Five Alive is where we ask creative people we admire five questions about their practice. Today we are featuring DC-area artist Becca Kallem.
Becca Kallem received an MFA in painting from the University of New Hampshire, with a BA in Art and Spanish from the College of William and Mary. She held a Fulbright teaching fellowship in Madrid, Spain and teaches elementary art. Most recently, her work has been exhibited in the DC area at Transformer Gallery, Pleasant Plains Workshop, Heiner Contemporary, Hillyer Art Space, and Mary Washington University. She is a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia. She belongs to the artist groups Sparkplug and Project Dispatch.
What is your favorite art making tool?
Tie: neon pink paint, palette knife.
What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?
Another tie: Gillian Welch, Bronski Beat (obscure '80s queer band)
Where do you go for peace and quiet?
Sitting on the floor of my studio or bedroom.
Where is your next dream travel destination?
Turkey or Vancouver BC
Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?
I am teaching an oil painting class, and apart from white, I am having my students use primary color pairings: alizarin crimson/cadmium red, cerulean blue/ultramarine blue, lemon yellow/yellow ochre. I don't use yellow ochre much anymore myself, but I feel like in its natural earthiness it is a magical, primeval color, like the basic matter that EVERYTHING is made of!