GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: MARISSA SUTO OF HUMALONG PRODUCTIONS

Hello, yes, you’ve probably seen me around The Artist Lodge before because I’m the Head Coordinator and Curator. And yes, I am answering my own questions in this interview.

How old are you?
27

What is the primary medium you work in?
Relief Printmaking

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Printmaking! Any and all kinds! It’s all so interesting and I think it’s amazing how all of the different processes can intertwine and work together.

What is your favorite subject matter?
Skulls. All the skulls. And hands, everybody hates drawing hands but I LOVE it.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I work at an art store, and I’m a total snob when it comes to art supplies – which is a really bad thing to be when you’re a young artist on a young artist’s budget. Despite this, I’ve compiled a list of tools that I use here.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I discovered printmaking when I was taking art classes at a junior college (which I highly recommend if you’re interested in learning about art and work well in a class environment). Outside of classroom learning, I’ve watched LOADS of videos on YouTube to learn about printmaking techniques. If you’re on Facebook I recommend the groups Linocut Friends and Printmakers International. Both professional and amateur printmakers use these groups to ask questions, share artwork, share sources, critique one another, and share print exchanges/gallery calls for artists.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
It’s a cliche but I’ve always loved drawing, even when I was a little kid. Even though it wasn’t always my goal in life to be an artist, I’ve always been lucky to grow up around a lot of museums and art culture, so it’s always been an influence on my life.

Did you go to school for art?
Yes, I spent far too many years at Fullerton College taking as many art classes as I could. This is something I recommend to creatives that want to try learning about different mediums without the commitments and monetary struggles of a big college. Then I transferred to CSUF and got my BA in Studio Arts where I focused on printmaking. I also took four years worth of Exhibition Design classes, which is where my love of curating and museum studios comes from.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
I would LOVE to design artwork for those that inspire me and help me get through life – something fun like album artwork for a bad that I adore, or merch for my favorite podcast Welcome to Night Vale. I would also love to be able to work with nature or wildlife foundations to make art that raises awareness about our environment and endangered species.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
Pretty much to do anything that I’ve listed above. My current long-term projects revolve around Bestiaries, Grimoires, and Wunderkammar. After I create enough art (and maybe some writing, if I can reach down into my tortured emo roots and remember how to write terrible poetry), I’ve love to publish some books about my take on these subjects.

Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on for this show? 
For this show I’m submitting my two Labyrinth pieces that I made a few years ago. This will be the first time I’m releasing an open edition of the reproduction prints. I like to incorporate art nouveau styles into my portrait pieces, so these were a lot of fun to create. Except for David Bowie’s hair. That was ridiculous.

What is your favorite Jim Henson film/project/book/etc? 
This is hard, I love so many things he’s created. When I was younger I watched Sesame Street, and as an adult I appreciate the communication and openness that they provide and encourage. The Muppets are outrageous and so much fun. I didn’t discover Labyrinth until I was an adult and it’s just wonderful and weird. I think the Muppets might take the cake though.

If you could live in any Jim Henson universe, what would it be? 
The Muppets for sure. Having the Muppets and their goofy puns and celebrity cameos be apart of regular life? Yes, please.

Who is your favorite Jim Henson character? Why?
BEAKER! Poor Beaker. And then Ludo! Poor Ludo.

Who would win in a battle, Jareth and his Goblin Army or The Muppets? 
I think that the Muppets and the Goblin Army would fight in a seriously kooky battle, but they’d be too evenly matched. Eventually they would ban together to help rebuild or save the theatre (because I feel like they’re always trying to save the Muppet Theatre). Jareth would plot against all of them, and then Miss Piggy would swoop in and absolutely destroy him.

YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM MARISSA HERE
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