INTERVIEW: Catherine Fairbanks

Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland. Kelly’s writing has appeared in such regional publications as Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum. She has done a series of interviews with artists with ties to Las Vegas for celebration of our music issue.


1) What is your relationship to sound in the studio?

I still listen to music or audio books/podcasts in my studio. I’ve heard people say that at some point artists stop listening to music when they work, but it hasn’t changed for me yet.

2) What is your relationship to music in the studio?

I like the music to be loud enough to drown out the sounds of my studiomates working.

3) What, if anything, is in heavy rotation in your studio right now?

I seem to listen to Amadou and Miriam right now a lot. But when I’m doing really slow quiet work I listen to audio books or lectures on Youtube, like Richard Dawkins, Rowan Williams, etc., or artist lectures from the archives of institutions like the Walker Museum.

4) What would be your desert island studio record?

Hot Chip

Catherine Fairbanks was born Binghamton, New York. She lives and works in Los Angeles
Her work has been shown in various venues including the VAST SPACE PROJECTS and Emergency Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more about her here.

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