WC: how long have you been creating?
CR: Pretty much forever, but I found my true voice and started working in what I consider an honest and mature style in 2002-3, and have been stumbling around from there.
WC: what drives you to get up every day and create?
CR: Hashing out ideas, discovering new things about myself, and this process.
WC: what are you finding particularly inspiring right at this moment?
CR: I’ve been making these absurd little videos that have been super fun. I think their only redeeming quality is that they make me soooo happy, very self indulgent, and that’s inspiring I guess.
WC: tell us something about your studio practice that maybe no one knows or you think might be unusual?
CR: Probably not unusual at all, but I work pretty late. (***Casey has recently moved to a new studio that we had the good fortune of visiting this winter, back in February, huge high ceilings, great light and tons of space! but I felt the need to keep this in here because Casey is just, well, so great and his answers are so funny! a little glimpse into last summer anyway) My studio is above a bar and to avoid the open mic blues that comes up through the floorboards (every player apparently only knows the same shitty Stevie Ray Vaughn jam)(no offense dudes), I go in after dinner and work till 4-5am or so.
WC: how did you come to working with the material you are working with?
CR: In 2001 or so, I was introduced to cyanotype through my then girlfriend (and now partner of 18 years). At the time, she was a photography student experimenting with alternative processes and I was a printmaker. Almost instantly I fell in love with the process and it’s potential, it has evolved over the years for sure.
WC: do you think it’s necessary to go to school for art?
CR: no, but it can’t hurt, and art school is so fun. I think the treasure is all the people you meet and how they influence you. WC:
what is something at the top of your art career bucket list?
CR: I’d love to have a quiet studio in the woods, or better yet in an RV and drive around painting (and making goofy videos).
I would like to show more internationally, I think it would be awesome to exhibit work in Shanghai or Mumbai, someplace with maybe a different cultural sensibility, see what people think.
WC: is your studio life and personal life intimately intertwined or are they fairly separate?
CR: Interesting question, I would say fairly separate, although inspiration almost always happens in my personal life and I drag it into the studio to work out.
WC: if you could pick one other artist to exhibit with, who would it be?
CR: I have so many artists I admire, at the top of the list, perhaps a superstar like Jockum Nordström, or Michael Krueger. That would be a great time to retire.