Who are you?
K: Kristopher Michael Wright
C: Corianne Wells, the partner in crime to Kristopher Wright and overall life enthusiast.
What do you do?
K: I’m an Artist, Arts Educator & Curator.
C: I am an Artist and Creative Director or better put, a total art nerd.
What’s a typical day in the life of you look like? How do you organize your day?
K: I wake up at 6 a.m. and make coffee — black; no cream or sugar. I make breakfast, then I get my emails and other administrative tasks out of the way before the day begins. Depending on the day, I’m either meeting with artists, or local organizations to discuss new projects and collaborations for Odessa, or I’m meeting with a client about design work or an art commission! In the evenings, I try to focus on things that inspire and feed my creativity… Sometimes that means reading a book on a topic I’m researching for an upcoming show and sometimes that means working on my own art in the studio.
C: I truly believe I have the best job in the world — and that’s what gets me up at 6:00 a.m., coffee in hand and ready to take on the day! Being able to immerse myself in art, both personally and professionally, has been a huge blessing. I spend most days splitting my time equally between Odessa, my personal studio practices, and my 9-to-5. During the week, I am the studio manager at From the Hip Photo‘s newest location, inside Stanley Marketplace. On the weekends, you can almost always find me in my home studio with a bottle of wine — or at someone else’s studio… with a bottle of wine.
What are some of your struggles?
K: With the many projects I’m working on, sometimes I find it hard to get away and do things that have nothing to do with art! It’s important to remember that time away from the work can be healing and re-energizing!
C: There’s always so many when you choose a creative life, but I prefer to call them challenges! Right now, I am focused on the challenge of communicating artists’ value to a larger audience.
What are some of your goals?
K: My goal is to be in the studio more often this year.
C: I have so many! I’d love to see Odessa grow in and beyond Denver, but for now am focused on a great year at our current location Collective SML | k.
What do you do to relax and wind down?
K: I like listening to old Alton Ellis records.
C: Visit the mountains, journal, get messy in the studio, stretch… and wine again.
If you could give your 18-year old self advice, what would you say?
K: There are no shortcuts.
C: Have a damn opinion, make work that matters and go kick some butt.
Learn more about Kristopher, Corianne and Odessa: www.odessadenver.com