|How old were you when you started having an actual
interest in art and how did you express
Growing up, I was given tons of art supplies by
my family. I had everything from a glue stick to a nail gun. It was
Did you experiment a lot before reaching the point
in your work at which you are now?
with different mediums as I got older but my core love of patterns has
always shown through. I have done sculptures, painting, photography,
printmaking, and more- but the patterns I draw are something that I do
all the time. Something that just comes out of me. And I think its
important to embrace
that.While creating an artwork, what usually goes
through your mind? Does working ever function as a kind of
Always. I've always felt like its a form of
meditation. I get very close to the photograph Iím drawing on and create
these circles or lines that are very small.
Its a repetitive
motion for my hand and my mind is just following the shades of color and
form of the image and it becomes intuitive as to what should happen
I try not to think about my own self too much while
working and just listen to music and think about the image in front of
Is it different for you when you work on one of
your own photos
as opposed to when you work on somebody elseís
Yes. If I'm working on one of my own photos,
I get very in my head and self conscious. I worry about what the person
Iím drawing on will think and how to make them look best- usually
because I love them in some way. When I draw on a photographerís photo I
have no context to the image besides what I'm seeing.
imagination can run wild and my hand can just make things happen.
What do you like most and what do you
dislike most about contemporary art?
I like to see
things I've never thought of before. I feel like contemporary art has no
limits with all the new mediums we have. It keeps getting more complex
and more simplified at the same time. For myself, I don't like when I
feel I have to justify my art with a deep meaning just because itís new.
Have you ever experimented with your personal
I've cut off most of my hair, then when it grew
back I died it blond. This past year is the first time in a while I've
had my natural hair - crazy curly and dark brown. I think its more of an
adjustment to just keep myself natural and accept the
frizz.Is there a garment or an outfit that, at some
point or event in your life, has played a distinctive role?
I wore my mothers combat boots that she wore while
pregnant with me. I wore the hell out of them until they had giant holes
in both sides and were falling apart.
My family would beg me
to let them buy me shoes but I didnít want them to. I can't really
remember why I was so attached, but somehow I felt that they defined me.
Maybe it was because people wanted me to take them