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 growing Nail School project, which is leading towards her Nails Across America tour next summer in a canned-ham trailer re-purposed as a nail salon. She’ll be trading manicures for stories, art, things and stuff; meeting people and making the world happy through fancy nails. Breanne is currently lecturing in art + design at SUNY Purchase, as well as an Adjunct Professor in Graphic Design at Ramapo College in New Jersey, in addition to attending 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 in the future by doing nails. However that would require her clients to pay traditional fees, and she’s more interested in using barter systems to engage with people in the salon. Can the piece be an interactive profitable business AND art piece simultaneously?
Breanne is currently writing and sending out grant applications to fund purchasing the trailer, the tour itself, and other related supplies and design work for the project. She also currently needs four new tires on her car, which she drives approximately 500 miles per week to travel to Nail School and to her Professor positions. She recently purchased a portable nail salon table.
I’m left with questions of balance: How do we as artists negotiate the pressing, daily requirement to spend money on boring living expenses while simultaneously concocting huge artistic visions requiring other potential money? How do we balance time spent making money to make art with time spent making art?
Follow up notes:
- Similar nail salon art piece: hanns eisler nail salon. Need to do more research on the details.
- Other similar projects: jen ‘n outlaws fish fry truck and crawfish boil (past Wassaic Project residents)