Interviews

Meet the artist Callie Hirsch!

Cepheus, Tangents from Worthington’s Annual 11” x 8.5” Book page© Callie Hirsch

Brief introduction of yourself.

My name is Callie Danae Hirsch and I am a multi-disciplinary visual artist in painting and photography. I have called NYC my home for over the past 30 years, and my studio is in South Brooklyn. I moved to Manhattan to go to Parsons School of Design, receiving a BFA in photography, and my Master’s is in Studio Art from New York University. My 9 to 5 job is in technology, so when I get home my passion to create is bubbling over. On weekends you can find me at the nearby Green-Wood Cemetery photographing monk parrots, other wildlife and beehives, capturing the light, then returning home to edit the photos and settle into painting till evening’s end.
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Fantastical in Blue, 50 x 65.5 inches framed at Imago Galleries© Callie Hirsch

Does your work engage with current events (and how) ?

Art and being an artist in the current US political climate is an act of resistance. The need to reflect what is happening, to join in fundraising and create art that says something politically now feels like necessity. I recently made one such art donation to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. Recycling found objects has always worked its way into my art, upcycling a new life for them.
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Blue Mythologies, Acrylic on wood, 14” x 11”© Callie Hirsch

Can you describe your typical working day?

I get home from my day job around 6pm, and I am eager to settle down for a night of painting. I work on several projects at one time, allowing one to dry while moving on to another. My studio is filled with art. I find it very inspirational to be surrounded by that which excites me. I take my inspiration from wandering the streets of the city photographing details. I love to discover what is missed most in the hustle of city life; the quiet moments and what is left behind.
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Drifts of Fantasy, 52” x 75” Oil on canvas© Callie Hirsch

Which techniques do you want to try next?

I would love to work in mosaics, as well as with metals. I would love to work on a larger scale, to create art that you can live in, that surrounds you. I would like to collaborate with a sound designer and paint small rooms that people can simply experience for a short period of time, alone for 20 or 30 minutes, and just be present in without their phone or social media, no distractions, like an art meditation.
CallieAt_PierogiGalleries

Compassion, 25.5″ x 20″, Work on paper, at Pierogi Gallery © Callie Hirsch

Which painting would you choose for your living room and why?

I would choose the Austrian artist and architect,FriedensreichHundertwasser. His philosophies aboutlife and art in harmony with nature really speak to me.

Callie Hirsch

Callie Hirsch© Robin Kurtz

Discover her :www.callieart.com/

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