NAME: Martha Monick
Member since: 2015 (I think)
Profession: Retired scientist and printmaker wannabe
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am a long time Iowa City person (since 1968) and have recently retired from the University. My life there was full of science, colleagues and students. I will be forever grateful to the University for the lessons learned and the opportunities for my family. However, from my hippy days, I have always loved to make things, which is where ICPC entered my life.
Q1. YOU x YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO PS1:
With work no longer taking up all the free corners of my life, I am exploring the joy of creating things (it isn’t any more specific then that). I first took a bookmaking workshop from Kalmia and since then have been ICPC's most enthusiastic workshop attendee. I always learn something; I always have fun. Sometimes I take home a skill to be used again and again, but sometimes not – it’s all good.
Q2. THE FIRST IMPRESSION:
I think I would call it love at first sight. The members are interesting and enthusiastic and by taking workshops, I get to hang around the gallery. The exhibits are eclectic and if I wasn’t taking a workshop, I would probably never come down to the basement of Wesley house to see what was going on.
Q3. THE BEST (AND WORST!?):
One of the early workshops I took was prontoplate lithography with Allison Rosh. It was my first time to use a printing press…and I fell in love. Worst??? I don’t know that there is a worst, sometimes what I was trying to do fell flat or the workshops were more talk and less doing, but what a great way to spend an afternoon or evening they have been.
Q4. WHY THE LOVE!?!?
I love the people who are committed to community and art and willing to share their skills. I love that there is space for people who can contribute a lot and space for people who can only be involved every now and then. I think the community is richer for the diversity and wild and crazy that PS1 adds to our lives. I am happiest when Iowa City is not too stodgy.
Q5.. PS1 x FUTURE:
I love what PS1 does, all of it from the workshops to the shows and exhibits to the fundraisers. My great desire is that they could move into a space with natural light. I’m a light freak and think some windows and light would make PS1 about perfect.