The Creative Process

Episode 08 – Laura Swanson – Artist

On this episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with artist Laura Swanson.

Laura Swanson is an artist examining the behavior of looking at physical difference, working across various media including drawing, installation, photography, and sculpture. Born in Minneapolis, she received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include “Resistance”, presented at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery in New York in 2016. Her work will be featured on the cover and within “Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait”, published by I.B. Tauris in October 2017. An upcoming solo exhibition of new and recent work will be hosted by the Attenborough Arts Centre in the United Kingdom, opening September 2017. Her awards include grants and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program, and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation. She lives and works in New York, NY.

Episode 07 – Shannon Finnegan – Artist

On this episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with artist Shannon Finnegan.

Shannon Finnegan is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She works primarily in drawing and installation. Recent solo exhibitions include “Good Days & Bad Days” at Xiyi Gallery in Chengdu, China, “Should / Can’t” at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, NY and “DUEL” at OUTLET Fine Art in Brooklyn, NY. In 2014, she was a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and in 2015, won an Awesome Foundation grant for her collaborative project Sandwich Club.

Episode 06 – Breanne Trammell – Printmaker

On this episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with printmaker Breanne Trammell.

Breanne is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. Her work explores objects and icons from popular culture, the confluence of high brow and low brow, and mines from her personal history. It presents common experiences and awkward memories that we come to terms with, and commemorates these experiences through humor and playful formalism. Like a giant papier-mâché paper clip or letterpress-printed twitter posts. Objects, observations, and inescapable memories that may seem unimportant but are significant and make us who we are.

Episode 05 – Zora Murff – Photographer

On this episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with photographer Zora Murff.

Zora J Murff is an MFA student in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Zora attended the University of Iowa where he studied Photography and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora’s photography focuses on the experiences of youth in the juvenile justice system and the role of images in the correctional system; specifically how images are used to define individuals who are deemed criminals, and what happens when these definitions are abandoned or skewed. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and featured online including The British Journal of Photography and Wired Magazine’s Raw File. His work has also been published in VICE Magazine, GOOD Magazine, and PDN’s Emerging Photographer Magazine. Zora published his first monograph, Corrections, through Aint-Bad Editions in the Winter of 2015. You can order a copy here.

Episode 04 – Christa Blackwood – Photographer

On this episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with photographer, text and installation artist Christa Blackwood.

Her dream-like sequences and texts employ multiple techniques and methods, fusing traditional, historical and alternative processes with IPhone image-making and street installations. Blackwood received her MA in Studio Art from New York University and a BA in Classics from The University of Oklahoma. Her work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, NYQ, New York Newsday, The Village Voice and The Chicago Sun Times. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Episode 03 – Jennifer McClure – Photographer

On this episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with fine-art and documentary photographer Jennifer McClure.

She uses the camera to ask and answer questions. She is interested in appearances and absences, short stories, poetry, and movies without happy endings.  She has lectured at Fotofusion and at Columbia Teacher’s College, and her work has been featured in publications such as Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, The Photo Review, and Photo District News among others. She was recommended by our last guest photographer Samantha Geballe.

Episode 02 – Samantha Geballe – Photographer

On this episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with fine-art photographer Samantha Geballe.

Currently, Samantha’s work focuses on conceptual portraiture, allowing her to explore human emotion from the inside out. She is working on an on-going self-portrait series focused on body image and healing that challenges viewers to question what is means to accept oneself.  She was recommended by our first guest, photographer Brooke Shaden.

Episode 01 – Brooke Shaden – Photographer

On the inaugural episode of The Creative Process, Dave Hopper speaks with fine-art photographer Brooke Shaden.

Along with being a photographer, Brooke is also a speaker and an author.  Her fine-art work has been exhibited and published numerous times and she creates fantastic realities with her frames.  She’s on a mission to share compassion and create joy and she was kind enough to join me for the inaugural episode.