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Necee Regis: Artist, Writer

Necee Regis: Artist, Writer




Introduction to Necee Regis.  Interview: Raymond Elman.  Editing & Production: Fabio Lopez. Music: Daniel Estrada. Recorded via Zoom, Mazatlan, Mexico, 1/08/2021. 2:04 min.

 

 

NECEE REGIS has always explored creative realms, starting with the visual arts before segueing into journalism and literature. As an artist with an MFA from Mass College of Art, Regis has actively exhibited her sculptural wall pieces and works on paper in museums and galleries in Boston, Provincetown, Miami, New York City and beyond, as well as teaching classes and workshops at art centers and colleges.

A harrowing drive through a snowstorm in the mountains of Turkey jump-started Regis’ desire to use words rather than images in her work, and she stepped back from her career in the art world to pursue a more literary path.  She is currently a frequent contributor to the travel, food, and magazine sections of The Boston Globe and has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, American Way Magazine, The Robb Report, ShowBoats International, and the literary magazine, Tin House, often publishing her own photographs and illustrations to accompany her stories. In fiction, excerpts from an unpublished novel, GLITTERBOX, appeared in Gulf Stream: New Voices From Miami, and Hacks: 10 Years On Grub Street. Her second novel, DERVISH LESSONS, awaits an agent. For additional writing, photos and more, visit www.necee.com

The videos below were recorded via Zoom,  are organized by topic, and run between 30 seconds and 7 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

SERENDIPITY: 2:21 min





Where did you grow up and what’s your first memory of art of any discipline?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES: 1:48 min





Where did you go to school and what did you learn that still informs you today?

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY: 1:44 min





Talk about your decision to get an MFA, and why did you choose Massachusetts College of Art (Mass Art)?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION: 1:36 min.





Was Lowry Burgess the most influential professor you encountered at MassArt?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION: 2:58 min.





Talk about Lowry Burgess’ “Quiet Access.”

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND: 2:00 min.





Describe your project using the materials excavated from the subway tunnel project in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY: 3:46 min.





Describe how materials and process affect your work.

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND: 5:19 min.





When did you move to South Beach, and what was your engagement with the Miami art community?

 

DEVELOP A VOICE: 6:51 min.





When did you start transitioning from making visual art to a writing career?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS: 0:46 min.





Why didn’t you enroll in the FIU Creative Writing program?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND: 6:19 min.





How did you get started writing for magazines?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITY: 5:50 min.





Tell me about your passion for oysters.

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES: 0:50 min.





When did you start judging oyster shucking contests?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION: 1:52 min.





Who inspired you at Seton Hill?

 

CRITICAL THINKING: 1:15 min.





Why did you stop pursuing theatre?