CALL Legacy Specialists Maia Palileo

Maia Palileo

Legacy Specialist with Otto Neals and John Koos

Can you share what has changed for you as a result of being a part of the CALL program?
In terms of my own studio practice, I have restructured my storage system and am working on creating a system of organization similar to that which we have done in their studios.

Can you give us a sense of what needed to be accomplished when you started working with the CALL program?
The first thing was to set up an action plan and create a language with the artist around organizing. In my experience, the first thing we did was physically reorganize artwork in potentially damaging storage situations and move them to safer spots.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of this work?
I worked with John Koos and Otto Neals. Both artists are kind spirits whom I respect and care for very much. They have had very long, prolific careers and still make art daily. That is very inspiring to me. 

What has been most difficult?
We had to be really specific about our projects and do them one project at a time. The most difficult challenge was that we had a limited amount of time, so we could only do so many projects.

What do you recommend to artists who might be in the early stages of creating an inventorying system?
Make your inventorying system really simple. So simple that another person can come in and learn it easily. Avoid procrastination and overwhelm. Do a little at a time, but do it! Hire an assistant if you need help, your work is worth it.

  • Dog Pillow, 2013, oil on canvas over panel, 33 x 48"

  • Still Life with Banana Catsup, 2014, oil on canvas over panel, 30 x 24"

  • The Old Table, 2014, oil on canvas, 32 x 24"

  • The Visitors, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 x 36"

  • Uncles Drinking Beer II, 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 36", diptych

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