What's On Their Mind | August 2 - August 14 | featuring Georgina Lewis Print

untitled from the series spitting across an ocean
untitled from the series spitting across an ocean. Photo courtesy of the artist.

How long have you been working as an artist? How did you get into the business?

This is a tough one but I guess you could say about 15 years. But I think a lot of my work and interests are rooted in my childhood: my mom was a linguist and my dad was a philosopher who also liked photography. It took seeing Nan Goldin present her slideshow to start bringing it all together, to see how I could start to insert myself into the act of making.

In five words, describe your process.

Research, computers, write, make, instinct.

What does a typical workweek look like for you?

I’m a multitasker and I generally deal in small increments of time. Weekdays are usually pretty hectic but I squeeze in work on my art where I can. Sometimes I shoot photos on my lunch break or write notes on my iPhone while I’m walking down the street. Nights and weekends are my studio times. They’re when I get to retreat from my fractured world. The studio is where it all comes together. It’s like going into some other dimension where time stretches and I can focus. Currently I’m doing a lot of photography and image processing in Photoshop and I’m always moving prints around on my studio walls; exploring spatial and temporal relationships.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

What was your first rejection?

Discounting the curatorial position at Harvard that I didn’t get when I was 23 (!) I’d say my initial rejection from art school. I didn’t really have a portfolio I just knew I needed to be an artist. Luckily I kept going and applied again several years later. I guess I had a lesson to learn about desire vs. demonstration; how you show what’s inside of you to the world.

Why do you choose to make the BCA your artistic home?

When I was an undergrad at the Museum School looking for challenge and provocation in the Boston art world I found it at the Mills Gallery. During grad school I volunteered at the Mills and only then discovered the artist studios. Perfect! I love my studio, my wonderful artist colleagues, and the supportive and smart staff of the BCA. And the programming is still great. The BCA provides both a place that pulls me out of myself with lectures and shows and also a locus of contemplation and production (my studio).