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Jacklyn Brickman and Kathryn Logan Video Interview: Human Satellites

Jacklyn Brickman and Kathryn Logan talk about their collaboritive work in the Human Satellites // Vegetal Space // A Webscape Exploration exhibition. 

Interview conducted during the week of May 4th, 2020 by UAS Intern, Rebecca Irmen.

TranscriptionJacklyn and Kathryn Interview transcription.pdf


BFA Artists Group Video Interview: Chucen Chen, Julian Foglietti, and Lily Jones 

Chucen ChenJulian Foglietti, and Lily Jones talk about their work and participation in the Bachelor of Fine Arts senior Projects Exhibition on view online April 14-May 2, 2020.

Interview conducted during the week of April 20th, 2020 by UAS Intern, Genevieve Wagner. 

Transcription: BFA Panel Interview.pdf


BFA Artist Interview: Abby Walouke

Reflections from Ohio State, department of Art, BFA artist, Abby Walouke about her work and participation in the online BFA Senior Projects Exhibition.

Interview conducted during the week of April 20th, 2020 by UAS Interns, Rebecca Irmen and Genevieve Wagner. 

Please share with us your name, area of study, Instagram handle and website:

What is your area of emphasis? What draws you to your medium? How do you utilize the specific characteristics of your medium to express your idea?

"My areas of emphasis are motion graphics and digital illustration. I am drawn to these two mediums because they combine my love for traditional painting and drawing with graphic design. Through these two mediums, I have been able to create artwork on subjects ranging from animated sports-related projects for The OSU Athletic Department to illustrating a children’s book."

What are some of the ideas and concepts you are trying to flesh out through your artwork/practice? 

"Ideas that I explore in my artwork are to celebrate or represent another field in my work. Examples of artwork I have done incorporating heavy research of certain fields of practices include my senior thesis debuting at Urban Art Space’s online gallery, The Art of the Ghost at The Inn. I researched the history, politics, fashion, and social norms of Sweden and their storytelling culture. Other examples include a children’s book I am currently working on that is about autism. I watched documentaries and read articles about children with autism and how they interact with others in the classroom.

Concepts that I strive to exemplify in my work are color, storytelling, and gesture. I love incorporating color to provoke emotion and a mood response in the viewer. I have always been drawn to gesture work as well focusing on and capturing the details of human response. It has been a practice in the animation field to practice quick gesture drawing and it has taught me to exaggerate environments and body movements to tell a story in one stroke of a pen. The last concept I also enjoy creating are visual narratives mostly stemming from childhood memories with my family."

How has your practice changed/evolved over the course of your undergraduate studies?

"When I started college in 2015 through 2017, I was introduced to many different mediums and different ways to tell a story. I was overwhelmed because everything I learned I genuinely enjoyed; painting, charcoal drawing, product design, and animation among others.

When arriving at OSU, I began incorporating the subjects in my GE classes into my artwork. That inspired wanting to learn about other fields of study like ocean sciences, fairytales and folktales in literature, archeology, and cultural anthropology.

This practice drove me to be an animator and storyteller for OSU Athletics, learning about the culture around sports and its participants to better tell the story of OSU’s athletes. I also found that I love to teach others about art who wanted to learn while teaching junior high female students at an art camp. I taught them about storytelling and watched them learn and create in storyboard format, character designs and soon realized how much I love to see people get excited about the storytelling process."

Has there been any Dept of Art faculty or staff members (or other individuals) who have been especially influential in your development as an artist? 

"Maria Palazzi has been one of the strongest influences during my time as an artist, before and during my time at OSU. I met Maria four years ago when I was at Columbus College of Art and Design. Her art and research inspired me want to transfer to OSU and learn more about other fields of study. I have worked with her at ACCAD’s Summer Animation camp for female junior high students and she has been a continuous supporter and mentor of my art practice.

Both of my supervisors at OSU Athletics, Craig Brown and Russell Hoeflich, have also been influential having worked with both of them for almost two years. They create an atmosphere at our workplace that is based on collaboration, experimentation, and is similar to that of a classroom. All student interns are encouraged to be experimentative taking every opportunity to practice new ways to learn new artistic styles to impact the video department. I have learned that humility and learning from others’ feedback is a key to growth as designers, artists, and storytellers."

Have you had any specific experiences (whether in or outside the classroom) or research that shaped how or what you create?

"During my time at OSU, combining my GE classes with my position as a student intern for OSU  Athletics, contributed to my artistic focus. I want to make art to inform people about a subject or an event. How to create my art stemmed from learning about how other artists have done this in the past via many of my art history courses and a color theory class I took in the Fall of 2019 with Kristen Phipps."

Due to the current circumstances, what are you doing now in your art practice that you never imagined doing before?

"Due to COVID-19 and the quarantine, I have had so much time to draw. I decided to draw for myself, practicing gesture drawings outside in my sketchbook and learning methods of storytelling I otherwise may not have had the time to learn. I utilized Khan Academy to learn about environmental storytelling, a method of storytelling that theme park designers use. It then has sparked new ideas for future artmaking."

What is the most surprising but helpful thing you’ve learned about yourself as an artist in the last month?

"I love collaboration and feedback from others. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed that until it was taken away by the quarantine. Over zoom, a person can only focus so much and express a limited amount of enthusiasm." 

What do you envision for your work as an artist in the immediate and/or extended future? Do you have plans for how or where you would like to work?

"In the immediate future, I am continuing my work at OSU and envisioning what graduate school would look like possibly come Fall of 2021. In the extended future, I would love to collaborate with other artists of different skill sets and areas of expertise in a studio that utilizes the storytelling process."


BFA Artist Interview: Ellen Bartlett 

Reflections from Ohio State, department of Art, BFA artist, Ellen Bartlett about her work and participation in the online BFA Senior Projects Exhibition.

Interview conducted during the week of April 13th, 2020 by UAS Interns, Rebecca Irmen and Genevieve Wagner. 

Please share with us your name, area of study, Instagram handle and website:

What is your area of emphasis? What draws you to your medium? How do you utilize the specific characteristics of your medium to express your idea? 

"My area of emphasis is filmmaking and animation.  I love the intensive work of animation, because I can feel the love and care put into animations.  It is not a small task to express something through animation.  Any idea or movement put into the work, had to be carefully thought through, and important enough to show in this medium."

What are some of the ideas and concepts you are trying to flesh out through your artwork/practice?

"I tend to push my audience to be more aware of nature’s beauty and nature’s ability to bounce back. I think it is very important to keep our environment and our relationship with our environment in the front of our minds. Preservation, and restoration are the most important ideas I want people to walk away with. Be aware of how you affect plant life, animal life, and other human life. Be willing to change for the better."


More artist interviews and exhibition tours can be found on the Urban Arts Space Vimeo.