Name: Sabrina Joy Winogrond
Current exhibition: White Series
Website:Â Â www.TheGreatCuddle.com
Â· Do you make a career out of or hope to make a career out of art, or is it a sideline for you?
It feels as though what I do is much larger than the idea of a career or even me as a person. I feel more like a vehicle than an inventor. I feel a responsibility to be a good listener and translate what I hear into being.Â Itâ€™s this alchemical process that I donâ€™t understand entirely…I just accept it and perform.
Â· What is it about your work that makes it speak to people or to the community at large?
I think everyone reacts differently. Some people look at my photos and think they are only pretty pictures, some think they are dark and scary, some see things in them that I never have (which I love), some feel nothing, and some get what Iâ€™m trying to do. Aesthetical reactions are so varied and unique, itâ€™s one of the most interesting aspects of art. So I guess the answer to the question is Iâ€™m not sure exactly what a communal response is to my work…I do know most people react very differently.
Â· How do you let people know about your work?
Right now I mainly do viral promotion and intermittent press releases regarding new series’.
Â· What do you feel inspires you to make art in the particular medium you have chosen?
My family would agree that since I was little I was able to see things others wouldn’t. I have an attuned and specific eye. So photography has always come very naturally to me. I also do video, music, painting, and sculpture. Rather than picking one medium, for me its best to get the idea and concept down and then do whatever best expresses that concept. It may be one; it may be a combination of two or four…whatever works.
Â· Why Miami?
Miami is where I happen to be at the moment. There are amazing artists here.Â Basel doesn’t hurt either.
Â· Do you have a favorite artist from the past or present?
I have many: Ana Mendieta, Andy Goldsworthy, Angelo Filomeno, Annika von Hausswolff, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Russian Futurists, Eva Hesse, James Turrell, Man Ray, Lee Miller…those are probably my biggest influences.
Â· How would you compare the art scene in Miami to other cities you have lived or worked in?
Eclectic, urban, and very influenced by Latin culture.
Â· If someone wanted to get into being an artist, what would be your first suggestion to them?
Question your reasons, intentions, and expectations.Â As hard as you imagine it might be…. it will probably end up being twice as hard but also twice as rewarding.