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On Art, Audience, and Activism: Brian Rea, Catapult’s October Artist
“If I see the sun come up once in a while, it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something no one else did.”
As part of our Catapult Artist program, Nicole Caputo, Catapult’s art director, sits with October’s #CatapultArtist for a conversation on art, creativity, and the artist’s life.
Election Anxiety.f I can touch people emotionally, sometimes that can “burn” more, and maybe that affects some change in a viewer’s behavior or thinking.
’s on the schedule. Sometimes illustration and animation, sometimes painting. Other days, I do invoicing and estimates. I stay busy and mix it up to keep things fresh. I’m usually home by dinner, then I do more work once the lil’ guy goes down for the night. I love working late, when I can. If I see the sun come up once in a while, it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something no one else did. •
This interview has been edited for clarity.
Nicole is the Creative Director of Counterpoint Press, the Art Director of Catapult, and the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group.
Awards include a Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.
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