Sascha Braunig is an artist based in Portland.
What artworks would you have/do you have in your drawing room?
In fact, my real house hang includes works on paper I love by Ivy Haldeman, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Dana Lok, Vanessa Gully-Santiago and Matt Savitsky; and paintings by me. In my fantasy drawing room (which will be of ample proportions) I must have:
a Ruth Asawa hanging wire sculpture
Thomas Bayrle’s silkscreens and Autobahn video
almost any Lynda Benglis wall sculpture, but especially the pleated ones
Jared French’s State Park
Caitlin Keogh’s The Writer
Greer Lankton’s Jackie O.
A Lee Lozano tool painting
Georgia O’Keefe’s Red and Pink
a Sylvia Plimack Mangold floor painting
attributed to Payag: The Goddess Bhairavi Devi with Shiva
a Howardena Pindell paper dot painting
Diane Simpson’s Amish Bonnet, Muff, or Vest
a Paul Thek Technological Reliquary
a Franz West ‘adaptive’ sculpture or several
Jack Whitten’s Apps for Obama
Martin Wong’s My Secret World, or the storefront grate paintings.
Oh, and since this is truly fantasy, Lion devouring a Small Bull and other works from the Hekatompedan temple at the Acropolis Museum, and Las Meninas. Those can be on loan.
What books would you read/are you reading in your drawing room?
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Looking at the Overlooked - Norman Bryson
Bloodchild - Octavia Butler
Caliban and the Witch - Silvia Federici
Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante
Drop-Out Piece - Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
What movies would you watch/are you watching in your drawing room?
My cinephile days are basically over. My guests and I already have our hands full reflecting on all the artworks and the vicissitudes of centuries. With my invite list below, I’m hoping the conversation will turn to the subversive or simply survivalist potential of feminist art within more or less restrictive times. I’d want to guide our conversation around Brontë’s messed-up Cathy, the girl whose milieu forms her into an excessive, hysterical woman, and who eventually becomes the undead ghoul that patriarchy deserves to be haunted by. Guests can provide historical context, oppositional paradigms, or do impressions.
What music would you listen to/are you listening to in your drawing room?
Who would you/do you invite into your drawing room?
Mary Beard, Maria Bamford, Kate Bush, Octavia Butler, the Brontës, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Yoko Ono, and any of my fabulous real-life friends.