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Getting to Know You: Addoley Dzegede, Artist in Residence, 2017-18

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Addoley Dzegede
Artist in Residence
Visual Art | Hashinger Hall

Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Florida

B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art
M.F.A. Washington University, St. Louis

Creative Specialty(ies):
I have no creative specialty - I'm a professional dabbler! It's taken me awhile to see that as a strength.

When / How did you get interested in art?
I've been interested in art since I was very young. My mom would take me to museum classes and camps.

Did you always know you'd be an artist?
I always hoped I'd be an artist - though there were a few years where I doubted it was the path for me and instead dedicated more time to creative writing. I didn't have many role models for what it meant to be a practicing artist, so the possibilities for sustaining myself as an artist have at times felt vague in the past. However even during the years when I didn't make art, I always had a creative pursuit. For awhile, that was cooking.

What's your favorite thing about teaching?
Learning! By preparing assignments for students, I'm required to look deeper into techniques, histories and materials that I may not have felt the need to explore for my own art practice.

Where do you find creative inspiration?
Traveling and seeing how other people live inspires me creatively. I become fascinated with the various traditions, stories, techniques and object from around the world.

What's the last thing you read for fun?
"Swing Time" by Zadie Smith
"Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World" by Cathering McKinley
I was reading the books while planning a trip to Ghana - both books are narrated by mixed women who travel to West Africa.

Guilty Pleasure:
Right now it's "Velvet," a Spanish television series on Netflix. It's mostly a "guilty" pleasure because as the seasons progress, the show devolves from a well-written drama into something closer to a soap opera. I've been watching it to become more accustomed to hearing Spanish. Sometimes I watch it with Spanish subtitles - instead of English - to force myself to learn from context clues. So I guess it's really a guilty pleasure made educational.

Check out Addoley's website to learn more about her and her work.
You can find Addoley teaching in Textiles/Fibers on the 5th floor of Chalmers Hall and hanging out with students in Hashinger Hall. (We're pretty sure she does other things, but these are the ones we know about.)