Mariza Morin joined the Hamon Arts Library at the beginning of Fall 2015. Since then, she has spearheaded large projects that have improved the orderliness of library collections. Mariza’s work is like pruning plants to keep them healthy and productive, and we’re very happy to have her. Let’s get to know her a bit better, shall we?
How did you get involved in art libraries?
I became interested in art libraries after receiving my BA in Art History at UT-Arlington, but I really got involved my first semester of graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. I worked at the Kohler Art Library on campus for two years and I also landed an internship at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art as well as at the Dallas Museum of Art upon my return to Texas. And now I’m here at Hamon! Art libraries are my happy place and I couldn’t imagine working in another type of library.
What library projects are you excited about? What work do you most enjoy?
I am excited about working with the Blog of the Hamon Arts Library! And I’m not just saying that because this is an interview for the blog. I have always loved writing and the fact that I get to write about visual art and I also get to learn more about other art forms, like music and film, makes this a very enjoyable experience for me. I am excited to see where we will go next with the blog. And as Stacks Manager, I really enjoy managing and implementing projects revolving around Hamon’s extensive collection of print and AV materials. For an art geek, it’s a pretty cool gig!
What art do you most identify with? And what is your favorite art work?
I mostly identify with modern and contemporary art, though I do appreciate many different areas in the history of art. I like anything that’s a little strange, dark, but with some humor. Louise Bourgeois and Paul McCarthy immediately come to mind. They have a lot of bizarre work that I love. As an undergrad, I became fascinated by post-ww2 German work, specifically art by Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer as well as the Vienna Secession at the end of the 19th century in Austria with artists like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. I admire those who take chances and break away from the restraints of tradition. I guess you could say I like a little rebellion in my art. Photography is another big interest of mine, I especially admire the raw and intimate work of Nan Goldin. In the last few years, I have become more interested in learning about my family heritage and culture which has led me to further study the history of Spanish and Mexican art. We have a ton of dark, strange and sometimes humorous work! Come on, Goya? Frida? Apparently, I identify with a lot.
My favorite art work changes frequently based on my interests at the time, but right now I would say La Casa Azul or Frida Kahlo’s house in Mexico City, is my favorite work. I consider this historic house to be a work of art… the blue exterior walls, beautiful courtyard and garden with pre-Columbian pieces all around, her surreal paintings and other Mexican folk art featured throughout. Everything about this structure is so uniquely Frida. I was lucky enough to visit La Casa Azul a few months ago and I encourage all art lovers to visit it at least once.
Outside of work, what are you passionate about?
I love traveling. I try to make it a point to travel to a few different locations each year. Last year I visited Denver, Las Vegas, and Mexico City. This year is yet to be determined. Another passion of mine is photography, which works out beautifully when I travel.
What should people know about Hamon?
In addition to our wide collection of materials on the visual and performing arts, people should know about the wonderful temporary exhibits we have going on in the Mildred Hawn Exhibition Gallery as well as in the lobby of the Hamon Arts Library. These exhibitions will change each semester so there will always be something new and interesting to feast your eyes upon here at the Hamon. People should also be aware of the receptions that accompany each new exhibit. The artists themselves come and discuss their work which always proves to be very informative and fascinating!
Recommend a book, website, article, song, TV show, restaurant, etc.
I would recommend any song by Damon Albarn, whether it’s his solo stuff or his work with Blur, Gorillaz or The Good, The Bad, and The Queen. I’ve been listening to him since I was about 10 years old (I was more interested in MTV than Cartoon Network back then) and the man just gets better with age. His music is usually very melancholic and introspective with lots of soul. It might just be an emotional attachment at this point, but I still think he’s an amazing songwriter and musician. Check out his newest album, Everyday Robots. It does not disappoint.
Thanks to Mariza Morin, Stacks Manager, for participating in this interview!
Featured image by Mariza Morin.