Black Bucket Essays is a monthly series of essays related to art/culture, written by a group of visual artists. Each month a prompt will be given and each contributing artist will be asked to construct a written response (250-500 words). The prompts could come in the form of a quote, video, article, exhibition, individual artwork, current event, etc. There will be no stipulations in terms of format or style.
At the very end of 2014, Eileen Wold and Leah Cooper discussed the influence their fellow art contemporaries from the MFA Studio Art program at Maryland Institute College of Art had on their thinking and art making process. These artists were part of five different graduating classes but overlapped over four summers. And during those intense weeks in the studio, a unique framework developed, in which each artist would exchange ideas and influences with certain ideological consistencies. A desire to revisit that growth and continue the conversation, Wold and Cooper created the Black Bucket Essay Series. These issues will record new dialogues where each artist responds to a quote, video, article, artwork, or idea.