What is your name and where are you from?
Alta: My name is Alta Buden and I am from New York. I was born in New York City.
What is the project you’re working on at SPACE?
Alta: I am a visual artist and I am working on some new cement sculptures using Ryder Farm as source material. I’m playing with the algae from Peach Lake, using it to as sculptural medium but also making cyanotypes with it.
Can you elaborate on cyanotype?
Alta: Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes, it’s a UV-sensitive chemical that you can put on anything natural and absorbent, then you can use the sun and objects to create prints.
Where have you been spending most of your time at SPACE?
Alta: I would say I’ve divided my time equally between “The Coop” and Peach Lake. I spent about nine hours out there yesterday working with the algae and cement.
What’s coming up next for you and your project?
Alta: I have a show up in Brooklyn right now at OUTLET Gallery, and so when I get back I’m gonna just keep on working on getting the word out about that. The project I’m working on now is part of an ongoing series, some of the works of which are in that show...So basically, I’m just gonna keep working.
If you were reincarnated as a farm animal, what farm animal would you be and why?
Alta: Oh my god. If I were to be reincarnated as a farm animal I would probably be one of those horses.
Alta: Like the prettiest white horse. I would probably be the meaner one. Or the farm cat.
We have a farm cat?