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And those people maybe never stop laughing to themselves at people who say "curated by" on, like, band-show fliers.
They all have Ph.D.s, so they may never stop laughing anyway at curatorial-studies majors.
What's still kind of private to you?
I suppose my relationships with other artists are what I continue to try to grow and maintain very preciously and have a lot of respect for.
What's Clayton going to do?
We'll live together, and he will hopefully try to find a job in fabrication or as an artist's assistant, and that's a huge opportunity in itself. He's trying to learn the business himself, in the studio 30 hours a week. In KC, there's not very many blue-chip artists to get in with. He's thrilled. And we have each other to come home to.
Would you ever come back to work here?
The program's two years, and I need to get through that and see where I am. I'm not from Kansas City. I really like living here, so if after school I say I really want to live in a midsized city again, KC would definitely be, like, "Why not?"
So Melaney is going to take over?
Yes. She has all of her big furniture and is starting to move all her boxes in. She's been interning with me for the last two years. She's, I believe, planning to focus on arts writing. And she's going to continue to curate exhibitions, and I've encouraged her to form her own conceptual dialogue that she's interested in. I work so intuitively, and I love working with people. It has kept me so motivated. I'd love her to have that, too.
We've worked out a mission statement. The one thing we had to keep was the name: Subterranean.
What about your landlord?
Actually, he doesn't know. At least, he doesn't let on. I went in there and paid my rent a few months ago, and a fuse had blown down here. I'd commandeered all of the nasty basement space next to the apartment. He saw that the space, that maintenance space, was very different, that it was [painted] all white. He said to his dad, "This is the girl who lives in the basement." And they both nodded a little bit. He wrote me a good letter of recommendation for my next apartment. He called me the ideal tenant.