We had the good fortune of connecting with Regan Rosburg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Regan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk in life is necessary and helps my creativity, but I also take risks in the right places, so to speak. For example, I need stability in order to feel free to be creative, so I make sure that my daily tasks, health, spirituality and finances are in balance. If that is all sorted, then I will feel able to take risks in the studio, in research, and in travel. I used to take risks that put me in a position to be vulnerable or unsteady later. I learned that although the thrill might be great in the moment, it wasn’t worth paying for it with stress or instability…ultimately that is a creativity killer. Taking risks in the studio is necessary, though. I have learned to be comfortable with failure in the studio and have found it to be a great teacher. That comes from taking risks and doing something differently, or abstracting an idea, or even trying something that makes me wonder “is this stupid?” I have found that some of the best things are on the verge of being stupid.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Right now I am incorporating more science and evolutionary processes into my work. I am interested in the continuum of time that we are on in relation to the natural world. I have gotten to where I am by working very, very hard and never giving up. I have really worked hard to develop relationships that empower others and invites them into the climate change/ecological destruction conversation. I make sure I inform myself from all aspects when I study a topic; socially, scientifically, historically, and with reverence and care.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denver Botanic Gardens (they have an amazing new exhibition area for art, along with all of the beautiful plants!!!). Rocky Mountain National Park… overnight camping there, or a day hike to Blue Lake! Eat at Rioja and get their artichoke tortelloni… I used to work there and I still dream about it. Hang out at Crema and people watch… Lakeside amusement park… totally worth it, the history and novelty… same with Casa Bonita! Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Havu Gallery, David B Smith Gallery, K Contemporary, Robischon and Bobbie Walker Galleries for the art!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout-out to Louise Martorano at RedLine, she is amazing! She is a rare gem! A dedicated, compassionate, hardworking, forward-thinking woman… a FORCE in Denver!
Other: A film I made, “dear future” https://vimeo.com/474571570