Brooke Budy

1. How and when you first met Harry Roseman — Harry and I worked together when I was a student at Vassar. He invited me to be one of his assistants on Curtain Wall, at the time when his temporary studio was located above the college cafeteria. I would slip behind the salad bar and wander upstairs, find Harry at work carving high-relief curtain shapes out of Styrofoam, his face half hidden by a mask to protect him from breathing in all of the blue dust. We both worked in silence wearing white masks. When the silence would break, conversation about art-making and life would ensue. Harry Roseman is a memorable man to work with.

2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement. Raised in the woods by back-to-the-land parents, I started drawing at a young age, studied art and French in college, and then moved to France at age 22 to teach English and art. Currently a Fellow of the Iowa Translation Workshop at the University of Iowa, I am translating contemporary French absurdist theatre, and articles about film in Cahiers du Cinema. I have never owned a car, and I’m showcasing here a video essay about being a Francophile walker.

— June 2007


Link to Film 2.18.07