10 QUESTIONS WITH SERENA POTTER
I grew up in Culver City CA, drawing for as long as I can remember. I moved to Utah in junior high. Went to Cottey College for women after high school, located in Missouri, for my AA degree, then transferred to the University of Utah to complete a BFA in studio art and Spanish. After having lived in England and New Hampshire where I worked with local art associations and galleries, I moved back to California and attended Laguna College of Art and Design for an MFA. I currently mentor in their MFA program. I teach studio art and art history classes for National University and Mt. San Antonio College. I put most of my time into my studio, my family, exercising and making good vegan food.
PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW, 2018
1- What is different from your work than others when painting the figure now?
My work is a fusion of many influences, personal narrative, contemporary elements with Golden Illustrator color pallet, multiple figures and sub plots, leading to a unique aesthetic.
2- How important is process versus end results?
Process is essential and can take years of development before I even start painting. I often gather props, create my own, even paint backgrounds.
3- What is your ultimate goal when painting the figure?
To tell a story that will pull people into the painting, hold them there and evoke a response.
4 -What do you like best about your work?
I love that with each piece I feel a sense of accomplishment, like adding more weight to your work out and thinking, wow, I didn't know I could do that.
5- What do you do you like least about your work?
At times I do reach a point where I am ready to be done with it, but it isn't quite there yet, and I have to push through. I get impatient.
6 -Why the figure?
I love people, body language, facial expression. Using the figure is the most fulfilling way that I know of to tell the human story.
7- Which are your greatest influences?
Personal experience, 1940's and 50's film, Living in England for five years and being exposed to the artists, visual history and art there, literature.
8- What is your background?
Attended Cottey College for women, The University of Utah and Laguna College of Art and Design.
9- Name three artists you'd like to be compared to in history books.
Alfred Hitchcock, Norman Rockwell, F Scott Hess.
10- What is your favorite work in the exhibition besides your own and why?
The piece by OFELIA ANDRADES.
The activity and interaction between the figures and cat drew me in. It feels as though it is telling the story of the room and people who inhabit it through the day, a time laps, rather than a single moment. There is a narrative there, rather than just looking at a figure for the sake of the figure as object.