Interview by Ginger Dunhill of Art Beat Conversations

Thank you Ginger Dunhill from the amazing podcast series Art Beat Conversations for interviewing me and creating a beautiful podcast to share with the world about my life, art and activism.  It’s a hefty 65 minutes long with some of my favorite tracks including an original guitar piece by Sandra ten Zijthoff, a song by the Bulgarian State Female Vocal Choir, another by my all time favorite Japanese enka-singer Misora Hibari and more. I must say that as someone who conducts interviews myself, I was super impressed with the way Ginger was able to bring out some funny stories and authentic sharing despite never having met me before. I’ve been interviewed in the past by some rad folks but there’s always something special that happens when the interviewer and interviewee are on the same wavelength.

I’ve listened to Ginger’s other interviews with artists and activists (mostly indigenous or POC) and they are spot on. They’ve been great to listen to while I’m drawing, cooking, etc. Hope you’ll go and check out her other interviews too and support her!

More about Art Beat Conversations from Ginger’s website:

Art Beat Conversations is a collection of interviews, a mix-tape of the artist’s process, highlighting ideas and stories that make up the art and give insight into the motivations behind the artist and their work. 

This podcast seeks to uncover the ABC’s of making art your life from the perspective of the artist, opening a dialogue to better understand the process behind the art. Focusing on outsider artists and musicians, primarily indigenous and/or activist focused art. Through conversation, we hear story and process and find out how to maintain the artwork as the life work. This project is intended to provide company to artists sitting in the studio for hours on end, to create the time and space for connection to the human being behind the art.

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 If you could sit down and pick the brain of an artist whose work you admire, or who’s lifestyle or passion you are intrigued by, what would you ask? What would you want to know? Where would you want a conversation to take you?

With this project, I hope to unfold simple yet inspiring answers about understanding the process of the artist. I hope to find the beauty that is made out of the mundane and the methodical. The brilliant activated artist lifestyle that is pushed from obsession and repetition, from being an outsider, not saying yes, but asking why. I want to know what makes the human make the art.

I will release two new podcast interviews each month, covering a wide range of subject matter with the main thread being The Artist themselves and their process. I will talk to Visual Artists of all mediums, Musicians, Activists, DJ’s, Performance Artists, Art Collectives and anyone who I find that is so inspired by their work that they cannot do much else in this life. The goal is to find out what is behind the art. What is the process that makes the human make the art.

 


xx

Miyuki

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com

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