It is always such a pleasure to meet with Sean Foley and discuss the progression of his new installation, Ruse, at MASS MoCA.
Ball State University professor, Hannah Barnes, arrived at MASS MoCA to assist with Sean’s giant project which will cover our 100-foot long hallway!
Sean said he’s always wanted to do an installation like this, but he needed the space to do it! (And that’s exactly what MASS MoCA is here for!)
Sean, and his assistants were hard at work when we stopped by. They were taping up stencils when Sean suggested that we take the time out to interview his studio assistant, Katie Bullock.
Katie is a third year painting and drawing student at Ohio State University.
Katie is a very genuine and hard-working young woman. She told us she has always loved to draw and be active.
She never considered a career in art until high school, when her teacher suggested that she participate in a summer art school in 2007. She decided to major in painting and drawing at Ohio State University. She still felt very unsure of her position and choices, but after taking one class with Sean- she knew this is what she wanted to do.
“It’s been incredible,” said Katie about her experience at MASS MoCA. “I’ve learned so much by working with Sean.”
We asked her what is the most valuable lesson she has learned since she came to Massachusetts. Katie said this experience has made her dreams seem possible. “If you’re passionate about it, you can do it,” she said. (She also mentioned that she REALLY enjoyed the delicious food from The Hub!)
But the real reason Katie is here is to assist Sean with the installation of the “monster painting”. Sean described the painting as camouflage/amorphous/invisible man art. The 3D mural will resemble camouflage chaos but when viewers stand in the “perfect spot” they will see the hidden face or “invisible man”. It’s-gonna-be-craaazy!!!!
Today the artists were taping on the stencils cut out by lasers and will be working long into the night with loud music.
Hopefully Katie, and other dedicated students, will inspire you to continue to educate yourself everyday. Read a play! Draw a picture! Wikepedia the word- Szczecin!
We’re going to keep you updated on Ruse, which is scheduled to open on January 23!
(Danelle Cheney rocks at taking photos. Thank you!!)