interview with
Donna Kuhn
1)What inspired this particular series of images?

I don't really get inspired. I just work. I have a very strong need to make things. I have to make faces all the time.  
 

2)I understand you make experimental videos. Could you tell us a little more about that?

I have made several videos incorporating dance, improv theater, poetry, sound and visual art. The sound is usually made on an effects processor and incorporates poetry, music, voice, kitchen utensils and baby toys. It's about the only time all my various art forms come together and feel whole.
 
    
3)Being a mixed-media artist working in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, mask and doll making is quite impressive. Is there any one particular medium you prefer to work in?

Drawing makes me feel peaceful, collage is another example of not having to choose betwwen forms as much and can include my writing as well. Painting is messy. If I was making a doll right now I'd say I prefer dolls. Lately I've been obsessed with making altered books. They're portable.
 
 
4)When starting a new art project, do you already have some preconceived idea of what it will be & how you want it to look? Or are you one of those artists who allow the spontaneity & mood of the moment dictate your approach?

I never have any idea what I'm going to do and I try really hard not to think about it. I suppose I might start a drawing thinking I'm in a sketchy mood as opposed to a line drawing mood or I miss making prints but art is my haven from thinking.  I find it scuh a relief to turn off the rational left brain mind and get lost in my art.

 
   
5)Creatively speaking, does your approach to art differ much from your approach to writing poetry? (Please explain how or how not)

My writing is collage with words. I write every morning and I usually do some type of art later in the day. They seem to balance each other out.  Sometimes I'd really rather be dancing because I get tired of sitting in chairs.
 
 
6)Has any particular poet, writer or artist had an influence on your own style?

I've been influenced by the Beat and Language School poets. I've been influenced by Anne Waldman, Picasso, Miro, Klee,Dubuffet, Martha Graham, Joni Mitchell. The experiments with cut-ups and chance by William Burroughs, John Cage,Merce Cunningham.
 

7)So what should we expect next from Donna Kuhn? Any projects in the works we should know about?

I'm awaiting my second chapbook "up bluen" from furniture press. I would like to exhibit my altered books and return to making videos. I'm also looking for a publisher for a book length collection of my poetry.

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