As an artist who has been creating work to display at the dust fest for well over a decade, I am fascinated by the process of playa art making. You might not know this but it is truly a unique process which you will not find replicated in the Artworld (captial A artworld). My Black Rock City artmaking process has been something like this: initial inspiration happens; next, the evolution of the conceptual framework; followed by the process of translating that idea into a proposal (well, most of us do this; Michael Christian doodles on a napkin, but he’s charming and produces provocative work, so he is a special case); then comes the obsessive build, build, build time, and finally struggling with the complications of the desert to install your work. All of this is done within a six month time frame.
I have been curious how other BRC artists approach their work; what they are inspired by and how they face the challenges of building art on our desert platform. So to fulfill my own curiosity and to give you some insight, I am randomly interviewing a few of this year’s Honorarium artists for your reading pleasure.
Name: Rox Scapini
Project: Bio*Tanical Garden
Project website: http://roxmund.carbonmade.com/projects/2002380
Project Location: Berkeley, CA
Jess Hobbs: Tell me a little bit about yourself. What might be pertinent to know about the creator of “Bio*tanical Garden”?
Rox Scapini: I’m an artist and I have been making sculptures for 16 years. Sculpture is my favorite form of art because it gives me the possibility of bringing my imaginary world into reality. Sculpture for me is not about materials but physical presence in space. My style is figurative but not realistic, and my sculptures represent something that “might” exist in this world. I have a strong fascination of cyberpunk literature (HR Giger is the artist that most influenced me, indeed) and a cynical view of our world.
JH: Have you produced work for Burning Man before? If not, what work has affected you the most?