Seeing as we are lucky enough to have Amy Kaeser on board taking over the Art Finding Services, I thought we would start our monthly series of interviews with her. It’ll be nice to get to know a little more about her as we move along
Rhiannon: Amy, thanks for doing this interview. I think the first thing I have to ask you is, where do you find that your love for art comes from?
Amy: My parents. They always had art on the walls at home and anytime we traveled, my mother would take me to the museums. They also owned an art gallery for a short time in a small seaside town in England when I was 8 or 9 years old. That experience, going with my Dad to choose art from artists, visiting art fairs, and being in the gallery daily is something that stays with me to this day.
Rhiannon: Oh that’s fascinating. I did not know this about you myself. Now as an adult, where do you find that you go for inspiration?
Amy: Anywhere! But definitely art museums. I’m always thinking of the aesthetics of nature, architecture when I’m out, color and design when I’m driving around Long Beach or Los Angeles. Nature is a huge inspiration as well. We go for hikes and I’m always looking for textures and color in our surroundings.
R: Seeing as how you love museums so much, you must make a point to stop at them on your travels. I know how much you love to travel.
A: Yes, definitely. I usually find out prior to going what is open on what day (museums are usually closed on Monday’sor Tuesday’s), what exhibitions are up, what I’d like to see, directions, etc. Also the same for galleries and artists that are in the area. I have a trip coming up in July to Colorado and plan on looking up local artists to see if I can visit their studios or gallery. It’s fun for me to plan these trips with the possibility of finding new artists.
R: I understand you are writing reviews for Art and Cake. How do you like doing that?
A: I love it. It has allowed me to get out in the L.A. art scene more than usual, which was not often given my school schedule and children. I’ve gone to shows solo, with just my husband, and also made day trips with the whole family. I’m able to really spend time with an artist and their work when I’m writing. It’s rewarding and challenging at the same time.
R: Recently you went to some galleries and your three year old son took photos from his point of view. How does he do with you on these trips?
A: So far so good! Three-year-olds are unpredictable at best so giving him a project when out, like taking pictures with my phone was a perfect task for him. The photos he took were really interesting and I printed some out for him to look through. His perspective and the way he frames the shots were fun to look through.
R: I know that you have 2 little boys under the age of 4, a husband, multiple jobs, and you’re presently working on your thesis. How do you handle it all?
A: I’m not entirely sure! (LOL) I really try to carve out time for the things outside my family. They always come first. I’ve been very fortunate that I have an amazing support system and family close by to help out when I need it. To be honest, without this I would not have been able to do half the things I’ve done so far. Outside of my family; school and working as a graduate assistant and teaching associate at California State University Long Beach and completing my Master’s is a juggling act, I have everything pretty condensed and know what I need to complete at what time. I make deadlines and try my best to meet them, but don’t beat myself up if they pass and I’m still working.
R: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing the most?
A: Reading is a big part of my life. I read for school, mostly art theory and art exhibition catalog (which I do enjoy!), but when I want to relax, I read fiction. Nothing too complicated as I want to just enjoy a good story. I also like personal essays, Joan Didion and Durga Chew-Bose are currently in my rotation. Also, going to the beach – can’t live in Long Beach and not enjoy that!
R: We’re excited that you are going to be offering this new Art Finding service for people. Why do you think people should put more thought into what art they have in their home?
A: I think the art in your home says so much about the person or family living there. Art is subjective. It relies on your own perception of it to function as art objects, meaning what you see as art is personal to you. It should make you happy and fulfill a part of you, whether that is strictly aesthetic (you just like how it looks) or has some other value for you (makes you think, political, social, etc.).
R: Thanks so much for doing this interview. So now, what do you have coming up that you’d love to share with us?
Amy: A couple things are on the horizon for me. I’m thinking about a photo project that will have a writing component for the Amber and Honey blog, my long journey in finding an art piece for my bedroom (4 years in the making!), also finishing my thesis, I have studio visits coming up that I’m looking forward to, and any art finding missions for Amber and Honey’s clients!
R: We’re SUPER excited too! Thanks Amy! good luck with everything!