This week, The Leonardo features Jann Haworth. She is an American artist and a sculptor who exhibits her work throughout the world. In addition to her exhibition in Utah, she is holding workshops with the public at the Leonardo during the entire month of January.
You don't want to miss this chance to create a collaborative art work with Haworth. Read our interview with the artist below.
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What inspired you to become an artist?
"My family, on both sides mother and father, have been in the arts—theatre, painters, textiles, music, 'inventors'—for five generations, so I wasn't going to be an artist. I did philosophy and literature as an undergraduate, then one moment picked up the phone, called my Mom and told her I was going to study art. Surprise surprise!"
How do you distinguish yourself from other artists?
"I use materials that are confrontational to the current 'acceptable' fine art materials and look at what most artists do for other rules to break."
What different media do you use for creating your work? What's your favorite and why?
"I use fabric for sculpture, which in the early '60s was unthinkable. I was told by Paolozzi to cast my work in bronze and then it would be acceptable, he thought. I didn't. And currently I'm using vinyl juxtaposed to fine art linen canvas. Trash and fine art. I really like the clear vinyl. It allows me to do two, three and four layered paintings, making the shapes in them shift in relation to one another as the viewer's position shifts. This brings real motion into the work."
What will you be doing during your time at the Leonardo? Why should people come see you?
"At the Leo, I will be doing collaborative work with the public. One piece that is nearly complete is a work that will travel from Salt Lake to London, Liverpool and Hamburg for a show about Stuart Sutcliffe, the 5th Beatle. It is the anniversary of his death, and he was a painter as well as a musician. The show will be of his work and other artists, including myself, who have been asked to create a work about him. My thought was to ask our Leo visitors to do their version of SS based on photos, and then I've reduced them in scale to make a crowd, referencing Sgt. Pepper (I was the co-designer on that cover), and then I put it together much as I did the original Sgt. Pepper cover."
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"Also I am starting a project—STILL no FUNDING—for a mural. The subject is Women's History. This would be a first in the US. I will ask our visitors first: Who would they put on such a mural? Where would they like to see it? I will then teach them how to do portraits using the stencil graffiti technique for portrait that was used on the the SLC Pepper mural on 400 West that I directed."
Do you sell prints of your artwork? How can people get in touch with you?
"If or when I have time to make a print, yes! Getting in touch: Come to the Leo, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
“The Lab” is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Leonardo is located at 209 E. 500 South, SLC. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for youth (6-17) and free for children five and under. More information about the Leonardo and Haworth's workshop schedule is available by calling 801-531-9800 or at theleonardo.org.