Danielle reports that last week she had the interesting experience of seeing herself in the rough cut of a video documentary called Invitation to the Muse, by producer/director Karen Cantor. Karen’s challenge was to find visual ways to explore inspiration and the artist’s process, and she did it very creatively. About 10 other Santa Fe artists, including writers and musicians, also participated.
The screening was at the Santa Fe Art Institute, where Karen has been an artist in residence for the last three months. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, Karen has produced and directed two other documentaries that have been shown on PBS stations: the award-winning video The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark, narrated by Garrison Keillor, and Last Rights: Facing End-of-Life Choices.
Danielle says that back in April, when Karen and her videographer Matt came to her studio, she was afraid that she would be awkward and self-conscious in front of the camera, but she really enjoyed the videotaping process. "Participating in Karen’s project made me articulate my process in ways I don't usually do. That made me realize something that should have been obvious to me but wasn't -- that my muse is really color."
The completed documentary should be shown in Santa Fe this autumn, and information on screenings will be posted on this website when available.