Ey Up Geraldine Snell / Tyler Coburn

From speaking to both Geri and Tyler on separate occasions I felt there was a nice parallel of the things we talked about which might make for an interesting double bill. I’ve known Geri for a few years now, and this was my first time meeting Tyler, but both of them are super clever and considerate people who were great to talk to. Maybe I should have introduced them to each other?

Geraldine Snell is one of those really great artists that not enough people know about because I feel she (I hope I’m fair in saying) has that particular mix of humility, egocentrism and conscientiousness which makes for great work but a hesitancy when it comes to exhibiting or  promoting it. I wanted to get her in to talk more about her work but soon realised, because much of her work is her writing or talking about her own experiences, I didn’t want to end up co-opting her content! So a section discussing her upcoming novella we’ve decided to hold back (you’ll just have to wait until it comes out); still, we were able to share our similar feelings in regards to wrestling with the perceived pretentiousness of becoming an artist, class-identity confusion, and making work on the internet. *cough* http://geraldinesnell.com

I was also really fortunate to be able to speak with American artist and writer Tyler Coburn who was in Leeds as part of a Henry Moore Institute Fellowship which was nice to learn a bit about. I found the way he was able to view things quite analytically rather compelling, and when he spoke more personally even more so. I had been aware of certain works and writings of his, but had no real knowledge of how important his work as an art educator / adjunct professor was to him. In many ways I felt his relationship to art education mirrored a lot of my own experience, and found it really helpful to talk it over with him.