“Creating art provides therapy for the one who is trying to comprehend the world around them. I liken it to meditation, a time for self-examination (introspection) into my own thoughts and “mind traffic”. The subject matter is secondary. The process, or meditation, becomes the true art form. Printmaking is very process-oriented and the need for this type of movement is the only way I can create.” – Tish Douzart of Dollhouse Press, Printmaker
Tish’s artistic journey has taken her from performing artist to visual artist. Originally moving to New Orleans to pursue a degree in music, unexpected circumstances led her in quite a different direction. After a college major change to graphic design and an intro class in printmaking, Tish began her new artistic path. Each day she continues to learn new things about printmaking.
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Learn more about Tish, her creative process, and inspirations in this Where Y’art QnA.
Describe your art in three words. Experimental. Process-Oriented. Evolving.
Describe yourself in one word. Quirky.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? I lived in the Bywater for the past 5 years and being surrounded by other creative people and art lovers made a huge impact on my work. That neighborhood gives birth to wacky artist group therapy sessions, a place to vent artistic frustrations. I’ve recently relocated to Historic Algiers Point, where the inspiration is still nothing short of amazing.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? My creative process has no rhyme or reason and relates to what is going on in my life. If I feel blocked, I meditate or leave it alone until the piece tells me what it wants to be. I once worked on a painting for 3 days with almost no sleep. There are times when I lose control of my schedule and I have to make “appointments” to work on my art. I also like to listen to music during my process.
Where do you draw inspiration? It comes from everywhere! Mainly, I am obsessed with numbers, nature, language, organic matter, and world cultures. I also have a fondness for spiritual ritual, and that occasionally comes out in my work.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? Inspirations and influences tend to be mutual. Jasper Johns’s repetitive use of numbers and letters caught my attention in college. As I learned and familiarized myself with different methods of printmaking, I became a BIG fan of printmaker Frederick Mershimer. His mezzotints are beautiful and I always try to wrap my head around the time it takes for him to finish a piece. You have to know what mezzotint is to know what I’m talking about- Google it, seriously! One of my print teachers in college left a huge impression on me and I still check up on his artistic progress to this day. Alex Grey blows my mind, too. Historically, I find Goya and Rembrandt’s etchings & aquatints admirable and worth studying.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? I think my work can be likened to experimental music, mainly because it is unpredictable. My passion for traditional printmaking always conflicts with my interest in unconventional artistic processes. It also characterizes how I create. I’m all over the place.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art ? One can usually find me at New Orleans GlassWorks & Printmaking Studio, my day job. Otherwise, I’m at home reading a book or visiting with neighbors, who are also artists. Art is my life!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I love dawn, right before, during, and immediately after sunrise. That is when most of the magic happens. It’s the feeling of something new and fresh that makes it exciting.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I used to be a casino dice (Craps) dealer. I’m also into physics, but I’m not too sure how fun of a fact that is.
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