Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Marie Vlasic

Page 3 of 3

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

Well I wouldn't really call it a "trend," but I'd love to see the high-end art market stop manipulating art auctions and prices and turning art into pure commodity. It's getting a little ridiculous. My wish would be that collectors start buying more work from living artists and supporting careers instead of hanging another multimillion-dollar dead artist's painting on their wall. It would change everything.

As far as the art itself, I wouldn't want to see anything "die." There is a lot of art I don't "get," and even dislike greatly, but I fully support all forms of creativity and expression. You never know where it's going to lead, and that's a beautiful thing. On a personal note, I'd like to see art veer more towards skill- and talent-based work than pure concept. I'm old-fashioned. My preference is for highly skilled, beautiful work that makes me smile, but that's just my personal opinion. It's all good, truly.

What's your day job?

I am an artist. That's my "job." I do have a couple of part-time side gigs that help pay the bills. I've been a dog-sitter for about a year now, and I love it. It's the perfect side-job for me as I work at home and love dogs (I have two pugs of my own). I also write a DIY/Lifestyle blog, though this is as much to satisfy my inner alter-ego as anything else. (In another life I'm sure I was an interior and/or fashion designer.) It's a fun outlet for me. Even painters need a break from the easel sometimes.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

Ah, every artist's dream! I would paint, paint, paint! To be able to focus completely on creation without worrying about money or having to sell the work, that's the stuff. Complete artistic freedom. I have so many paintings in my head I want to do that it would take more than a lifetime to paint them all, and with the funds to cover the cost of living, I'd actually have a decent shot at getting most of them painted. I'd have to buy a big-ass live-work space, with some land for gardening and animals. I'd also love to create some large-scale sculptures.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

Grants and support for individual artists. Colorado is woefully behind in this regard. Low-cost (state subsidized?) studio spaces would be a great help as well.

Continue reading for more from Marie Vlasic.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
Contact: Susan Froyd