Mo Quick, (b.1998) is from Dallas, TX, and is a BFA candidate at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She works with narratives in drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and book making. Quick frequently collaborates with young creatives, curating and displaying in shows including Where You At? a rotating group show, Close to Home at Joe Bar, Friends Fest 2 at Werewolf Vacation, Conefest, While Supplies Last at Amandine Bakery & Georgetown Art Walk, Atmosphere 2, and Funeral Fest, along with several shows at Cornish: Foundations Exhibition, ⅔, Faculty Selects, DIY (2018 and 2019), Intimate Chaos, and Bogus Blooms.
As a piece of a puzzle, a pile of purple sand, a fuzz blowing in an air vent, a gleam in the eye of a scraggly toy my mom pulled out of her closet, as all of these little trinkets and chachkies — I make. I make from nostalgia and stories, collections and inspections, or anything waxy and maxy and full of speed. I work to play. I work to make things that make me so entirely happy, no matter how reckless, scrappy, melty, raggedy, or shiny they may be. My narratives navigate an ambiguous space in a world I’ve had a hand in creating, where stars are happy, sunsets are green and sparkly, and shadows are their own entity. Each piece of the puzzle contributes to a big ol’ story that makes my work my own. Collaboration allows my personal work to grow, and as I make new discoveries with others it pushes me to experiment, to have fun, to bring people in and say “it’s your turn to glue together 45 pom poms into a big star shape.” Working with others and understanding new collaborative dynamics helps me to put my work and ideas into perspective. Doing things I don’t know how to do is one of the easiest ways for me to play, as long as I don’t forget that not knowing is great, and that getting to the place of knowing may make me think about all the other things I don’t know, which is even better.
Not knowing + play = a good creative day.