Ethan Bodnar - Artist Interview Series - Electric Objects

Ethan Bodnar

Oakland, CA

Botanical Motion Studies blurs the line between the indoors and outdoors. The series questions how nature and technology coexist in the home: what can technology learn from the meditative effects of plants?”

— Alex, Electric Objects
Can we see a picture of your workspace and/or desktop?

Drawing session with Hannah in my backyard in Oakland, California.

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What have you been working on lately?

Dissecting flowers in horticulture class. Also, getting ready for painting a school garden mural this spring with middle school students, making seed infused paper for a zine fest in Berkeley, and a launching a series of ceramics called Plant Outfits.

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What’s some recent work of yours that you’re proud of?

Recently, designing the first garden for my friend Christian and his family in Ohio.

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What tools do you use in your work?

Felco pruning shears.

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Can you tell us about your process?

Combined these words together on Kevin’s studio door last spring.

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Any last advice for the folks just starting out?

From my first visit to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

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Top Five Most Influential Visuals

Isamu Noguchi

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Ellsworth Kelly

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Beetlebung Farm

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Mari Andrews

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Dr. Dain L. Tasker

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What are the best places to see your work?
What sites do you visit for inspiration?
Whose work do you follow?

Thanks for the interview,
Ethan