“Interview with Courtney Blazon”
Since around July of 2020, I have been interviewing Tell Us Something storyteller alumni about their experience sharing a story on the Tell Us Something stage, why they chose to share a story and what they’ve been up to since having shared their story. I have a lot more of those interviews to share with you. This week, though, I am going to introduce you to one of the Tell Us Something poster artists.
Because storytelling is an art, I’ve always hired local artists to design a poster for each event. The posters of Tell Us Something are amazing in their own right, and I thought that it would be fun to sit down with some of the artists to chat about their process and see what makes them tick. What inspires them, how they work, and how they came to design the poster that they designed for Tell Us Something.
So, this week on the podcast, join me as we go behind the scenes with local artist Courtney Blazon. Courtney designed the poster for the June 2019 show. The theme that night was “What Are the Chances?”
Courtney Blazon is an artist and illustrator living and working in Missoula, MT. She graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she earned her BFA in Illustration. She’s shown her work in Missoula at the Brink Gallery, Dana Gallery Allez! Gallery and the Missoula Art Museum. Outside of Montana, she has shown work in Seattle, Portland, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and most recently at the Center for the Arts Theater Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming.
Courtney’s work has been featured in New American Paintings (Western Edition), Studio Visit Magazine, and juxtapoz.com. She is a past recipient of a Montana Arts Council Artists Innovation Award. She is represented by Radius Gallery in Missoula, MT.
Courtney Blazon’s pen and marker drawings reference fields of science, history, cultural studies, myths, and fairy tales. Her images take us someplace between the known world and dreamscape, a surreal marriage of naturalism and fantasy. The results can be simultaneously whimsical and grotesque, witty as well as disturbing. The tension of these unions suggests our own struggle to achieve balance in a chaotic world.
I caught up with Courtney Blazon last summer. We chatted about the historical context much of her work references, life as a professional artist, and some of the large-scale works that she has done recently before finally talking about the poster that she made for the Tell Us Something show in June 2019.
I’ve also been thinking about these interviews as a record of a specific time in our collective pandemic history. They share glimpses into the moments of life during quarantine, how we’re coping, and how we are somehow continuing to go about our daily lives.
You can also see Courtney’s work in person at the Radius Gallery, and you can shop online there.
Until March 2021, you can check out the historical mural Courtney mentioned in the interview in the alley next to Radius called Allez! Gallery.
To see the detailed process Courtney undertook, head over to her website. While you’re there you can check out her huge body of work, as well as learn more about commission and illustration inquiries.
You can also purchase Courtney’s work at her Etsy shop.
You can also follow her on Instagram: @courtneyblazon .
Transcript : Interview with Courtney Blazon
welcome to the tell something podcast