An Interdisciplinary Friendship: Rajesh Parameswaran and Joeun Kim Aatchim in Conversation

An Interdisciplinary Friendship: Rajesh Parameswaran and Joeun Kim Aatchim in Conversation

Writer Rajesh Parameswaran ( I Am An Executioner: Love Stories ) and painter and multimedia artist Joeun Kim Aatchim met at Yaddo in 2023, where they struck up an interdisciplinary friendship. In this conversation, they discuss the distractions of residencies, how much viewers and readers should be asked to imagine, artistic layering, shifts in perspective, the mortality of memories, pain, and Emily Dickinson. * Rajesh Parameswaran: So, we met during a residency at Yaddo. What were you working on during the residency? Joeun Kim Aatchim: I actually had this clear plan. I had a project which was titled “Messing Up the Melodies For Chasing After Missing Lyrics.” So basically, you're looking at so many details that you're messing up the whole song. But I couldn't do that. And my other plan, which was to do a memory-based project of what happened last winter with my health and my personal things in Korea, also didn't happen because I couldn't get into the space, the memory space, because, as you know, we had to have (communal) dinner every day. And usually, when I do memory-based projects, I have to get into the space. So I pretty much isolate myself and imagine the space and time. I have to be elsewhere. But I couldn't get into the space because of meeting new people. RP: Like me. JKA: There are so many writers and inside jokes to remember. RP: Is it easier for you to work when you're back home in your own studio? JKA: Yes and no. Now I can do the memory-based project of my time at Yaddo. It's a kind of game. Like, I try to remember my room in Yaddo, and try to remake it here. RP: Did you find the interdisciplinary aspect, although distracting, to also be productive? JKA: Oh my God. That distraction is the best part of being in a residency like Yaddo, which has other people in other disciplines, because I don't meet those people in my studio, and I usually don't even go outside much when I'm working in my studio. RP: I mean, […]

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