14 - Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz—Tapping into a Legacy of Body and Effort to Level the Playing Field


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Vivian Liddell and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Vivian Liddell and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

Peachy Keen headed down to Orlando, Florida for Spring Break and met up with local artist and educator Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. Bronx-born to Puerto Rican parents, Raimundi-Ortiz talks us through her teenage years attending the fabled “Fame” school (LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) and creating her Wepa Woman superheroine.

She explains how she got schooled at Skowhegan and Rutgers (hanging around with such highfalutin art-world characters as Robert Storr) where she learned to use her own body to tell her own story on her own terms as a performance artist. She breaks down how her hilarious "Ask Chuleta" character ended up on YouTube and we talk at length about teaching with what she calls "cultural spackle" to fill in the gaps that may be missing in students' education.

Ever wonder what to say when your Uber driver finds out you’re an artist and asks “What’s the big deal with Mondrian?” Raimundi-Ortiz knows how to walk the lines and switch the codes and she’s got your answer.

Studio view of work in progress from the Reinas (Queens) Series

Studio view of work in progress from the Reinas (Queens) Series

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz performance: The Pietà Project .

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz performance: The Pietà Project.

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz as "Ask Chuleta"

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz as "Ask Chuleta"

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Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery IDENTITY: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, SkittLeZMusicTV, Townie Tourist

Contemporary artists referenced in this episode: Abigail DeVille, Tara Donovan, Gabriel Orozco, Wangechi Mutu, Frank Stella, Sol LeWitt, Fred Wilson, Whitfield Lovell, Rackstraw Downes, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Nikki S. Lee, LaToya Ruby Frazier

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23 - KATIE HARGRAVE & MEREDITH LYNN—DRIVING IDEAS ON PUBLIC SPACE AND THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE / MARCH 25, 2019 Katie Hargrave ( @katie_hargrave_ ) is an artist and educator in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Meredith Lynn ( @meredithlauralynn ) is an artist and curator based in Tallahassee, Florida. Peachy Keen caught up with them in Chattanooga, where they were meeting up for the weekend to collaborate on a body of work for an upcoming exhibition at the Wiregrass Museum of Art that they first began exploring while at a Signal Fire residency in Oregon. - We talked about the shared interests that inform their collaborative work, including the accessibility and complexity of interactions that happen in public spaces, RV naming conventions, and how they’re both the type of people that go to historical sights and read every word on those ubiquitous markers. They explained how they created a camera obscura out of a van—creeping around campgrounds with windows covered in black vinyl—yet managed to avoid arrest. - We also weighed in on such heady topics as the place of an artist in academia, creating social criticism outside of geographic and political binaries, and the importance of self-reflection and deconstructing narratives. Have really enjoyed visiting with the arts community in Chattanooga over the past week and recording TWO new episodes! Look for Episode 23 soon with @katie_hargrave_ and @meredithlauralynn 🍑🤓🎤🎧This image is from the beautiful studio of @christinarenfervogel —we met up this morning and had a great time geeking out with some painting talk for episode 24... 💕🎨🎤🎧 Episode 22 is now live! - 🤓🍑🎤🎧🎨🎧🎤🍑🤓- 22 - CORRINA SEPHORA—TURNING MIDNIGHT DREAMS INTO REALITY Artist Corrina Sephora ( @corrinasephora.metalartist ) moved to Atlanta in the mid 90s after receiving her BFA in Sculpture and Metalsmithing from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and has stayed on to become an integral player in the Atlanta arts community, establishing a prosperous artistic practice in metal and other media.- - She tells Peachy Keen how she created her own apprenticeship program (looking up blacksmiths in the White Pages and refusing to take no for an answer), how local teachers and benefactors helped set her on the path to manage her own studio, and paints a picture of the gritty but thriving creative scene that was Atlanta in the 90s—when her neighbors included both artists (such as Radcliff Bailey and Danielle Roney) and guys that refurbished Mack trucks. - - We got into some discussion of how gender has and has not affected her trajectory in a career where women have been historically underrepresented, learned the ins and outs of moving a 3000 pound sculpture over a three story house, and covered some of the family backstory and artistic and cultural influences that play into her current exhibition: Between the Deep Blue Sea and the Universe. 21 - LIVING MELODY COLLECTIVE—HAYLEE ANNE & ANGELA BORTONE ON THE COLLECTIVE: WORKING TOGETHER /DECEMBER 17, 2018 Haylee Anne and Angela Bortone took a Twitter friendship to the next level, eventually joining forces with Jessica Caldas ( @zinkaproject ), Angela Davis Johnson ( @angeladjohnson ) and Danielle Deadwyler ( @danielledeadwyler ) to become the Living Melody Collective ( @livingmelodycollective ). This group of Atlanta-based, female-identifying artists is all about participating in and uplifting their community through creative projects. Peachy Keen chatted with Haylee Anne( @hayleekitties ) and Angela Bortone ( @angela_bortone ) on a Saturday morning amongst Haylee Ann’s cat babies—who added a few sound effects for this episode. We discussed the group’s commitment to provide support to each other (especially as artist parents) and some of their individual backgrounds before getting into the nitty-gritty: How did they come up with the design for their mural at the Center for Civil and Human Rights? What’s the deal with the school bus that they painted and are using to promote voter engagement? Check out this episode to find out. 20 - TOMMY MCCLURE SCANLIN—ON TEACHING, LEARNING & TAPESTRY /NOVEMBER 19, 2018 Artist Tommye Scanlin ( @bittersweettapestrystudio )sat down with Peachy Keen at her loom in her Dahlonega, Georgia, studio to discuss teaching, learning, and tapestry on the eve of her second retirement from teaching. We got deep into the history of the University of North Georgia art department, where she taught for 28 years and was appointed Professor Emerita in 2002. Raised by a single mother, Scanlin attended college on scholarships and learned early on to balance her teaching career with her artistic practice. She described the role that her teacher, mentor, and then-colleague Bob Owens played in shaping her career, and she passed on some serious teaching wisdom centered on the desire to learn and the willingness to make mistakes. Scanlin is a dedicated studio artist with a rigorous daily practice and uses her own paintings for inspiration as she creates large scale tapestries. She breaks down her process, how she arrives at her imagery, and how her paintings and tapestries relate to each other. When the studio gets too quiet, Scanlin listens to—what else?!—podcasts! She gives us a few recommendations. Talked to @hayleekitties and @angela_bortone of @livingmelodycollective in ATL this morning. Can’t wait to introduce y’all to this busy group of women artists working together with purpose on Episode 21 soon... 🤓🍑🎤🎧🎤🍑🤓 Caught up with artist and educator Tommye Scanlin ( @bittersweettapestrystudio ) in Dahlonega today! Check out our convo soon on episode 20 🎧🎤🤓🍑🤓🎤🎧

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