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    Profile of an Artist - Ingrid Dabringer

    Geo Beats

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    Profile of an Artist - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. My name is Ingrid Dabringer. Professionally, I am an artist. I love to teach kids. I get a lot out of their perspective on life and their ability with lines and colors that is just totally organic. I am constitutionally incapable of staying with one medium. I cannot. It is kind of a problem. You know, I am such a generalist. It makes me a good teacher, because with the kids I am like, “You could do that, you could do that. Yeah, that is great.” But, I look at trash, and I am like, “Oh, hey, this stuff is really cool.” My eyes are just so visually… I am so visually stimulated that everything is sort of an option. Since I can remember, I have always been making something. Even when my grandma died, I found this tiny little pillow that I had embroidered. I must have been eight. And it was a sort of moment where I was like, “You know, I just have always been making stuff.” My undergrad I did in film. So I worked in film for five years, but I never really felt like film was my thing. It did not really… You know, I am kind of quiet and you kind of have to really push in film and in my spare time I was always making stuff. People were calling me an artist. Then I was taking a small metals class, in Boston, and she was telling me this story of how she had taken every small metals class - the teacher had - in the entire Boston area and she was not done. And she realized that she wanted to do small metals and that she had to quit her job and go to school. She went to Mass College of Art. I was sitting there listening to this story and I thought, “I will wonder when I will be brave enough to admit that that is what I want to do?” And I thought, “Oh, God, I just admitted it.” So, in my first year at Mass Art, I am thinking, “What am I doing here? This is insane. Like I want kids, You know, this is so impractical.” And I did go to high school in the east, you know in the northeast. So you have all this, you know, like in eighth grade they are talking about achievements, and I did not even know what an achievement was because I just moved from Ecuador. So, like you are growing up in this scene. It is a pretty heavy academic scene and you know, “What are you going to do?” And, you know, Artist is not in that, you know, roster of options. Everyday it is different because from one day to the next I have a different of what art is. One definition kind of incorporates every aspect of living, and so I am like, “Well, that is a little to large, I think I will redefine it the next day.” But, I think I am fine with the fact that it just keeps changing.