We are switching it up this week. Instead of a writer, we have the very talented artist, Savannah Loebig. We featured her art back in January 2017. We got a chance to catch up with her and ask her a few questions about her process and what she’s working on now.
What inspires you the most?
There are a lot of things that inspire me. I can be inspired by how nice the day is or how well my plants are growing, but I can also be inspired by things I hear in the news and stories of other women. When I hear about other peoples struggles I’m reminded of my own and I’m able to use that in order to think about myself from a different perspective.
Who are your favorite women artists?
Oh my god there are so many. I love Sally Hewett, Stephanie Law, Caledonia Curry (Swoon), Soey Milk, Bunnie Reiss, Jaw Cooper, Lauren Brevner, Kelsey Beckett, Paloma Smith, the list could go on forever.
What does your process look like?
I’m constantly looking at art and getting inspiration on a daily basis. I have a folder with thousands of pictures of things that I find interesting. I wish I could say that I create every day but I don’t. I have a million different interests and things I want to do but I just have to take it one day at a time.
What advice do you have for fellow women artists?
My advice would be to work as much as you can and to be involved in the local art scene. Also be aware what other artists are doing so that you can be as informed as possible when making your own work. Have a thick skin and apply to all the shows around you that fit with your work and go to gallery openings to meet people.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on developing a body of work having to do with the female body and constraints surrounding it.
My grandmother resurrects in flapping laundry, sheets
snapped to rectangles, then precisely folded. Her whites
a science of starch and bleach, she believed
in the household arts as daily practice, her love,
the perfect meeting of corners. Wherever she is now,
she knows I am apostate, all loads grey and hung
or shelved, once dry, still wrinkled. Bad as I am
at the task, I’m the best of my house.
At least for me, winter shirts open into caesura.
(after Laura Page “Winter Shirt”)
Devon Balwit teaches in Portland, OR. She has six chapbooks and two collections out or forthcoming. Her individual poems can be found here as well as in Cordite, The Ekphrastic Review, Poets Reading the News, Posit, and more.
Laura Page is a poet and artist from the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Crab Creek Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal. The Rumpus, TINGE, and others. Her chapbook, epithalamium, was named the winner of Sundress Publications’ 2017 chapbook contest and is now available as an ebook. Her paintings have been featured recently in A-Minor Magazine, Long Exposure, and TheIndianapolis Review.
Kate Salvi has had her photography published and exhibited both internationally and locally in her hometown of Providence, RI. After winning the People’s Choice Award at Chabot Fine Art Gallery in Providence, she decided to expand her photo greeting card business and they are now sold in 13 shops including the Rhode Island School of Design Store. Kate hopes to continue exhibiting worldwide.