Cadence Planthara

August 14, 2017

What name do you go by, and what kind of artist are you?
Cadence Planthara; lately I’ve been painting.

Describe your artistic process or practice with three to five words
Looking, thinking, reading, feeling

Who are some visual art influences that impact your craft?
My tumblr is sort of an archive of past answers to this question.  I feel really lucky to have seen works by Sojourner-Truth Parsons, Tau Lewis, and Azza El Siddique in person in the past year.  

Who / what are some non-visual art influences that impact your craft?
Gardening and working with plants
Conversations with my smart talented funny friends
My friend Kieran’s music
Reading lots of books very slowly 
— lately:

  • Ahmed, Sara. Queer phenomenology: orientations, objects, others. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. 

  • Barthes, Roland. A lovers discourse: fragments. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.

  • Camp, Wendell and Victor Boswell and John R. Magness. World In Your Garden, The. Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 1957. 

  • Federici, Silvia. Caliban and the witch:. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2014.

  • Galeano, Eduardo. Memory of fire. London: Quartet, 1995.

  • Kafka, Franz. Amerika. London: Penguin Books, 2015.

  • Lock, Graham. Forces in motion: the music and thoughts of Anthony Braxton. New York, NY: Da Capo Press, 1989. 

  • McGrath, Mary Quinlan. Influences: art, optics, and astrology in the Italian Renaissance. Chicago ; London: University of Chicago Press, 2016. 

  • Roy, Arundhati. Broken republic: three essays. London: Penguin Books, 2012. 

What are some habits you cultivate to get you into the work groove?
Making lists, staying hydrated, dancing

If you could see one piece of art right now, which one would it be?

I wish I could go back to Kerala and look at plants and tharavads and classical architecture. Related: I really want to learn Malayalam, please be in touch if you're reading this and can help make this happen!!


Describe your residency experience so far.
It’s been wonderful to have space to work and the chance to connect with people at the residency.  I’m really grateful to the facilitators for making this happen, and to the Dragon Academy for making space for us.

Talk a bit about what you’ve been working on the last few weeks?
I’ve been thinking about support(s)
Learning about flowers
Trying to finish things, to move towards coherence 

Beverage of choice while working

Where will we find your work on opening night? 
-> In the space I've been using as a studio: second floor, right by the staircase — an irregularly-shaped, high-ceilinged room with 4 windows, one pink wall, and a built-in shelving unit. <-


Draw a representation of what you look like while you’re working.



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