"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
From the series, "Exclusive"
In her Long Island studio, Mary Heilmann discusses two inspirations for her work: tea bowls that adhere to the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of "Wabi-sabi" and the cartoon color palette used in "The Simpsons" television show. Heilmann contrasts her working method with that of the Abtract Expressionists, preferring to find "the easiest way to do it" which often involves thinking through the compositions and colors with a computer. The video features ceramics and paintings installed as part of the artist's traveling retrospective "To Be Someone" at the New Museum and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Mark Falstad & Joel Shapiro. Sound: Roger Phenix. Editor: Paulo Padilha & Mark Sutton. Artwork Courtesy: Mary Heilmann. Special Thanks: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, & The New Museum, New York.