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Callahan McDonough, interview with:Women’s Caucus for Art Georgia

          Honored to be interviewed for Current Women’s Caucus for Art Georgia Newsletter Feb.4.2014.

 

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Header image: “The Dream of a common language” by Callahan McDonough.
above: “squared abstract” by Callahan McDonoughInterview with Artist and Psychotherapist, Callahan McDonough
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1.Who are you, what do you do, and what is your background?I am an artist, a painter and print maker and have been for over the past forty years. I received my Bachelor of Visual Arts from Georgia State University in 1970. It was an exhilarating time for art at GSU and I had some wonderful mentors, teachers and friends. Jim Sitton, Medford Johnston and some amazing fellow students really changed my life and how I thought about my art.  Happily, I earned a scholarship for graduate school in the art department at the University of South Florida. Unhappily, my mother fell ill and I left grad school to care for her after completing one year of the two-year program.  ‘Reality takes precedence’, another mentor, Pauline Clance, PhD would say to me later.  By the way, Mom is doing fine and lives in Florida all these years later. After Mom recovered, I returned to Atlanta and worked as Director of the Techwood Homes Girls Club.
About this time, the Feminist movement was kicking in gear, and I immersed myself in the  Feminist Women’s art movement. Along with 30 other women artists, we started the Atlanta Women’s Art Collective, as well as the co-ed Art Workers Coalition. Both of the organizations were pivotal in changing the art scene in Atlanta. We were lucky to have Maynard Jackson in office as Atlanta Mayor. He was a big supporter of the arts and started the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, which gave a sense of camaraderie and unity to a multitude of Atlanta arts organizations. There was a window of about ten years when it felt as if we were experiencing a contemporary version of the Renaissance in Atlanta.

above:” A wrinkle in time” by Callahan McDough 

 

Above: “Inner Vision” by Callahan McDonough
Interview with Callahan McDonough continueAlong the way my life became more complicated; my marriage broke up, but I had a wonderful 2 year old son, Zach. It was clear, however, that selling a few paintings, and writing grants would no longer sustain us financially.  I needed an instant way to make a living, be able to be the Mom I wanted to be, and make my art. So like many artists, I created a business (cleaning houses) to pay the bills.  It grew into a full-fledged business, which I ran for nearly 25 years. Some of you may have heard of “Sparkle Plenty”; that was my business. I called it my “single mom and artist” survival kit.  I was hoping my art would sell consistently, enough to let the business go; or that the business would become less demanding, and support my art career.  Despite the fact that I was in the  Fay Gold Gallery and selling reasonably well, the money was not enough to support us. I decided to go back to school and get a Masters of Social Work so I could have a private counseling practice and still have flexibility to raise my child and do my art. This career move finally worked; I have been in a rewarding private practice for more than 20 years. Recently I reduced my client load to one day per week and now have the freedom to have the kind of studio time I want.  Also, I remarried five years ago and am enjoying the companionship and support of my husband, Bill Pope.
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2. What’s integral to your art and art career?
Oftentimes people ask me how psychotherapy and art are related for me. My answer is that both psychotherapy and art are about making the unconscious conscious.  One is direct and interactive; the other is studio work, and more reflective and singular.  Both contribute to who I am as a woman and an artist.  Also integral is my awareness of the work of historical and contemporary artists, as art history has always provided a context for my work.
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3. What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
My themes seem to fall into two categories. One is Narrative, which includes the Spiritual/Political/Personal aspects of my life,. The other category is more abstract and lyrical. Both are characteristics of my self-expression and artwork. Recently, I have been collaborating with a spiritual writer, Ronna Detrick, in Seattle who is re-defining some of the women from scripture to show them through a Feminist viewpoint — as empowered and empowering, not just pawn’s in a man’s world. I am doing a series of prints that represent these women first as painting, then as a print.
I also intend the work to communicate and connect with all kinds of people, in some way.  Of course, one of the wonderful things about art is that interpretation is up to the viewer.
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4. What makes you angry, what makes you happy?
My desire is that, by creating more of a sense of community, we will all win.  Living in a world that over emphasizes the ‘individual’ (what we call in Social Work, rugged individualism) is opposed to choosing the ‘whole community’ concept that encompasses a world that works for everyone, with no one left out.  I believe our current lack of cultural expression has become the source of much suffering, often as reflexive violence, i.e. those who are shut out and cannot join the world will ultimately lash out.  We can do better, and that makes me really angry that we have culturally not made that shift.
On the other hand, I feel hope and happiness as I have experienced the capacity for kindness and generosity that so many people have, and I see this tendency growing.  For example, some of the organized expressions of hopeful change include: The Feminist movement, Civil Rights, Gay Rights, One percent, Ecological movements to name a few.
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5. Who and what inspires you in your work and in your life?

My son is my biggest continuing inspiration, along with my family, close friends and people I love. I have a strong spiritual sense of connection to what I choose to call God. My art colleagues, female artists I know, and friends involved in the arts are wonderfully inspiring. ___

6. What superpower would you like?
I’d like to wave a magic wand that could create World Peace; a world where all are kind and share, and one  that works for everyone, including Mother Earth!_____

7. Favorite artists?
Soooo many: Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Frida Kahlo, Judy Chicago, Sonia Delaunay, Guerrilla Girls, Ruth Laxon, Jim Sitton, Med Johnston, David Hockney, Bonnard, Vuillard, Julian Schnabel.

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8. What advice would you give to other artists?
First, know that not everyone is going to make a great financial living from their art; it rarely has to do with the quality of the work but myriad variables get between a work of art, and a remunerated work of art.
If you don’t want to be cleaning houses all your life, get another skill that complements doing your work. Lastly, if some limitation won’t allow you to do your work, treat it like an assignment from art school and get it done anyway. Some of my best work came out of those tough circumstances.

