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 I love by Aaron Gilbert, Vanessa Gully-Santiago, Ivy Haldeman, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Dana Lok, 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
A wood carving of an old woman’s face by Beth Collar
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’
Jack Whitten’s Apps for Obama
Martin Wong’s My Secret World, or a storefront grate painting.
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
Dropout Piece - Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
What movies would you watch/are you watching in your drawing room?
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. Maybe later we’ll eat popcorn and watch Hausu or Vertigo.
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.