How would you present your work?
I’ve always felt my work is best viewed on your computer screen, at home. Comfort plays a big role in the way I present my work. I like to steer away from the, clean, white lines of the gallery if I can. I’d rather invite viewers to inhabit unusual and cozy spaces to best see my work - if they have to leave their homes.
Where do you make your works?
Most of my work is made in my room, on my computer.
Internet, what is for you and for your work?
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the Internet. Who knows if I’d even be an artist without the Internet. It infiltrates every aspect of my life. The IRL and URL are fluid for me. Everything I make exists online because I believe it’s the best way to allow full access to ideas, and to my work.
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
I always wonder why artists, myself included, aim to have their pieces exhibited in museums. It seems like it’s a marker of success, which drives us to chase that desire… but that’s it. Okay, so my work is in MoMa? Now what? Does that mean I’m a legitimate artist? Do I need a museum to elevate my work - when I can reach so many people online? What’s my goal? I struggle with these thoughts constantly.
The market or your need to express?
As a “career” artist - you sort of have to take into account the need to make money. It doesn’t dictate the work that I make but I am mindful as to how I can package certain pieces to sell - for example, making physical work or “souvenirs” as I like to call them.
Day or night?
That period between 4am and 8am where no one is really awake on the Internet, and you finally feel completely alone.
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question...
I’m doing alright today. I woke up and I felt incredibly overwhelmed so I decided to keep sleeping. Sometimes that helps, but it usually ends up making me feel worse. I smoked a cigarette and tried not to panic. Every time I feel bad I tell myself that feeling bad is necessary to feeling good. The worst is when you can’t totally pin point why you feel bad and you start to wonder if you’ll be stuck that way forever.
Could you describe me the work you showed in Milano at BRONDE?
I showed a NewHive piece titled, “It’s like going to home depot when you just want someone to hold your hand” and a video titled, “I need you to try and be more in love with me.” Accompanying the video I have email, Facebook and Gchat conversations between me and an ex-boyfriend (we broke up nearly 3 years ago) printed out and on the floor. I often think about how we idealize past relationships, and how our memories are archived for us online, but under this foggy, curated lens. A lot gets lost in translation. I often fantasize about love, and being loved, and my visual work tends to reflect that - I wanted the text to combat that a little bit, like, hey, is this really what you’re after? A bunch of jumbled garbage from a relationship that went sour ages ago?
What are you reading?
“Tender Data” by Monica McLure and “The Sex Myth” by Rachel Hills
10 Things I Hate About You
Where would you like to live?
A strip mall.
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
I want to make work in and for a public space - like a park.
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
I’d like to be an entomologist - study insects. I’ve always been fascinated by them - there are so many we don’t know about and they are sort of the most overlooked living creatures on this earth. When I was a kid I would watch the monarch butterfly caterpillars on the milkweed plant in my backyard. I used to carry around a little guidebook that told me about all of the poisonous bugs and spiders in North America and I would try to identify them when I went outside.
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
Girls between the ages of 12 and 16 making videos on their webcams.
A dream of yours?
I dreamt that I went to a party. I walked up the stairs to find someone I know swimming in an indoor pool. Everyone else I was with took their clothing off and jumped in. I got in and wrapped my arms and legs around the person I knew and didn’t let go.
I Need You To Try And Be More In Love With Me
I Will Never Be Soft Enough For You
Witch and Famous