Your work has flawlessly merged the world of art with fashion in a unique way. Can you tell me more about your artistic journey and how your journey began as an artist?
I have always been drawing and have pretty restless hands. When taking a darkroom photography class at ICP in high school, I began drawing on my extra prints and became addicted. After college, I decided to move away from taking the photos and focus on the illustrative element because it felt more freeing to be on one side and have no background context to an image before putting my pen to it. So I started using found images and collaborating with photographers. After a few years of focusing solely on that, I moved towards trying to create these things in the real work and started making clothing, furniture, and painting sculptures. I think there is still a lot more journey to go.
You were raised in NYC and you have lived and breathed art your entire life. How has being immersed in such an artistic environment impacted your work as an artist?
I think it’s shown me how many options of expression there are, and has let me explore as many as I wanted until I found what was right for me. Being around creative people is an excellent way to get inspiration and feedback and learn how to not be scared of showing your work.
You had a solo show at ApostropheNYC in August. Can you tell me more about your inspiration behind this new collection?
I am fascinated by the way things fit into one another, and so I was attempting to turn the female form into landscapes and remove the figure and focus on the forms bodies can make. I cropped the images down and took chunks out of the patterned elements and tried to create a confusion. I also had some more experimental pieces that were very new for me that played with light and shadows. I created these patterned lenses to add to the photos and sculptress and projected onto them. I’m really excited about this new direction and can’t wait to explore it more. A lot of work from the show will be on view at my studio at MANA Contemporary until October.
You seamlessly integrate patterns within nature and symbols into fashion photography. Can you tell me more about your unique process and what drives you creatively?
It’s hard to define what drives me. It’s sort just a thing I continually do without thinking too much. The second I see an image, I can envision it with detailed patterns on it. I think the fashion element is almost random at times and just happens to be the photo I’m drawing on.
You have a keen eye and see patterns around you and in nature that may go unnoticed to others. Can you please tell me more about your own personal lens and has it developed over time or is this something you have always been aware of?
I think it’s something that has always been in me, but as I’ve gotten older I think I look for it more or it’s just exaggerated. I think that it’s something somewhat childish- making strange comparisons and groupings- and my mind seems to do that all the time. I’m always trying to fit things into other objects or people.
What’s next on your creative journey? Do you have any projects you are looking forward to?
After finishing the body of work for my solo show, it will be nice to take a breather and think about what’s next. But I am excited to create some new work to bring down to Miami for art week with Apostrophe NYC in December!