Saturday, October 1, 2016

Interview with Sally Eppstein. Artist, jewelry maker and current WCAGA President.

1. Who are you and what do you do, and what is your background?
I was born in Augusta, Ga and considered myself an army brat since my West Point graduate dad retired when he was 53 and I was just three.  I grew up visiting  the campus of Augusta College where he taught accounting as a second career. My sister who is 17 years older  and my three brothers lived around the world but I believe there are pros and cons to how we were both raised.
Food and art are my main two loves. I debated about going to culinary school or to art school and art won because I knew I wanted a family and I did not want to work restaurant hours while I raised a family.
I went to Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for an associates in jewelry and received my BFA from Augusta College that is now call Augusta State University.

2. What's integral to your art and or art career?
Peace and quiet. When I lived by myself before I got married, I was quite prolific but since I have been married and raising my son and step kids I have found it harder to be as focused on my art as I would like. My youngest will be going off to college soon and I am looking forward to being prolific again.

 3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I started painting with oils as a child until after college but now I mainly use acrylic paints and different gel mediums from Golden Paint. My latest adventures have been making sculptures with wood and stainless steel.

All of my art is inspired from nature.

 4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
Clear cutting of trees makes me angry/sad and being in nature with my family and dogs makes me incredibly happy.

 5. Who and what inspire you in your work and or in your life in general?
Being a part of the WCAGA is my biggest inspiration right now because I am surrounded by so many incredible talented women. 

6. What superpower would you want?
The one superpower I would love to have at the moment would be to convince Georgia  politicians to create strong zoning laws that would save land/environment from over aggressive developers. 

 7. What is your favorite artists and or other person?
I have quite a few favorite artists but the top of my list is Alexander Calder mainly because he made large heavy steel sculptures to  putting on performances with his small whimsical circus. I love that he was not limited to any media or that he took himself too seriously.

Two of my other top two artists are Niki de Saint Phalle and Alice Neel. 

8. What advice would you give to other artists? 
Love and respect your teacher’s advice and then learn to let go of most of what they taught you so you can find your own art.

 9. Contact details.
Sally Eppstein

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