Q&A with Anne Weshinskey

How old are you? Old enough Where are you from? Chicago, Illi­nois, USA Tell us a lit­tle known fact about your­self: I sucked my thumb un­til I was 13. What are your best and worst habits?: I am the most mod­er­ate neu­rotic you will ever meet.

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THIS week we talk to Anne Weshinskey, whose performanc­e art is one of the 65 ex­hibits at Plas Bodfa in Llan­goed.

Q

What are you best known for?

A

Being the only non-Chi­nese foot jug­gler in the world who can ma­nip­u­late five um­brel­las at a time.

Q

Tell us about your ex­hi­bi­tion

A

“Steak­house” is a piece of performanc­e art tak­ing place at the site of the orig­i­nal Plas Bodfa Steak­house din­ing room.

Q

What can peo­ple ex­pect?

A

I am not en­tirely sure what to ex­pect my­self! Gen­er­ally with performanc­e art, the artist sets the pa­ram­e­ters for the ac­tion and then be­gins. De­pend­ing upon the au­di­ence or other vari­ables, the work un­folds with­out a pre-de­ter­mined out­come. Let’s just say there will be steak, cham­pagne and hope­fully stim­u­lat­ing con­ver­sa­tion.

Q

Tell us five things which great­make your ex­hi­bi­tion A

The site-speci­ficity of this piece is prob­a­bly its most distin­guish­ing fea­ture. Plas Bodfa at one point fea­tured a work­ing steak­house at which many lo­cal peo­ple dined. Be­cause this work de­scribes, through the act of din­ing in a ru­ined build­ing, the de­cay of

em­pires, it is a fun way to ex­am­ine a le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal and so­cial dilemma.

Q

Tell us what’s good about the venue

A

The best part of Plas Bodfa is that it is owned by very dear friends of mine who have an un­wa­ver­ing vi­sion of the in­te­gra­tion of art and life, and the work ethic(s) to make their mis­sion a re­al­ity, which will greatly ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­nity on An­gle­sey. Julie Up­meyer was my co-con­spir­a­tor for the art space we ran in Is­tan­bul and I have great con­fi­dence in her

abil­i­ties to turn this space into an arts desti­na­tion.

Q

Who is your favourite artist and why?

A

Amer­i­can film­maker/ author/in­sti­ga­tor John Wa­ters. Be­cause he is filthy, versatile, and still un­apolo­get­i­cally de­ranged at the age of 72. I my­self abide by his ethos, “I pride my­self on the fact that my work has no so­cially re­deem­ing value”.

Q What’s next for you? What are you work­ing on, or what do you plan to work on?

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