Edie Overturf: 100 Creatives

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Number 42: Edie Overturf

City: Minneapolis

Years spent living in MN: 18 months

Print artist, painter, and sculptor Edie Overturf may be new to the Twin Cities art scene, but her impact has already been felt. With the folks at Kick.Stand.Press, she recently helped co-found Leg Up Studio, a cooperative space in northeast Minneapolis that invites new and experienced folks to practice their print art, take classes, and even rent the space -- no small feat when you take into account how difficult it can be to find access to equipment.

In addition to this unique and innovative project, Overturf has exhibited her own artwork around town at a handful of galleries. Her pieces have a highly-detailed, reflective, and exploratory aspect to them, and often feature images of herself wandering through fields, climbing trees, and picnicking with rabbits. 

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Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:

1. The work of Sophie Calle

2. Contemporary Chinese woodblock printer Wang Chao

3. Fantastical literature with obscure characters. I recently read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:

1. My uncle Roy was studying art education when I was a child, and he saw my interest in drawing. He encouraged me and gave me lessons.

2. When I was an adolescent, I used to borrow my father's Playboys and draw the ladies for practice. (Sorry Dad.)

3. When I reached college, I found my calling in printmaking with the first intro to printmaking.  I absolutely fell in the love with that world, and dove in head first.

What was your last big project? 

An ongoing, but current project is Leg Up Studio. I have partnered up with Lauren Schuppe and Gilpin Matthews (both of Kick.Stand.Press) in order to create Leg Up, which is a cooperative print shop in the Casket Arts building in northeast Minneapolis. We are really jazzed about this project, because we hope to create an affordable, comfortable atmosphere for our fellow printmakers, and to create a venue for the public to learn about printmaking.

What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?

I currently have two shows hanging. The first is with Lauren Schuppe at Gallery 122 at Hang It, which is up until March 13. The second is a solo gig at the Open Book, which houses the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Milkweed Editions, and the Loft Literary Center.  This show hangs until April.

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What has has been your creative/career high point (so far)? 

Since moving to Minneapolis, I have felt the city and the scene open up to me. It's a very receptive and inclusive art scene, which was a welcoming surprise. I feel that at this point I am reaching goals that I had set for myself years ago. It feels like things are coming together, with Leg Up Studio, shows happening both here and remotely, and I am instructing an adjunct printmaking course at the University of Minnesota this semester. I feel that moving to Minneapolis was the right move for me and my career.

What has been your biggest challenge as a creative type?


I believe that most artists struggle financially at times; it's a feast or famine situation for me. In terms of creativity, the biggest struggle is momentum. Keeping the flow going, even when other logistical things get in the way, just keeping the nose to the grindstone.

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How has the Minnesota scene changed since you began working here? 

In the 18 months that I have lived here, it has opened up to me, and become my home for sure.

What do you feel has been the greatest lesson that you have learned as an artist?

I have learned (and am still learning) how to be patient with myself and my creative process. The flow of my creativity is on an ebb and flow, which can be unpredictable. I am learning that it is a relationship, just like any other relationship. You have to practice sensitivity, and flexibility.

For reasons unexplained you are forced to live inside one of your prints forever. Which print do you choose, and why?

It would probably have to be Egg to Apple. In this print I am both a precocious child, and an observant adult. I would like to hold on to both of those qualities.

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Egg and Apple

Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.

Past creatives, so far:

100. Jennifer Davis
99. Sean Smuda
98. Chuck U
97. DWITT
96. Amy Rice
95. Kara Hendershot
70. Tim Sievert
67. Dessa
66. Heidi Arneson
65. Erin Currie
64. Jayme Halbritter
63. Amy Buchanan
62. Kimberly Jurek
61. Kenna-Camara Cottman
60. Joan Vorderbruggen
59. Amber Preston
58. Jenny Carle
57. Mad King Thomas
56. George Moskal
55. Gregory Euclide
54. Stacy Schwartz
53. Joshua English Scrimshaw
52. Courtney McLean
50. Andy Sturdevant
49. Erika Backberg
47. Emily J. Snyder of Queen Quills Calligraphy
46. ROLU
45. Frank Gaard
44. Kick.Stand.Press

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