"Divided by a Common Language"
April 3 - May 30, 2015
Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall
“Divided By a Common Language”
How one couple manages a dual nationality/gender/art medium
household and generates productive happiness.
The best marriage advice we have ever received came from an unlikely source. One morning, the two host brothers of Car Talk on NPR broke from dispensing car advice (as they often do) to help settle an argument a married couple was having about their car. One brother said, “With every fight, you have to decide: Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?” We try to keep this sentiment in mind when life gets crazy and stressful in our house and studios.
We have found it is best to have some aspects of our lives combined and some separate. We share a house, two kids, and a cat. Our studios remain separate, as much for practical reasons as philosophical ones. We have different physical studio needs because of our materials and scale, but also we need to have our own time and space to think.
We bring opposite perspectives to the subject of art. This is at once refreshing and frustrating. It is sometimes so great to have a sounding board that you know will be supportive and brutally honest. Because our artistic language overlaps, but it not redundant, we are able to speak about each other’s work with fresh thoughts. We can offer each other a perspective different from our own, but still understandable.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, sometimes it works smoothly and sometimes…well, sometimes we are reminded that we chose early on to ride the roller coaster and not the merry go round. And we always sit in the front.