It’s been a while! I’ve been busy working as an artist assistant to Mindy Shapero. I started a few weeks ago and it’s been a great experience so far.
It’s not a paid internship but the networking and socializing aspects of the job are well worth my time. Plus, it’s the perfect creative outlet I’ve been looking for. Her studio is less than a mile from my parents’s house in Los Feliz, so I have been staying there during the week and spending the weekends at home in West LA. It’s been really nice to spend more time with my family… and saving money on food too!
Mindy is so awesome to work for. She has so much going on with preparing for her solo show in New York in September, taking care of her 1 1/2 year old daughter Olive, making sure her attention hungry dog gets a cookie now and then, and helping her husband with the remodeling of their house, yet she still manages to stay on top of everything and enjoy what she’s doing while she’s doing it. She is an inspiration to me to work hard and stay motivated. Her beautifully detailed works of art are a testament to her strong ambition.
I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know the other interns who are just so pleasant to work with on a daily basis. They are all artists, either in school or out of school. On a typical day of work, we usually chat about subjects like health food, relationships, and music as we focus on our tedious tasks of gluing small pieces of paper to a sculpture or painting thin lines of color on another. It’s a breath of fresh air to meet new people that share similar interests. However, I have a lot to learn from them as well. Since I’ve been out of the art scene for over three years, I have some serious catching up to do.
I will be working for Mindy until September and then I’ll be shifting gears to work seriously on sprucing up my portfolio for review by CSUN in December. Until then, my summer is going great so far and I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity!