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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

Jeff Whetstone: The Clock

Jeff Whetstone: The Clock

Interview by Andrea Blanch

AB: So what was your clock, what was your knowledge?

JW: You know I grew up in a very rural area, no one lived near me. We lived on this defunked farm way out. I didn't have any neighbors my age, so I was pretty much left to my devices. My entertainment was catching animals, watching animals, and hiding from animals. As a kid, I would enter the woods as an eleven year old with two dogs and a complete thought of fascination and fear. I was scared the whole time, I was constantly hiding and searching and catching things. If I heard the slightest noise, I would hide. You know, as a kid, fear is sort of fun, theres' something exhilarating about fear. During those periods, I understood how animals, even something like salamanders, would return to the same little spot over and over. I got to know certain birds that would nest in the same trees, and the snakes that I would never catch were always in this rock pile at a certain time of day. I figured that there was this whole system of natural habits that seemed to be hidden to us humans. The secret of the hundred acres around our house. That's what made me really go into the study of biology. I studied zoology, and realized that it was even broader than that, and I found that really fascinating. 

 

Jeff Whetstone Joseph, redux, 2010 gelatin silver print 23 x 29”, edition of 6 © Jeff Whetstone, Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York 

Jeff Whetstone Joseph, redux, 2010 gelatin silver print 23 x 29”, edition of 6 © Jeff Whetstone, Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York 

The full interview appears in Issue No.16 Chaos published October 2016.

The Issue is available on http://museemagazine.com/magazine/musee-magazine-issue-no-16

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