This is long overdue! Shulie was a resident baker for the Bake Sale Residency for Artists program On June 4th at Smack Mellon in DUMBO Brooklyn for an film screening event. She baked delicious fruit hand pies (the crust was made with cornmeal, yum), gingerbread whoopie pies, and chocolate and red velvet cupcakes, both with cream cheese frosting. Holy hell, that stuff was amazing. We’ve finally worked out the interview, which is below, and although I can’t find the cable to connect my camera to my computer to show you pics of the bake sale (they will be up shortly), I can share with you Shulie’s photographs of her portrait project. Read on for the interview.
Tracy: Can you tell me about your body of work and about the project you were raising funds for?
Shulie: Bruckova is a self-portrait project that seeks to document generations of women in my family using photography as the central vehicle, as well as elements of performance. The prefix used in my maternal family’s Czech naming tradition, Bruckova—the diminutive form of the surname Bruck, is used to tie these women together, to establish a connective thread between these women. I make these large-scale “portraits” of my female relatives using props culled from my living family: their clothing, jewelry, makeup, and photographs all inform these images and often are used in my photographic process. I use my memories of these women as well as information gathered from interviewing my family members to attempt to construct the personalities of these women in front of the camera. Using studio lighting equipment and a large format camera, I aim to reconstruct these women’s personalities—often trying on their personas in addition to their clothing. To learn more about the project, email email@example.com.
I chatted with a few people about my ingredients (specifically about what kind of fruit I used in my hand pies), but most people seemed more interested in eating rather than talking. No one really asked me about my portrait project. I think if there had been a better way to display that information and the connection to Sweet Tooth, that might engage people more. I did think it was great that the curator made an announcement about me–it was nice to feel Smack Mellon’s support.
<Thanks for baking your butt off, Shulie!>