For this episode of brave space, I met with multidisciplinary artist Kaitlyn Tucek in her home studio in Denver. Kaitlyn and I met this summer at a beer festival, but this was the first time we really dove into a conversation. We chat about her personal history as an artist, her work for various museums, and her experience as a transplant from New York City.
Into, Acrylic, graphite, pastel, and wool on canvas, 16” x 20” (top)
The Sublime and Moving Space Between, Acrylic, ink, paper, graphite and thread on paper, 22” x 30” (middle)
She Was Weightless, Acrylic, graphite, pastel on canvas, 16” x 20” (bottom)
photos by Matt Tripodi
We chat about her family life, her children’s involvement in art and creative projects, and Kaitlyn's upbringing. Later, we ask the question, "How do you allow someone to have their own experience walking through a gallery, but also as an artist be allowed to tell your own story?" We talk about how this relates to accessibility of art. Kaitlyn says that ultimately, her goal is for each and every person to feel like they belong in the art world, and the only way to do this is to give people the tools they need to feel that way. Kaitlyn was an elementary school art teacher, so we also talk a bit about our teachers growing up and how much they inspired us.
We Are Not Here To Do What Has Already Been Done, Install at ATC DEN 2018, Graphite and thread on paper, 14’ x 20’ photo by Sara Ford (top)
The Monolith Diptych, Acrylic, graphite, wool on panel, 36” x 48” each panel, 72” x 96” spread, photo by Matt Tripodi (bottom)
Lastly, we talk about Kaitlyn's current inspirations, which include looking at sunsets from the vantage point of her home, thinking about underpaintings, and how food and company go together. She has a show at Alto Gallery in Denver that we discuss in this episode; it opens on December 7th, 2018, and if you're in the Denver area you should definitely check it out!
The flyer for Kaitlyn's upcoming show
Thanks again to Kaitlyn Tucek for talking with me for this episode and welcoming me into her home. For more information on Kaitlyn and her work, visit her website and Instagram.
The first and last photo on this post are by Sara Ford.