Interview by Tara Sasiadek:
The Buffalo Expat Network, the Emerging Leaders in the Arts and HandsOn Greater Buffalo are pleased to present the echo:
Art Fair which connects experienced collectors and first-time buyers
with emerging local, regional and international artists in a centralized
and creative environment; the Buffalo Central Terminal. echo:
Art Fair will showcase a broad scope of fine art disciplines, including
painting, photography, sculpture, print, works on paper, video and
combined-media. echo will commence with a VIP Reception on July 8th, 2011. On July 9th, the echo:
Art Fair will run from 9:30am until 5:30pm. The After-echo party, also
to be held in the Terminal, will take place shortly after the ending of
the fair featuring live music from The Albrights, Alex Kelly, and will
wrap up with a dance party featuring DJ Cutler and AVDJ PROJEX. Here is the next in a series of Buffalo Rising interviews with one of our featured artists, Paula Sciuk:
Who are you, and what do you do?
Let me introduce myself, my name is Paula Sciuk and I am a visual artist working in photography.
What are the most essential elements of your work?
Capturing abstract images that bring the viewers perception into question.
If you had to choose only 5 materials or tools to work with, what would they be?
Obviously my camera, necessary equipment, passport, a one way ticket around the world and enough to sustain myself on such an adventure
Would you describe your artistic education as a guided or self guided journey?
Definitely a self guided journey
Do you have a connection to Buffalo?
Growing up here, I am totally connected to the Buffalo Niagara region of WNY
Is there a Buffalo landmark or meal you plan to visit or have while here?
I spend a considerable amount of time at places surrounding various bodies of water – lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, etc.
How do you define success as an artist?
My goals are fluid and keep changing, success occurs each time I meet one and explore the next possibility
Do you have a set schedule for studio time? How do you structure your creative life?
No set schedule – I desire to be working at my art as often as humanly possible. I find that when I am immersed in nature, the creative process unfolds before me.
Can you tell us about where you find resources or inspiration for your work?
I have been inspired by the classical and ancient elementals – ether, water, earth, fire, wood and metal – and find available resources limitless.
What quote or mantra or words of wisdom do you have for other creative types?
Go back to the things that held fascination and captured your imagination when you were young…
Where can we find more of your work?
Currently work can be found on facebook and on-line at Queen City Gallery, and at the following upcoming exhibitions:
6/24/2011 – 7/16/2011: IMPACT/Our Changing Environment at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and Fluid Culture Public Art Project 8/2011 – 5/2012.
For full details on echo: Art Fair, visit the site at www.echoArtFair.com, or find us on Facebook.