We had the good fortune of connecting with Janet Gold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janet, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was always headed in that direction, and the path to being a professional artist was clear. Throughout my career I have worked in painting, photography, and sculpture, on my way to collage and mixed media assemblage. My teaching career has always supplemented my art career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?When we look back in history at this pandemic quarantine, I believe we will see the best of art, music, movies, and theater come from this time period. I was prolific in this pandemic. I would go to the studio, day after day, and make artwork for no one, and nowhere. Just the pure freedom of creativity. My 2-D collages are built on vintage book substrates. They are a mixture of books, spines, papers, fabric, wallpaper, found childrens drawings, and the occasional rabbit head. My assemblages are constructed from vintage birdcages filled with sewn collage, rusty nuts, bolts, and screws, doorknobs and fairyglass, and again, occasional arms, legs, and babydoll heads.
I was in education for 35 years teaching everything from Kindergarten to College, with a Masters Degree in both Education and Fine Art. I commend the Division of Cultural Arts for supporting the arts with the South Florida Cultural Consortium, which I have won, twice. I was a founding member of the 6 Hands Collaborative, and put time in as a past board member of the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA/FL), Broward County Art in Public Places, and the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say stay home. Don’t come. 2020 is NOT the year of travel. Quarantine. Wear a mask. Take the vaccine. Then, in the Fall of 2021, you can come to Florida. The sun, the ocean, and the palm trees, will still be here when you visit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to these fellow friends and artists that I surround myself with, each masters of their mediums: Lynne Kroll, Genie Appel Cohen, Bruce Helander, David Schluss, Sally Cooper, Coral Springs Museum of Art and the 6Hands Collaboratives Andrea Huffman and Deborah Gregg. Google them. Just start at the top and go down the list. Thank you.
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