Margaret Neumann: Francisco Goya, Philip Guston, Kiki Smith, Huma Bhabha, Clark Richert, John Fudge, Francesca Woodman, a video artist named Gelare Khohshgozaran that I saw at the Hammer Museum in their recent biennial. All of these artists share a deep sense of humanity and an exploration of the difficulties of being human.
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, John Lennon. There are really so many people who interest me. I was a clinical social worker and practiced psychotherapy since before water was invented, and there is one thing that I learned: Everybody has an interesting story. You have to ask the right questions and then listen to the answers. There are no people who do not interest me. I pulled those three names out of my brain because I admire their ideas and their courage, but essentially, I believe that everyone has something to offer.
The art world, like the rest of the world’s, is flat. I see no hierarchical styles or emerging giants in our field. This is good, as it equalizes the playing field, but it is difficult inasmuch as there are no leading lights to follow.
How about globally?
Art mirrors the rest of society, so we are also in a time of flux, dealing with the expansion of cyber-reality and what it means to the average person. In film, I'm beginning to wonder if the importance of the actor is a thing of the past, because the use of virtual reality and computer backgrounds is changing the need for the individual.
I’ve done most of what I want to do, but there is also the next door that is slightly ajar.
Suzie Katz, Mark Fitzsimmons, Sarah Wallace Scott. These are artists who have some recognition, but I think that they are good enough to have more notice. Suzie is a landscape artist whose work has the beauty of Hockney and represents her interest in the world of nature, Mark represents his traumatic experience as a medic in the Iraq-Afghani wars, and Sarah Scott is a sculptor who works with animals — and who doesn’t like animals.
What Lies Between: A Margaret Neumann Retrospective runs through January 6 at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street. Neumann will give an artist talk in the gallery on Friday, December 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn more at the RedLine website.
Keep up with Margaret Neumann and her work on her website and at Rule Gallery online.