During the WHOARETHESE WOODS show at Cascade Paragon Gallery on the PCC campus this summer, my friend and fellow Signal Fire Wide Open Studios participant Kelly Moody interviewed me for her Ground Shots podcast.
Kelly is a visual artist, an outstanding photographer and writer, a philosopher and maker, an herbalist and a culture maven. Prose rolls out of her like water, ideas percolate and quickly become visions and new projects — like this podcast. She grew up on a farm in Virginia and studied philosophy in college, much to her family’s bewilderment. She’s managed farms and tanned buckskins, and is a book-maker, a print-maker and a medicine-maker. We share a love of that place where ideas and the grungy physicality of making and thinking with our hands meets.
Kelly asks me some really good questions in the interview, and draws out a lot of stories about what I make. We talk about the ethics of making things in an outside space deemed “wild,” and deconstruct the idea of wilderness itself, a trick we learned well during our month-long Signal Fire trip in places currently referred to as Oregon, Montana, and Idaho.
Click HERE to listen, and HERE to read Kelly’s brilliant essay about making and breaking stories through the things we make and how we see. Check out her other episodes while you’re there! The first one is a fascinating conversation with traditional weaver, Samuel Bautista Lazo in Oaxaca who studies sustainable commerce and production in England and returns to his village (where his ancestors have lived not for hundreds, but thousands of years) with a renewed appreciation for sustainable indigenous practices. There are also conversations with a Utah herbalist, a modern-day pilgrim, and Ryan Pierce, co-founder of Signal Fire.
I highly recommend becoming one of Kelly’s patrons on Patreon, a site that lets you support artists a little each month in exchange for a wide array of treats — photo essays, hand-made tinctures, exclusive interviews, and way more.