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30 Mar - Meet Bard Artist: Kira Buckel

New York

Kira Buckel is a painter who intermixes collage and found papers to produce works that blend everyday realities with imagination.

 

Name: Kira Buckel

Age: 23

Hometown: Cutchogue, New York

Where you at now: Long Island, New York

Graduation Year: 2016

 

Inspiration:

After learning that the poet W.H. Auden had stayed at the Freehand New York’s former George Washington Hotel, I felt that his poetry was a great source of inspiration for my guest room murals. I was drawn to Auden’s poems “Lullaby”, “As I Walked Out One Evening”, “Are You There?”, and “The More Loving One”. These poems were a meaningful starting point for my drawings; their keen descriptions of love, the passage of time, sleeping and dreaming, nature, and the human condition inspired the imagery in my drawings and murals.

 

Favorite museum in the U.S.?

The Met in NYC – always something new to see and I like getting lost in there.

 

Favorite landmark in New York?

I’ve always loved the ceiling inside Grand Central Terminal.

 

Most inspiring moment as an artist?

There are endless inspiring moments! Anytime I walk through an art gallery or museum, or even things that happen in life on a daily basis, so many moments to behold…

 

Which objects, people, and places do you most find inspiration in?

Found things spontaneously picked up, books, people I know & love, the sea and nature in general.

 

Who is your favorite living artist right now?

Allison Schulnik is one of my favorites. I love her thickly painted canvases and animated films.

Favorite museum in the U.S.?

The Met in NYC – always something new to see and I like getting lost in there.

 

Favorite landmark in New York? 

I’ve always loved the ceiling inside Grand Central Terminal.

 

Favorite activity other than art? 

Playing the piano, listening to music, reading, watching films – all things that inspire/influence me.

 

Most inspiring moment as an artist? 

There are endless inspiring moments! Anytime I walk through an art gallery or museum, or even things that happen in life on a daily basis, so many moments to behold…

 

What is your preferred medium? Why? 

Paints (all kinds) and collage with painted paper. I like the amount of layers I can play with when painting and also with collage.

 

Which objects, people, and places do you most find inspiration in? 

Found things spontaneously picked up, books, people I know & love, the sea and nature in general.

 

What is your creative process like? 

Often messy – sitting in paint and glued together fingers.

Often peaceful – painting outside from observation, also exploring/traveling and taking photos of subjects that could make their way into paintings.

 

What experience (or experiences) have most defined you as an artist, and shaped your style? 

I think the opportunities I’ve had with art at Bard have shaped how I make art – working with artists and professors who are engaged with their work and with the work of students. At Bard, I also learned new tools/mediums and worked on a really large scale, which helped me grow. Outside of schooling, I think growing up in the country and by the sea has influenced me, and the types of images that I’m drawn to.

 

Who is your favorite living artist right now? 

Alison Schulnik is one of my favorites. I love her thickly painted canvases and animated films.

 

What other projects are you working on besides the Freehand? 

I’m working on Long Island, painting, and moving forward. 🙂