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What year do you graduate?
What artists inspire you? (Visual or otherwise)
One of my top inspirations is Louise Bourgeois, even though her work is stylistically and material-wise very different from mine. Otherwise, right now I'm looking at people whose main practice is drawing, because that's where my heart lies: Joao Ruas, Kent Bellows, Eric Wert, et cetera.
Can you talk a little about your work? What is it about?
The body I'm working on now is a series of saturated still lifes in oil that feature complicated power dynamics between toy objects and functional objects. The series is a critique of capitalism and it's war on poor and working class people.
What do you hope someone can take away from your work?
If I can get my audience to see the narrative and the power dynamic between the objects in each painting then I am satisfied. I can supplement the work with the refined conceptual basis later, as long as one can get the sense that something is not right here, and that the balance of power between objects is off.
How long does it take you to finish one of your paintings?
About a month, typically, when I'm also working a part time job and being a full time student. Most are 2 by 3 feet minimum in this body of work.
It seems like creating a narrative is important to you, would you agree?
Yes!! Because I've have mostly been doing still lifes, I rely on the implied narrative to create interest and give purpose to each object, or "player", in the scene.
What would be your ideal situation after leaving school?
Ideally, I'd like to work at the Planet, the cafe from the tv show The L Word. While in the city I'd like to build a name for myself and then, after some years, move approximately an hour away from the city to raise a cow and my two rabbits, who I will do portraits of, and share on Instagram in order to gain social media fame. I will occasionally redirect the viewers of that Instagram account to view my real work, in order to gain some level of notoriety. Maybe I'll do tattoos and the illustrations on botanical garden plaques.
Serious answer: I just want to paint and draw freelance. I wouldn't mind collaborating with other creatives to do an independently published comic.
If you were a Pokémon, which one would you be?
I think Sandshrew. That feels right.