Cat Glennon and Ken Madore are an artist couple living in Brooklyn in a communal live work space. Ken is an artist and woodworker who has recently begun to incorporate leaded glass into his sculpture practice of building ritual objects inspired by medieval architecture. Cat is an inter-disciplinary artist whose work includes photography, zines, performance and architectural installations. Using historical research, feminism and storytelling her work explores the idea of the American frontier and twists the typically masculine narrative into something that allows for a more honest or inclusive view of events.
Cat Glennon & Ken Madore
Art has many facets, and we have multi-faceted artists. In this episode, I interview two talented Brooklyn-based artists Cat Glennon and Ken Madore. Cat and Ken were resident artists at Habitable Spaces working on a fabulous stained glass mosaic wall they will be telling us about.
Cat and Ken will be sharing their art journey, how they dealt with the early days of Corona living with housemates in an old hotel, their history with the farm, their projects, and visions for their art. Also, the artists will be sharing words of wisdom for people who want to take a similar journey to theirs. Listen in and learn!
Key Talking Points of the Episode:
[02:10] A description of the mosaic project that Ken and Cat worked
[17:51] Cat and Ken’s quarantine experiences and how they came down to Habitable Spaces
[34:22] Cat’s art background before coming to Habitable Spaces and her first project at the farm
[43:15] Cat’s enlightenment from the project
[44:36] Cat’s advice to artists
[49:18] Ken’s stained glass course
[50:47] Ken’s home art project
[53:38] Ken’s nautical background
[59:10] Ken’s most outstanding projects
[01:00:08] Cat’s advice to anyone who wants to be a professional artist
[01:02:18] Cat’s vision for her future artistically and creatively
Standout Quotes from the Episode:
“It’s really difficult to maintain an art practice when you are putting energy into working a job.”
“Art changed a lot when you couldn’t see it anymore.”
“I feel that a lot of what’s going on Right now politically and all that, and the world is it’s because a lot of our big artists have died. And we need more imagination and vision. And instead of infighting.”