Colorado Creatives

­Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Danette Montoya

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Westword:If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Danette Montoya: Judy Pfaff. She is one of my personal heroes who has helped create and has stayed true to form with one of the most difficult mediums to find success in: art installation. I admire her ability to transcend the decades and still have relevancy. To put it simply, viewing her work makes me want to go directly home and make art. I imagine her "collages in space" would be a joy to make, an experience with the unexpected and an exercise in mindfulness.

­Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Every morning when I open my computer, I check out Colossal. I begin my day being inspired by the artists, designers and thinkers showcased there.
 Currently, my favorite is artist Andrea Mastrovito, who does these incredible installations with repurposed books. I'm a collage and assemblage girl myself, and I love to see what people are reimagining with their materials at hand. Most of the artists Colossal shares are doing something extraordinary and visionary. It's a great way to start your morning, because these artists take it to the next level and remind you that the visual arts can truly transcend.

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