Aspen Art Tours Interview

Your name?

Reina Katzenberger // The Project Shop // creative

Brief personal presentation: Describe who you are, where you studied and what, how long have you been an artist for, how long have you been in Roaring Fork Valley and what brought you here.

Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, I am fathered by an earth systems scientist and founder of AGCI, John Katzenberger and mothered by artist Deb Jones, a community champion of art for all and founder of The Art Base. From the beginning, I have been raised with the belief that to learn and know something it is best done by doing, holding, breaking and pulling a thing apart, before putting it back together. Then, apply, discuss, learn and explore. My relationship and love of print and printmaking is squarely rooted in this learn by doing philosophy.

What is your artistic practice? What’s your next project?

My work ranges from design and digital arts to painting, drawing, letterpress, and mixed media installations. Over the past several years accruing a rather full print shop and with no formal training my goal has always been to keep the tradition alive and accessible to everyone while pushing and testing and celebrating the modern relevance of this universal art form. I argue there is no better way to share the synergicistc magic of image + idea than via print. Excited to share this with the public at The Project Shop.

What medium or mediums are your favourite?What are you currently working on?

Going to Bariloche, Argentina as part of the Aspen Sister City Artist Exchange to live and work with artists there and get some great collaborations going. Before I leave for the exchange in May I have 3 separate print editions due for National and Regional Print Exhibitions. Exploring the relationship of art and science has always been a steadfast starting point for my work so I am excited to be exploring that in the upcoming shows. Bauhaus Centennial print show, Bread and Roses looking at labor movement in the U.S. and western region as well as the Communities:West portfolio exhibition of printmakers with :”unyielding ties to the West. Also at the Project Shop we have our April limited edition wearable art shirt run to print and deliver to members (enrollment is open through 4/15).

Are there any ideas or concepts behind your work?

Finding the extraordinary in the common or overlooked thing. Even a seemingly mediocre object/thing/image has the potential to take one’s breath away if revealed in the right light. That moment when you are unexpectedly taken with something, think plastic bag in the wind… those moments are what i am almost always hungry for. Motto for my design company “We believe art has the power to suspend time, to inspire a second glance, a lingering thought, a nod, a smile, a deep breath. We celebrate the fundamental human acts of creating, feeling, giving, sharing, and making.”

What’s the best part about being an artist? What’s the worst part of it?

I’m grateful for moments of beauty and encountering visual interest in the world. I hope that the work I make contributes to that conversation. When idea and image combine to create something more than the individual concepts – well that is where the juice is and if i am lucky i am making juice. It is not always tasty but hopefully it is interesting. Hard part is letting go of it always being what you thought it would be, letting go of it being beautiful, or perfect, and just letting it be the creative process be honest, sometimes uncomfortable and vulnerable.

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