Community is necessary when living a creative life.
Thats the most important thing artist Linn Meyers hoped to convey to students during a talk and reception at Marymount Universitys Main House last week. The event was sponsored by the Office of University of Advancement.
Art making is often solitary and school provides a pre-fab community, but once the students are out on their own they will need a support system to keep making work, Meyers said. The people they surround themselves with, and the ways in which they create community, will be different for each student, but the goal is the same: to make space for creativity to be an important part of their lives.
Meyers also discussed her unique wall drawing Our View From Here on Wednesday night. It stretches across the entire circumference of the inner-circle galleries at the Smithsonians Hirshhorn Museum. Drawn over a three-month period with a type of marker often used by graffiti writers, the site-specific piece on the museums second level is more than 400 linear feet. Meyers worked up to 12 hours a day for 70 days on the piece, often with hundreds of visitors milling about behind her.
That didnt bother her, partly because she had a similar experience when working on a piece at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2011.
I learned to tune out the activity, which wasn’t that difficult because when I am working I am generally very focused, she said.
The drawing cant be seen in its entirety from any one point: viewers must follow it around the museums inner loop. It has been on view since last May and will run through Aug. 20. After that, the largest work the D.C. artist has ever produced will be painted over.
The wall drawings are conceived as impermanent, and that was part of my original interest in making them, so it’s actually very satisfying to know that they will vanish, she said.
For more information on Our View From Here, go to http://hirshhorn.si.edu/collection/linn-meyers.
D.C. artist Linn Meyers shares a moment with Marymount University students at the schools Main House on Wednesday.
Artist Linn Meyers discussing Our View From Here, a wall drawing on the inner-circle galleries at the Smithsonians Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.