How Do You Like Your Coffee?
A monthly conversation with a student artist about his or her art, passion, and who he or she is over a common love among artists: coffee. This week I interviewed Senior Grace Bartlett, a film director, music enthusiast, and the bass guitarist of Girlband.
Me: You seem to enjoy all forms of artistic expression. What or who got you into art?
Grace: I got into art mostly from trying things out and finding that I really enjoy creating things. I love the process of envisioning something in my head and then slowly seeing it become something real and tangible and being able to share it with other people.
M: Which art form came first, and which one is your favorite?
G: I started taking guitar lessons when I was in seventh grade. I think that I tend to favor whatever form I am working on the most at the time. I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a [documentary], so that’s really what I’ve been into the most lately, but I think I don’t really favor one over another.
M: What inspires you?
G: As cheesy as it is, great art really inspires me. When I study a song or a film and begin to understand how it was made, I begin to see how I can improve my own guitar/bass playing or filmmaking, and I find those discoveries really exciting and inspiring.
M: What artists do you look up to? Why?
G: The artists I look up to tend to be people within the community - people like Jeff Tocci (the former NCTV director); Jake Vohs, (musician); and Kit Noble (the photographer who I work under at N Magazine). It’s impossible for me to see their work ethics and the amazing art that they create first hand and not admire [what] they do. I listen to a lot of Led Zeppelin, Black Keys, The Rolling Stones, and Cage the Elephant…I can’t listen to them and not want to pick up an instrument. As far as films go, Barbara Kopple and Morgan Neville create very different yet very moving films that are pretty inspiring to me.
M: If you could have written any song, what song would it be?
G: Either Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes or Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones.
M: You seem to like directing documentaries. Any particular reason why?
G: Besides just kind of having a knack for docs, I think that some of the best stories are the ones that happen in real life and tend to be the ones that need to be told the most.
M: How has growing up on Nantucket influenced your artistic voice or viewpoint?
G: Growing up on Nantucket has really given me access to mentors and opportunities that I simply would not have anywhere else. I would have never picked up a camera if it wasn’t for the NFF’s Teen View Program and filming (and the people that I have met because of it) has brought me so much joy and satisfaction it’s hard to imagine what the past four year would have been like without it. In short, I don’t think I would really have an artistic voice or at least not a very well developed one, if it wasn’t for Nantucket.
M: Lastly, how do you like your coffee?