30: Chris Pruitt

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Chris Pruitt
Chris Pruitt is quick to admit she had a "very sheltered" childhood in West Texas: "Maybe that is what has helped me keep my sense of wonder about the world."

The local artist has a background in photography and says that when she fell love with Photoshop and graphic design, she pursued web design and internet marketing, which she does when she's not making artwork.

Pruitt describers her current work as ephemeral, performance, or installation based. "Now, I am more interested in active participation than being the photographer / observer," she says. "In fact, conscious participation is the driving force behind my latest work which will incorporate photography as a means to document performance."

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Chris Pruitt
I came to Phoenix with ... all of my worldly possessions in a black pickup truck with no a/c and my mountain bike.

I make art because ... I have to. I've learned that, in a way, it's my spiritual practice.

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Chris Pruitt
I'm most productive when ... I'm learning something new that's confronting me intellectually and I can explore it through an artistic practice. Deadlines help too.

My inspiration wall is full of ... Um, to-do lists. I don't really have an inspiration wall, but I am charged by powerful conversations, new sensations, ideas, and great books.

I've learned the most from ... my kids.

Good work should always ... Well, I don't believe in absolutes. Good work sometimes pisses people off, sometimes provokes a visceral response or can sometimes be a pathway to introspection or elation. I've experienced transcendent feelings around some works and I believe those feelings were the biproduct of a kind of chemistry between myself, my experiences and the piece. To actively create that chemistry for a person interacting with my work would give me a sense of success and gratitude.

See also: Participate in Christina Pruitt's "Swept" This Weekend at Eye Lounge

The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... group critiques. My real selfish personal wish though, would be a kids-of-artists tribe. A regular get-together of artists and their families so all the creative kiddos will have each other as they grow up. Maybe this would help all of us artists avoid therapy costs for our children. Ha.

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Chris Pruitt
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley

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