The MINI Interview with BIG Exclusive Artist Lulu Wolf

(Top to Bottom: #1- Still from a music video made for Karen Dalton’s “Blues Jumped the Rabbit” in Summerville, Colorado in 1970. It was shown to me about 5 years ago and continues to be one of my favorites. #2- Film still from Margot Benacerraf’s beautiful documentary “Araya” (1959). #3- Seascape photo by Anne Gabrielle “Figures in Surf #23″ )

When I sit down at my desk in my studio to work on something, the first thing I do is turn music on. Music is essential for my practice. I find certain bands are extremely inspiring where I actually see pieces of work in my head while listening which is pretty special. I have a few standbys that I have been listening to for many years but some reason they always do it for me even when I discover new awesome music like Nina Simone, The Supremes, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams Heartbreaker, Joe Purdy, Bon Iver, Horse Feathers, The Postal Service, Pinback, Jawbreaker, Herman Dune, and well I suppose the list goes on forever. Please share with us your music collection that inspires you or the sounds that get you excited to make something. What is your relationship to music? Share photos of your collection or anything that relates with music and making.

Name: Lulu Wolf
Location: Brooklyn, NY

When I’m working, there are usually a few options of what I will play in the background. A lot of blues, jazz, country-folk/folk revival, some classic rock, or Brazilian and Indian music from the 1950s to the early 70s. A bit all over the map, but it’s all pretty relaxed for the most part.

I suppose those on heavy rotation right now are Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Link Wray, Townes Van Zandt, Fred Neil, Karen Dalton, Django Reinhardt, Elizabeth Cotten, Billie Holiday, Caetano Veloso, and Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfas…

If I’m not playing music, more often than not I am listening to NPR- it’s nice to have a break and listen to what is going on in the world. More recently, I have been watching a lot of foreign films from the 50s and 60s, many documentary or french new-wave. Just the sound and rhythm of another language can be inspiring, and the story and imagery whenever I happen to look up is beautiful and simple and honest.

The best moments are after I have been working for an hour or so, when I reach a point of intense concentration, especially when working on something more meticulous like repetitive mark making or detailed cutting. My mind seems to divide in two, so that one part focuses almost unconsciously on what I am doing, and with the other I am able to listen so intently to what is playing- really hearing and absorbing the details of a song or story. Perhaps these details eventually filter through and translate into my work.

Whatever it is I am listening to isn’t necessarily providing direct inspiration or ideas for works as it is a momentum and company to work with, a sort of necessary duality to my practice, becoming almost therapeutic.

Thanks Lulu! – Kelly

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