How do you divide your time between preparing for your work and physically creating it?
This isn’t set in stone for me; I can make things happen various ways. Sometimes I think and plan something out for awhile, while other times I have it logged in memory and immediately start making something in a three dimensional form.
What’s your taste in music? Do you incorporate it into your process?
I do really enjoy international radio (Radio Garden, check it out), 80s, music from my childhood, disco. I think there is a certain energy in genres I enjoy that are captured within the work.
What’s your relationship with mediums?
The ceramics came to me as an elective, and fell in love with how freeing it was. I enjoy pushing the boundary of the material as well, seeing what could potentially happen with it. The foam and, more recently, fiberglass were founded on tons of experimentation, trial, and error. The relationship is more about understanding how I can work with something in its infancy, and seeing how far I can skew it toward a direction that fits me into the medium.
What do you do to escape from your work?
Everything you can’t do now. Go on road trips, go be out amongst people. I enjoy being outdoors, but also enjoy my alone time at home. Sometimes I just shut off and will go walk around Manhattan. It doesn’t seem incredibly exciting, but I always document something special about that time with myself.
You tend to play strategically with color. Is that something that you realized about yourself, or intentionally made part of your process?
It’s a learned process. There was definitely a period of time when I didn’t know or understand a good deal about color, but I use it in a way where I can see how dramatic it could make something. I want the pieces to be theater, and color is center stage.