A digital look at today’s most interesting voices in art, from all sides of the creative spectrum. TBC Interview will be a growing resource for in-depth conversations on the issues that artists are dealing with and thinking about right now. We hope it serves as a point of discovery, as well as a place to delve deeper into the stories that drive each artist’s creative process.

Series #1 - Instagram

In our first edition of TBC Interview, we focus our attention on the wave of young artists that are turning to Instagram as a primary outlet for sharing and archiving their work. In a relatively short period of time, we’ve seen Instagram emerge as somewhat of an inevitable singular platform in the visual art world. The following artists have found creative ways of using social media to build a following independent from the traditional art gallery system, and circulate their work in unique ways to a new kind of audience.

Sharona Franklin

talks about living with disability | Instagram | leveling the playing field

written by  Jasper McMahon

Sharona Franklin’s works in a variety of mediums share a personal and collective connecting thread telling the story of disabled people. Her work includes the making of gelatin molds, woven blankets, graphic design, and writing. These pieces tell the story of a disabled artist, creating her own world from inside her home. It felt particularly synchronous to be speaking on this theme of domesticity now in the age of the coronavirus lockdowns, and was illuminating to get this much-needed perspective. Her gelatin sculptures combine a mysterious collage of ephemera, from both the alchemical/botanical, to the sterile, seemingly mundane/ domestic elements of her life. These sculptures themselves are ephemeral, and subject to a natural decomposition from the moment they are created. Franklin maintains multiple Instagram accounts through which she filters different aspects of her work. She has used multiple avenues of her art and social media to advocate fiercely for the lives of disabled and otherwise marginalized people.

Heather Benjamin

Talks About being censored on Instagram

Written by Jasper McMahon

Heather Benjamin was among the first people who came to mind when the idea came about to curate the series on Instagram artists. Her distinct style has emerged from the New England punk scene, where she began forging her own unique brand of drawing and painting that is simultaneously emotionally introspective, and sometimes, grotesque or viscerally hyperbolic. Her prolific oeuvre of self published zines shows a dedication to producing intricately crafted, and frugally reproduced art objects. Benjamin’s work explores the female body/ experience through a starkly punk lens. We spoke about her commitment to accessibility, and how her work has changed through developing a following and granting herself access to experiment outside her original limitations.