CALL Legacy Specialists Lehna Huie
Legacy Specialist with CALL Artist Marcos Dimas
Can you share what you and your CALL Artist were able to accomplish through the CALL program?
Our team has been able to accomplish incredible tasks in creative ways. We were able to envision our goals and realize them utilizing the Road Map as a main strategy for our work together. Team Dimas was comprised of 3 Legacy Specialists and the CALL Assistant and each of us brought different skills and strengths to the table. It was wonderful to be able to put our heads together and collectively organize the artist’s paintings, prints, drawings and political posters. We were able to organize the digital inventory system and create a website that fits the system we created. Additionally, we were able to organize the studio in a functional way that the artist is proud to present his work in while also familiarizing him with user-friendly tools in the world of technology. This meant that we all walked together every step of the way, building a working relationship where we were able to reflect and explore together. We built trust as team and this led us to have the greatest outcomes during the CALL experience.
Can you give us a sense of how the CALL experience may have influenced you and your work as an artist?
The CALL experience has greatly influenced me, and my work. It has allowed me to broaden my perspective on multiple platforms. I now understand that each experience is a contribution to my development as an artist; every stage of my life is equally unique and important. When it comes to being a working artist, the personal and the professional are often blended. The CALL Program strengthened my confidence in finding balance in juggling the tasks of maintaining a sustainable art career in today's world. It taught me the importance of preserving and shaping my legacy and that I indeed have agency in my legacy. It gave me the tools to explore my interests and have a better understanding of the breadth of what makes my art what it is for me and for the world. Of course, I cannot underestimate the significance of note taking and documentation and this program allowed me to practice a more functional way of doing this. The program helped me to practice telling my story, organize my work, and helped me with time management, prioritizing tasks and protecting the work. It also allowed me to realize that time is one of the greatest gifts of all. Being in this program has reminded me of the importance of staying true to myself while being patient, open minded, humble, practicing deep listening and sharing in all that I do.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of this work?
It has been so rewarding to learn more about Marcos and the history of his work. I enjoy hearing stories of Marcos's experience as a lifelong artist. Marcos is a major influence in the community and the arts in NYC and it is important for me to learn about living artists who create in the city I come from. Many of the themes in his work are significant to me in my work as a Caribbean artist. I am inspired by Marcos's stories, his artwork and the ways he shares his work with the world. I am grateful for having done this work together collectively at Taller Boricua, a historical space in Spanish Harlem. Just being in the space and often hearing music being played, the sounds of the drums, singing, laughter just lifted my spirits as this is witnessing tradition and that is sacred. The space feels like home. I am grateful to have worked with the team and know that we will all value this time we shared together.
What has been most difficult?
It is challenging to only have a year to do this work. There is always more to do and I wish we had more time together. It is so wonderful to be able to see all that can be accomplished in such a short amount of time.
What do you recommend to a anyone assisting an artist in the career documentation process?
I would recommend being open, honest and patient. A lot of things are learn-as-you-go, so don't hesitate to get going. Take the time to reflect on your successes and challenges and tracking your progress.
Blue Black Odyssey, acrylic, collage, wood strips, string on paper, 2012, 7 panels each approx. 36x 24 inches
Dance into the Womb, acrylic and mixed media on board, 2015
Before You Go, acrylic, oil stick on canvas, 2013, 46.5 x 40.5
Self, watercolor, collage, pastel on paper, 2014
Sunwoman, 2015, acrylic and gouache on paper
All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.