Lauren Peterson

November 11, 2019

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Talking Pictures visits with Lauren Peterson, of Snowmass, Colorado, an October 2019 artist-in-residence at 77ART in Rutland, Vermont. She says, “I kind of subscribe to the idea that art should be a way of looking at the world around you and providing a new context for everyday objects. So I use found objects and … non-art objects to make painterly sculptures and installations. I’m still talking about the history of art in a way, but also showing you a lamp or a carpet, or whatever the object might be, in a new way.”

Interview, camera and production by RH Alcott

Rachel Spitzer-Firliet

October 21, 2019

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Rachel Spitzer-Firliet, of Proctor, is an artist-in-residence this month at 77ART in Rutland. When Talking Pictures asked her what deciding factor in her life prompted her to become an artist, Spitzer-Firliet said, “I don’t ever recall not wanting to be one, to be honest with you.” Now, as an adult, she says the work is almost obsessive. She said, “I can’t not do it. It’s just an internal drive. It’s calming. It’s meditative. Some people have exercise and other things they can do that shut their brain off. Art is like that for me.”

Interview, camera, production by RH Alcott

Whitney Ramage

October 16, 2019

Visit to see and hear ‘Making of Recompense.’

Whitney Ramage, whose recent video and sculptural artwork is currently in exhibition at Rutland’s 77ART Gallery on Merchants Row, describes her concept and process of making her video short “Recompense” and the personal feelings she experienced as she worked through production. “That work for me,” she says, “has a lot to do with the past year and this kind of outpouring of painful stories among women in my life as they cope with being women in society, and the feelings that are brought up by the state of things. … I wanted to do a work, or works, to process that. ”

Camera, interview and production by RH Alcott

Krista Labella

August 25, 2019

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“I make work about the fat female body. I’m a sculptor turned photographer, and I use my own body in my work now. … It was actually a health issue. I put on a lot of weight all of a sudden, and at the time I didn’t know there was actually something wrong. And I was, like, ‘What’s my body doing? Why’s it changing? And it made me, like, super self-aware of like how much space I was taking up, and just like that change in my own body, and I was, like, ‘Let’s just make art about it.” I feel like it’s easy to make art about something that is close to you and then a lot of other people can also relate to.”

Krista LaBella Her Pleasure


Camera and production by RH Alcott