Interview by Hope Ezcurra
What inspires you artistically? (Other artists, poetry literature, places, feelings etc.)
I'm inspired by so much, from Madeline L'Engle and N.K. Jemisin's novels to artwork by Cai Guo-Qiang, Maya Deren, Doug Aitken, Terence Nance, Sarah Belle Reid, Shirin Neshat, and Adrian Piper. Alexander McQueen's work in fashion has had a lasting impact on the way I think about using installation in my work. I love exploring the emotions all of this work generates and then getting lost in the process.
Could you please briefly summarize your process for the flatline audience?
My process is one of distillation. I tend to collect a lot of information and allow it to slowly refine over time. One of my favorite things about this is watching ideas, bits of critical theory, and or hard-to-quantify emotions slowly metamorphose into images. At that point, I generally try to pull a team of people to help me pull those ideas from my head into reality.
Please explain how your artwork bring intrinsic value to your own life?
I can't imagine living without creating art. It allows me to speak a language more fluently than any spoken language and express ideas I don't think I'd ever be able to express through the other vocabularies I have. It gives me a way of exploring how I can keep dreaming of (and building) better futures; that's something that feels especially vital these days.
What do you think the role of the artist is in our modern world?
I don't know that I have a good answer for this but I'll try! I think there is no single role. I think artists are called to uplift, to challenge, to provide escapes, to infuriate...and sometimes do all of that at once.
Finally how does your artwork borrow from the bones?
My work and practice attempts to make the best out of the strange situation that is life. It takes the borrowed bones and the borrowed breath its been given and tries to feel everything as fully as possible--embrace everything as fully as possible. So I suppose my work borrows the marrow from the bones and does all it can to wind itself deep into your marrow as well.
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