Interview with Elinor T. Vanderburg

Elinor is an In-House Artist and the co-curator of the Playground Playgroup



What are you most excited about in bringing your work to the FGP Festival?

I'm most excited about so much--bringing K-A-A-R-O-N to The New Ohio after over 12 months of weaving our In-House team's individual passions into a cohesive world is going to be amazing. Having the freedom to explore the piece between shows and implement new ideas for subsequent performances--to pick the pasta up off the floor, so to speak--is going to be equally amazing. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop a piece experimentally, in such a joyous and supportive environment, and I'm stoked to prove our experiment's effectiveness with the FGP fam.


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Who are some of your art heroes?

My girl Kesha, for her joy, boundless love, and fearless weirdness: I cannot help but be lifted when I listen to her music. Brendon Small, for being a nostalgic and a badass and a gifted voice actor (Home Movies AND Metalocalypse--he's brilliant). Also a lot of people who aren't artists of art per se -- like Olympian Elizabeth Swaney, who qualified for the Hungarian half-pipe ski team with no actual half-pipe ski skills but navigated a spot at the at Pyeongchang games and got to be a literal Olympian, and Florida Man Jeff Reitz, who has been to Disneyland every day since 2012 to watch the fireworks, "just to have something to look forward to."


What is a highlight of your process with FGP this past year?

I've loved seeing how both our and society's growth and development outside the room have affected the course of our project: since we've all had additional pursuits, it's cool seeing people come back to the room changed.


Oh no, your process is showing! What's your artistic process guilty pleasure? Or what's the thing you do that you don't want to tell us?

There's nothing I don't want to tell you. No, seriously: I get real with people real fast. Take me or leave me (please take me)! Also, I'm woefully slow at writing. I'm just. So. Slow. It took me a week longer than everyone else in the group just to get these interview questions in. I could never be a journalist... maybe a historian...


What other events in the FGP Festival are you really excited about?

I'm looking forward to the PlayGround events -- the PlayGroup fellows have been concocting not only incredible stories for the last 12 months, but unique ways of telling them. Also, I heard there's going to be a very real special presidential election on April 14th, which, I don't know about you, but I really need right now. And, honestly, the opening and closing night parties are gonna be the best bashes this side of the Met Gala... never underestimate the power of artists in celebration.


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