The Heroine’s Journey of Adrienne Moumin

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The process of discovery in the darkroom and collage studio. I enter with no preconceived notions, and am always thrilled with whatever comes out of my efforts.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Walking around the city, looking at art and photographing architecture and store window tableaux. Topped off by a great dinner with a good friend in a fun restaurant, and a people-watching during the long walk home.

What is my greatest fear? That I will be demented and/or abused when I am old and feeble.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Too private to divulge publicly! 😉

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Steve Sherman (photographer) and Etty Yaniv (mixed media and collage)

What is my greatest extravagance? Maintaining dwellings in two different geographical areas. Which is also my greatest challenge!

On what occasion would I lie? When telling the truth would hurt someone needlessly.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Framing, wrapping, transporting. I’m currently hiring for a slave/sherpa!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I have large uninterrupted blocks of time to spend in the darkroom and collage studio.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would take more chances/live less in the “safety zone.”

What is my greatest achievement in work? I used a period of time without a darkroom as the genesis of my still-ongoing “Architextures” series. It became “what I will do in the meantime” to the main part of my practice, and remains so over 15 years later.

Where would I most like to live? I would like to live in New York on a full-time, rather than part-time basis.

What is my most treasured possession? My co-op apartment in NYC.

What is my most marked characteristic? My tenacity.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Anywhere there is interesting historical architecture and infrastructure.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? At this moment, it’s a tossup between the Rubin Museum and nearby Serenata Mexican.

What books influenced my life and how? High Art Down Home: An Economic Ethnography of a Local Art Market, by Stuart Plattner. I read this when I feel discouraged about how hard it is to make it as an independent artist. It reminds me it’s the same for everyone. Also, Beyond Basic Photography, by Henry Horenstein. A classic darkroom technical manual for producing excellent prints.

Who are my favorite writers? James Howard Kunstler; Siddhartha Mukherjee; Mary Roach; Marya Hornbacher.

What music would I listen on my last day? Counting Crows – August and Everything After; Chuck Prophet – Age of Miracles; Pink Floyd – The Division Bell; Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ..

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I don’t read fiction. As a child, I was enormously inspired by the Cherry Ames mystery novel series.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? I have a close friend (name withheld) who is intrepid about adventuring anywhere with anyone at any time. She is very deep and smart and talented, and really knows how to have fun.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Noah, which came out in 2013 and stars Russell Crowe.

What role plays art in my life and work? A very large role – almost everything I do relates to my art.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My spouse.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I would love to continue to work with my current dealer, Robert Anderson. We have a great relationship. There are a couple of other dealers that I am courting (whose names I can’t mention here), whom I would also love to work with.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019? Maureen Mcquillan, Kym Ghee, Suzan Shutan.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I would like to complete several very large-scale silver gelatin photo collages.

Where can you see me or my work? I am currently represented by Robert Anderson Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I will always feel strongly about art and creativity, regardless of how old I grow.

How can you contact me?

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