Nissa Kauppila was born and raised in the small, rural town of Monkton, Vermont, and her connection to art has always been informed by a sense of community. Though she earned her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design far from the forests and fields of home, she has remained active in local arts organizations and events. Her passion for collaboration and community involvement led her towards receiving her M.Ed. from UVM; Kauppila currently teaches at South Burlington High School. These series in gouache build on Kauppila’s work in film, as she explores the delicacy of life and chaos in evanescent compositions that find stillness in movement. Following a several-year hiatus after art school, Kauppila is delighted to be painting again: her paintings have been exhibited both locally and nationally. Most recently her paintings have gained attention in the Chinese art world which in turn has opened the doors to her accepting an artist-in-residency program in China during the summer of 2015. Expanding on her sense of curiosity, while exploring the unsettling and concrete, Kauppila has found painting the nature of flight and life a rewarding exercise in rediscovery.
Our former poetry editor Grier Martin recently had this exchange with Sandy Coomer, featured poet for Issue #34. Here’s what she had to say about stylistic choices, the development of voice, and the power of a mentor…Read more