RoCoCo Artist Statement
Our collaboration began with a conversation about creativity and culture in the Bay Area. Since then it has evolved to include such topics as gentrification, forgiveness, intention, and the act of silencing. Each project begins with conversations of current events, which help determine a framework and materials from which to begin. We share an obsessive love for materials – strings, mass, edges, and lightness. Materials connote content: everything has a memory, a history, and a potential. Materials can transform and are reassigned meaning through the space they occupy. This becomes our shared new vocabulary.
Our interest is to connect important human dilemmas to the quietude of repetition. We see the importance of meditative states, as well as connected stories, in our process. For us, an intriguing part of being a collaborative team is that the quiet of our solo practices is beautifully disrupted by the need to communicate with one another. Within this collaboration we find ourselves pulled to each other’s aesthetics. Rather than coveting one another’s practice, we have invited each other into an exchange that resolves this issue. The result is an openness to respond on the fly, to set aside personal requirements, to relinquish the individual, and to appreciate a production that could not happen on its own.
Photo credit: Kathleen King, Mercury 20 Gallery
Collaborative Studio Process Statement:
We are open to the words.
We are open to the materials.
We are open to the process of making our work.
It all begins with a conversation. Brainstorms lead to research, and the path of our creative process begins to take shape. We take stock of the inventory in our respective studios, gathering additional material in our homes; and sometimes on walks or in the street. When we have accumulated enough ideas and homework for each other, we depart to the solitude of our own studios and send each other examples of our experiments. With words and photos, the conversation exchange includes emails, phone calls, but mostly texting.
Conversing throughout the project, we each begin to reconsider, borrow and merge our ideas and materials. We make the connection with our own individual materials and vocabularies. At a certain point it becomes necessary to occupy the same space at the same time. Thus ends any urgent personal “must-haves,” while all individual materials and vocabularies become ours. At this point forward, the dividing line of authorship between us encircles us. The entire process leads to the understanding that it is not one or the other that is more important, but it is the interaction that formulates the final installation.