On April 19, James McElhinney completed in-depth oral history interviews with Gendron Jensen and Christine Christine Taylor Patten, who delivered wonderful narratives about art, transformation and the power of drawing. The audio files are being transcribed for reading. At some point in the future these conversations may be published, or be accessible through those institutions where Christine and Gendron’s papers will ultimately reside.
An oral history is the keystone document to any archive. Many researchers will begin by consulting the oral history because it provides a sweeping overview of an artist’s life. Producing artwork and gaining recognition are only the beginning. The real challenge that awaits every artist is assuring that their work will have a durable legacy. Forming an archive is essential because if the future cannot find you, you were never here.