Unedited conversations between artist in a productive critique  discovering  thesis and processes behind the work.








June 2017



For June, artists Lee Materazzi, Barbara Daniels, and Amber Kandarian, discuss their practice with Olivia Ramos.

Daniels in conversation with Ramos

Kandarian in conversation with Ramos


Lee Materazzi


Lee Materazzi's photographs have a sculptural quality, attributed to her studies at Central Saint martins in London where she completed her degree in fine arts. The photographs are based in everyday life, though Materazzi transcends the documentarian quality of life to elevated concepts about living. The photographs take the mundane tasks and chores of our existence and express the way in which they affect our consciouses.




Barbara Daniels


Imagine our modern society with the roles of humans and animals reversed. What would it look like? My current artwork strives to answer this question, confronting its viewers with the inconvenient truths behind our modern existence along the way.


Moving from California to Berlin in 2013 was the creative spark which led to the creation of “Happy Farms” and the series of pen and ink drawings “Why it Sucks to be Human!” These works combine artistic styles visible in my previous acrylic paintings with characters and storytelling elements I developed while experimenting with illustration.


I studied painting at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland between 2001 and 2005. Since graduating, I have never stopped striving to be a master of my craft. I pay careful attention to detail and constantly push my own artistic boundaries.


Although my life has taken me to many different places, my heart will always remain in the tiny village of Drimkeary, Ireland, where I grew up with 6 brothers in a small house filled with engine parts and carpentry tools. The murals I painted on the walls in my old bedroom are still there today to tell the story of how my journey as an artist began.




Amber Kandarian


Amber Rose Kandarian's mission in life has been to make knowledge more sexy. this mission led her to produce and release a feature length documentary at the age of 21 into theaters in the us and Australia (a documentary about the sacrifices documentarians make to shift the culture and enlighten us about what is really going on in the world). the guerrilla marketing successes and release of this film gave her the opportunity to speak and educate as a lecturer at high schools and universities in the us and overseas. Kandarian later landed the position of chief editor at tvnz's (tv New Zealand) show the rookie and Saturday Disney during her global travels. Kandarian was then invited to work on a feature documentary for the bbc in her motherland Armenia where she soon became Armenia's first female professional dj.


after touring the globe as an American Armenian female pioneer in the disc-jockey world, Kandarian ventured into the secret world of mega yachts. she worked as a first mate and chef to learn the secrets of the most successful people in the world and to raise capital for her next endeavor, and


While living on the yachts and the powerful and influential Kandarian came to be frustrated by the reclusive and arid manner in which our society isolates knowledge and academics. convinced that the documentary lens could make true knowledge sexy and attractive to popular culture, Kandarian’s mission is to get docuthesis (documentary + thesis) into every research institution to assist in scholarships and the support of academia by translating the best thesis from universities into bit size pieces of knowledge the public can understand, learn from and use to better the communities we live in and improve the quality of life for all of humanity.