Amir Fallah, Louis Fratino, Karel Funk, Dominique Fung, vanessa german, Allison Janae Hamilton, Loie Hollowell, Kahlil Robert Irving, Clinton King, Chris Martin, Tony Matelli, Tomokasu Matsuyama, Geoff McFetridge, Maysha Mohamedi, Liz Nielsen, Helen O'Leary, Carl Ostendarp, Hilary Pecis, Erin M. Riley, James Siena, Devan Shimoyama, Cauleen Smith, Salman Toor, Robin F. Williams and more. From the Archives of Sound Vision by Brian Alfred. 

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