Sabrina Gschwandtner

COLA Fellow Sabrina Gschwandtner Responds to The Los Angeles Press Questionnaire

Why do you make things?

Making things is a form of shared thinking.

What impact, if any, do you hope your work makes on your audience?  

A new experience of montage.

What subjects most draw your interest? 

Women, textiles, cloth, film, labor, and light.

Does solitude impact your work? 

I need solitude to do certain aspects of my work like conceive of new projects or edit video, but collaboration or a collaborative spirit infuses most of my projects.

Does art matter?  

Artists are agents of change. They can bring into material existence what exists as possibility.

What do you want to make as a COLA fellow? 

I’m working on a series of 35mm film quilts containing clips of movies that were made by the earliest female filmmakers, whose work from the late 1800s and early 1900s is woefully under-recognized. I’m connecting the historical contributions women have made in film to filmmaking today, especially filmmaking here in Los Angeles. I want to rewrite cinema history.

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