1. Your work in 3 words:
2. Name 3 artists on your mind right now.
3. Where’s your studio?
Somewhere between Marcy Projects and the Satmar Chassids in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.
4. Who or what keeps you going?
The mundane and relentless cycle of life and time, and the necessary interruptions that Art allows the soul.
5. How did this body of work evolve?
I usually get excited/interested about a moment in History that feels prescient or oddly contemporary. The Civil War and subsequent nostalgia about a forgotten or lost Americana that followed, keeps coming back as a really relevant cultural phenomenon.
6. What’s your favorite work in this series?
The nightscapes. They were very strange to make – I don’t usually make figurative work. They were challenging to make for me, but I am excited about their aura.
7. First piece of art that moved you?
Mondrian at age 7. I told my dad I thought it looked boring and easy, so he had me re-make the works. I realized how complicated the compositions were in both color and construction, and it forever impacted the way I perceive of simplicity in Art.
8. Tell us something we don’t know.
I trained as an opera singer til I was 18, and surely thought that would be my life path.
9. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve bought on the internet?
Where to begin; last year I got pretty obsessed with old-fashioned hair dryers. I bought 6 on eBay. I like to collect nativity scenes, so I spend a lot of time looking for those online. Right now I am working on something that involves handkerchiefs, so I have been sourcing used/vintage ones online (not as gross as that sounds). Oh, lots of clothes pins – new and old.
10. What was the last gallery show you saw?
Guston @ Hauser & Wirth. He is a demi-god.
11. Who is under-rated?
12. What is under-rated?
Craftsmanship, self-published books.
13. What shocks you?
The pervasive lack of empathy that manifests itself as racism, homophobia, gender-oppression and generally shitty/destructive values.
14. Favorite artist of all time?
15. I want to buy you a drink, what do you want?
Vodka Soda, Tequila on Ice, Old Fashioned.
16. Who do you want to collaborate with?
Louise Bourgeois, but she’s dead (and my hero).
Ilya Kabakov (Abandoned Soviet Schoolhouse at Chinati Foundation in Marfa changed my life)
17. Best art party?
BHFQU throws a really fun annual party.
18. What’s next in the art world?
Women of color.
19. What’s the one piece of advice you never took?
To keep quiet. Thank god I never listened.
20. Music to work to?
The Carter III