an ongoing series of interviews and discussions about art and business. how do they balance out? how do we make this stuff real?
Breanne’s interview was a casual porch-interview, over some quality glasses of water. We talked about her blossoming Nail School project, which is leading towards a Nails Across America tour next summer in a canned-ham trailer re-purposed as a nail salon, trading manicures for stories, art, things, stuff, meeting people and making the world happy through fancy nails. Breanne is currently a lecturer in art + design at SUNY Purchase and adjunct professor in graphic design at Ramapo College in New Jersey, in addition to going to Nail School four nights a week. She holds an MFA from RISD and a BFA from the University of Texas, Arlington.
Breanne talked about how it’s a strange line between her art, business as art, and art as business. she’d love to be able to sustain herself through the future by doing nails. But that requires having people pay traditional fees and she is interested in using barter systems to engage with people in the salon. can that fit into actually having it as a profitable business at the same time? Can the piece be an interactive profitable business AND art piece?
Breanne is currently writing and sending out grant applications to help fund the purchase of the trailer, the tour itself, and other related supplies and design work for the project. She also currently needs 4 new tires on her car, which she drives approximately 500 miles per week to travel to Nail School and to her professor jobs. She recently purchased a portable nail salon table.
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