Rachel Buse is a sculptor living and working in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. She makes softscapes for playing on and crawling inside. Sometimes they just lay about, invading other people's spaces, like in the LAZE Project.
FUNNY LOOKIN' Interview with Rachel Buse December 2018
1.How do you explain your art to strangers? I make sculpture. Large and soft ones you can lay on.
2.How does humour or play function within your work? I like providing an opportunity to touch. Not touching alleviates an entirely pleasurable connection to an experience. Fingers can pick up a lot of information that eye can’t perceive. Play is nice because you get to pretend and try things on without permanence. It’s low pressure and welcomes fluidity. Things that don’t go together suddenly do. I always wanna be having some fun. The world gets to melt away and become anything you can dream of.
3.What books, films, academic texts etc. have been inspiring or influential to your work? Kids shows where “everything is alive” like Pee Wee’s play house. Forbidden Plant. Online real estate listings. House Hunters. Project Runway. Ballet Triádico de Oskar Schlemm
4.Who are some contemporary artists that excite you? Ernesto Neto. Alice Hu Alice. Joana Vasconcelos. Sarah Lucas. Tom Sachs.
5.Where do you make your art? What kind of studio do you have? I make my work on location, in my studio and at home. Where ever makes the most sense. The studio outside my home is very dreamy with good light and concrete floors. It used to be a shampoo factory.
6.What do you listen to when you are making? RuPaul, Yoni & Geti, self help books, Creative Pep Talk
7.What are you currently working on/obsessed with/thinking about? Walking everywhere, design philosophy, zero waste home tours on youtube 8.Know any good jokes? Your face is like a flower, Cauliflower! (Norm MacDonald)