The Fear of Emptiness: An interview with Aneesa Shami

Aneesa Shami holds a BFA double major in Fiber and Art History from The Kansas City Art Institute. She moved to Los Angeles in 2015  to expand her practice as an artist in California, an epicenter for fiber art. Since then, Shami has assisted in the studio of renowned Mexican artist Tanya Aguiñiga, exhibited her work nationally, collaborated with Textile Arts L.A., and most recently opened Studio 203, an artist-run space in Los Angeles offering exhibitions, workshops, and performances. In her work, the artist employs a range of materials, incorporating…

Always on Film: An Interview with Lindsay Laven, film archivist and projectionist.

Lindsay Laven’s love for film started at home at an early age. As with many other American families, her travel and everyday life were documented with cameras. For Laven’s family, it was a Hi8 camcorder owned by her father and, before that, an 8mm film camera owned by her father’s father. Home movies were watched as a form of entertainment. Soon, being in front or behind the family camera became an obsession that shaped her personal and professional life. Laven, is a full-time archivist and projectionist at one of the…

Landing in Los Angeles: An interview with B. Neimeth

Originally from Abington, Pennsylvania, Brittany or B. Neimeth (as she prefers to be called) moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to pursue an MFA at CalArts. When I asked her about what brought her to this side of the country, she described herself as a “wandering spirit with a desire for the kind of freedom and newness that a life change can bring.” A spirit that only stopped once it hit the ocean, as her family jokes about her journey to the West Coast. In Neimeth’s recent work, Beverly Hills,…