Katelyn: Today I am interviewing another participant in Brush and Pen: Festival for Artists and Authors, Marilyn Indahl.
Hi Marilyn, thanks for taking the time to share a bit about yourself with our readers.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself that isn’t writing related?
Marilyn: I’m a sports photographer. Although art influences my photographs, I see sports photography more about skill and anticipation. One needs to know the sport well enough to anticipate how the play will proceed and capture action at its peak moment. I began photographing sports because I found it challenging to capture a fast-moving subject. Later on, I discovered I enjoy the intensity and emotion that most athletes experience. Hopefully, I capture that in my photographs as well.
Katelyn: I looked at your photography and there are some amazing shots. You captured the moment perfectly! Can you tell us what inspired you to start creating art? I encourage people look at Marilyn’s website.
Marilyn: Since I was very young, I needed to make things, so I don’t really remember a beginning. I always loved art class in school and tried many media including acrylic painting, clay pottery,(not ceramics), photography and finally glass, fused glass, stained leaded glass and blown glass.
Katelyn: I think its true of many artists that it was something we started when we were kids and just kept doing it. Do you have a favorite medium?
Marilyn: Glass is my favorite! When I can’t blow glass any longer I’ll return to fusing and stained, leaded glass. My interest in glass began as a fascination with me since I was a child. How something that captures and transforms light into a mixture of dazzling colors and nondescript shapes could start as a lava hot liquid was truly a miracle to my young mind. Once the item cools, it is solid enough to hold. Completely smooth, pleasant to touch and even more incredible to look through.
Katelyn: I find glass fascinating too. I watched someone blow a piece one time and it was amazing. Can you tell us why you make art?
Marilyn: I need to… I can’t really explain why, but there is a strong yearning to create something I consider beautiful. And it is extra special when others like what I create. It is actually an honor when someone wants to purchase something I’ve made. To know that my creations bring joy to others is a rewarding feeling of satisfaction.
Katelyn: I totally get the creative pull! You just have to follow it, don’t you? Most of us get creative blocks at times. What do you do when you get a creative block?
Marilyn: Good question… I consider new colors and ways to apply them to my glass. I also look through pictures of other glass artists. Then I go back to making what I know and see what evolves from there.
Katelyn: That’s a great way to move past it! Speaking of the work of other artists, do you have someone who inspires you and can you tell us why?
Marilyn: Lino Tagliapietra is whom I admire most. He is from Murano, the small island in Italy where glass blowing has been done for centuries. He can create the most delicate vessels and also create beautiful works on a very large scale. Many of his pieces depict fluidity, almost suggesting motion. And at the end of the day, he goes home and helps cook dinner!
Katelyn: Oh my gosh, I had to go and look up Lino Tagliapietra, his work is gorgeous. What advice would you give an aspiring artist?
Marilyn: Find what you enjoy and work at it. Work hard at your craft, skills come with practice and experience.
Katelyn: How can people support your work?
Marilyn: I’ve never thought of that… If people like what they see, I can only ask they share it with others.
Thank you, that was fun. You had me thinking about things I hadn’t considered before.