Insights Behind the Camera's Lens

Hello World! In an attempt to delve deeper into the artMEAT world, we would like to take a peek into the lives of our contributors. We are going to get down and dirty with our fabulous photographer from the “where the Serpents come” artMEAT collaboration piece in issue Ø, Maureen Delaney. Since Maureen is a woman of many talents, she also wrote the poem “premature” in the issue.

Upon meeting, Delanté G. Keys (Artistic Director of artMEAT) and Maureen immediately hit it off. Once he discovered she was a photographer, he was very excited to get to work on the artMEAT collaboration to bring his poem on a creation myth to life.  Maureen showed up with a clear vision, some amazing techniques, and incredible directing skills.

I reached out to Maureen with a series of questions to learn more about her background. She was kind enough to indulge yet another request from the artMEAT crew. Here is how the interview went down:

1) Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Maureen Delaney and I live in Austin with my twelve year old and nine year old kids. For my day job, I am a server. I love to create through photography, drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, writing, gardening, and cooking. I dance with the Austin Samba School, and this year I would like to branch into acting as well.

2) What’s your background?

I was born in Omaha Nebraska, as the firstborn to my college professor dad and homemaker mom. I have one brother who is three years younger. I lived in Omaha until I was 9, then Bloomington, Illinois until the age of 14. I went to high school outside of Philadelphia and then I moved to Brooklyn, where I graduated from the Pratt Institute. I worked as a professional printer and taught elementary ESL in the South Bronx. After living for 8 years in New York, I moved to Austin 11 years ago.

3) Do you remember a particular moment in your life that inspired you?

I remember the first time I got my own disposable camera, when I was 12. I started to fall in love with photography then.

4) Have you ever been inspired by food, a drink, or a song?

Music inspires me hugely as a dancer. I love music and am always listening to it, but I am not sure how much it sparks ideas for visual art for me.

5) Do you have a dream project?

Stepping into a painting studio completely set up with oils and huge canvases...

6) What is your favorite or most inspirational place?

One of my favorite spots in Austin is Campbell's Hole on the Greenbelt.

7) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Don't ever be afraid to make mistakes, because you learn more from mistakes than you do from successes.

8) What advice or tips would you like to share with others who are thinking about working with artMEAT?

Do it! Submit your work!

I have to give a big shout out to Maureen for sharing her gifts, time, and smiles with us. We were damn lucky to get her participation in issue Ø, and we look forward to working with her in the future.

If you or someone you know wants to contribute, we are eagerly waiting to see what you have got. We did not bribe Maureen for her endorsement above so I would take it to heart. If you would like to be included in our upcoming issue focusing on the idea of “Never Have I Ever” please check out our Submit page. If you are interested in subscribing to artMEAT, please click the button below. We look forward to meeting new artists and fostering collaborations with our growing artist collective. Please feel free to shoot any questions to thisisartmeat@gmail.com.

Until next time fellow artMEATERs!

CrEATiverly Yours,

K