2015 SWIC Art Faculty Show – Interview #3

Our exhibition of artwork by the art faculty of Southwestern Illinois College is now open through February 26th. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, digital images, photography, and mixed media all show the diversity and talent of the faculty artists. 

The faculty is not spared from our intern Kailey’s interviews. Below, Cory Sellers answers her questions.

Cory Seller's "Portrait of a Madwoman", oil on canvas

Cory Seller’s “Portrait of a Madwoman”, oil on canvas

When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
During my undergrad work at McKendree.

What inspires you the most?
Drawing from nature.

What is your current favorite medium?
Oil paint.

When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
Classical or Jazz if anything. Usually nothing.

What piece are you most proud of?
A two panel painting which was an oil painting, 108″ x 120,” titled “Personage.” This painting was a result of over a hundred sketches in a variety of mediums. In 2011 “Personage,” showed at the Hunter College Times Square Gallery in NYC for a College Arts Association(CAA) Exhibition.

Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
Being a great friend.

Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
I’ve never regretted showing or making something. Everything I have made has taught me something, but I have destroyed a lot.

What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
“This is the best thesis show I have ever seen at Pratt.” – former professor at Pratt Institution

The worst?
“That’s a very handsome painting.  – Don’t remember

What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
Two new bodies or work.

What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
Coffee

If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
Amedeo Modigliani. A true painter in the high times of Paris.

Thanks again to Cory for answering our questions!

Posted by Jessica Mannisi, assistant curator
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