In the Studio with Margaret Wild
I played outside a lot when I was little. I remember building with sand, mud, snow, sticks (whatever was around!) by a brook near our house and then decorating it all with leaves, flowers, berries…that sort of thing. It might even become a village, city, or fairy tale land, accompanied by a story made up on the spot. Later at summer camp I did beadwork with a Native American who was a real expert, soft spoken and a great storyteller. In sixth grade I remember ceramic work which I wish I still had. By high school I was completing larger ceramic work. Then in college I did sculpture. During this past year of Covid I used mostly free magazines and produced over 200 collages and wrote 11 poems, one of which was published in Whatcom Watch last May.
Creating is instinctive for me. It’s an activity that became a habit. I have a desire to make something new.
What is your favorite season?
Every season is good, all inspiring. Everyday, anywhere. Change is fascinating.
I can’t live without my glass topped, empty desk surface because I need that emptiness in front of me and I can’t live without my sketch book so I can jot down ideas.
If you could cook one dish perfectly, what would it be?
If I could…it would provide great pleasure, joy, satisfaction, even rapture.
Every step of the creative process matters, like rafting down a white water river. All parts are connected. It’s when the process is over that I can recap the process of the art itself and share the art with others.
Who is another artist you admire and why?
Ah, there are oh so many artists I admire and new ones all the time. Our local museums, galleries and studios are great hang outs. So is the great outdoors.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
To share my artwork, show my artwork, and enter a juried exhibit.