Callahan McDonough
www.callahanmcdonough.com

Please join me May 3 Friday for my opening of current artworks: paintings & prints

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Sight and Sound Art Gallery

The title, “A Sword of Moonlight, and Imperishable Love”, embodies, for Callahan McDonough, the nature of her current body of art. That is, one of story and of allegory, that symbolizes her life experiences and are depicted in the images in her paintings. These images are intended by Ms. McDonough to be evocative as if we were cloud gazing at the beach; I see elephants, you see something else. She views art as a projection which invites viewers to delve into, and interpret the piece in their own way, to elicit their own story. The result has the potential to connect our personal experience to the collective whole, calling up a depth of meaning that already exists within each of us.

Sacred Art – A Collaboration with Ronna Detrick + Callahan McDonough

“Artist Callahan McDonough and I are collaborating to create and curate a collection of 30 unique (and gorgeous) paintings inspired by my writings that re-imagine, redeem, and reclaim stories of women in Scripture.”

“Callahan and I had the privilege of meeting each other face-to-face ~ a glorious weekend together. And in the midst, we recorded a video in which we talk about our collaboration together. Why it matters. Why the art matters. Why the stories matter. Why our friendship matters. Click to watch!” Ronna Detrick www.RonnaDetrick.com

Sacred Art – A Collaboration of Ronna Detrick & Callahan McDonough from Trustworthy Video on Vimeo.

Thank you to Judi Knight of www.newtricks.com for hosting and interviewing us. Thanks too to Beverly Molander www.beverlymolander.net + Dave Savage www.davesavage.com our video production team.

I am not for sale ! Panel # 2

Not For Sale is a giclee triptych print. It is the result of a collaboration between artist Callahan McDonough and author Ronna Detrick. The proceeds from all prints are donated to www.notforsalecampaign.org. They can be purchased as individual panels or a set of 3.

All prints Copyrighted: Callahan McDonough 2012. – All text: Ronna Detrick – All photos copy righted : Kay Chemush for U.S. State Department.

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to purchase prints contact:     callahan.mcdonough@gmail.com

100%cotton paper, printed with archival inks

16″x20″ = $60.00

11″ x 14″ = $40.00

shipping charged separately.


God cries out ! Panel # 1

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Not For Sale is a giclee triptych print. It is the result of a collaboration between artist Callahan McDonough and author Ronna Detrick. The proceeds from all prints are donated to www.notforsalecampaign.org. They can be purchased as individual panels or a set of 3.

All prints Copyrighted: Callahan McDonough  2012.- All text: Ronna Detrick- All photos copy righted : Kay Chemush for U.S. State Department.

@notforsale

to purchase prints contact:     callahan.mcdonough@gmail.com

100%cotton paper, printed with archival inks

16″x20″ = $60.00

11″ x 14″ = $40.00

shipping charged separately.

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Open Hearts Panel # 3

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Not For Sale is a giclee triptych print. It is the result of a collaboration between artist Callahan McDonough and author Ronna Detrick. The proceeds from all prints are donated to www.notforsalecampaign.org. They can be purchased as individual panels or a set of 3.

All prints Copyrighted: Callahan McDonough  – All text: Ronna Detrick –  All photos copy righted : Kay Chemush for U.S. State Department.

@notforsale

to purchase prints contact:     callahan.mcdonough@gmail.com

100%cotton paper, printed with archival inks

16″x20″ = $60.00

11″ x 14″ = $40.00

shipping charged separately.


Reach for the Apple……….Eve’s leads us to what is the next fully alive, juicy step……….

“Artist Callahan McDonough is helping me create and curate a collection of 30 unique (and gorgeous) paintings inspired by my writings that re-imagine and redeem the stories of women in Scripture.”  

 Now available for  purchase ‘Inspired by Eve’  a series of  fine art prints 30.00 ea.

With Author: Ronna Detrick’s : interactive text with audio 22.00

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“Reach for the Apple’ 2012 prints from the series ‘Inspired by Eve’ Ronna Detrick

” A wrinkle in Time” 2012

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“A wrinkle in Time”   2012

16″ x 20″

Arches Paper, mixed media

 

This piece was inspired by Madeline L’Engle’s book: A wrinkle in Time, and reminds me of the sense of I have of the universe being luminous vibrating light of every color. That in this universe our heart felt thought manifests in form and experiences. It comes and goes. And like a wrinkle in time we can collapse time, travel many light years, light folding the universe, as if it were a string, creating a wrinkle in time.

prints available:

www.callahanmcdonough.com

under ‘portfolio’

 

Permissable delights of the Soul………..You are invited to my opening Apr. 1

Please join me for a brunch opening at:

the inde-pendent, April 1.Sunday, noon til 4 p.m.

1052 St. Charles Ave., Atlanta.Ga. 30306 404-313-0004

title: ” permissible delights of the soul”* 2012
34″x40″ wood panel, mixed media

prints are also available

*from:
“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”
Johannes Sebastian Bach
Bill & were listening to a piece from one of the Golberg Variations last night. Woke up hearing it. Like the notion of mirror images, going toward each other, one going up, the other down. Cannot really re-create a complex theory of this, but its what I hear in it.
Sometimes think I have a art split personality, or certainly many visual aspects, at any rate this is one of my new abstract pieces, that will show at my up coming exhibit. The other self/aspect paints images which tend to be somewhat ‘narrative’. Perhaps akin to the Goldberg variations. Maybe the title shoud be ‘homage to Bach’ 🙂

Red Birds of Spring 2012 Print