Thinking about your interest in repetition, pattern, and capturing moments in time, are there any art works or exhibitions which come to mind?
Anna Barriball is an artist whose work I have also liked for many years now, some of Anna’s work explores how objects that are connected with home life can be transformed into sculptural drawings. A window that can be used to look in and look out of, a door that people can walk through, and a mirror used for reflection, the time when the sun rises and the sun sets.
An exhibition which Anna created at Frith Street Gallery in 2009, was installed in a way in which you may imagine entering someones home with a cut up curtain pattern on the floor in leaf like shapes repeated on the floor, alongside sculptural drawings of windows, mirrors and walls, and a drawing of sunset and sunrise side by side.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave as an artist?
This is another great question, I am not sure if I have a answer yet of the legacy I would like to leave as an artist with my art work – perhaps this will become more clear as the years go on.
I do [however] have a lot of thoughts about my personal legacy as an artist and person on the planet, which I am more than happy to share.
I think one of the most important values for me is to value and respect yourself and value and respect your community too – even if it at times you may have conflicting view points to your friends and family. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for my parents, brother and sister, and my extended family.
And also my SVA family and a few best artist friends in London — you all know who you are. Words will never be able to describe the importance of you all, you all motivate me and keep me rooted in New York. I feel incredibly grateful that I have met such an inspiring, caring group of people who take care of me in so many ways.
I also feel incredibly grateful for the social circle and support structure I have that is separate from my SVA friends in New York too, this also very much grounds me in the city too.
I would also be in denial if I wasn’t being honest that I have lost quite a few friendships and relationships over the years with me feeling as if people aren’t valuing or respecting me in the way I hope for. I think it’s also incredibly important to check in with yourself about what your priorities are on a regular basis.
As a young person or young adult I think we have to think beyond what our needs are for the next month, or a year, what about thinking about where you might want to be in 10 years time?
In the past year and a half – I have been making changes to my lifestyle which I see being an ongoing part of my life to think about how best I can sustainably live in New York long term by making the art I want to make and living the life I want to live.
My final advice – I would also say, don’t wait for someone to ask you where you want to be in 10 years time — I have come to the realization that there are always going to be people out there trying to stop you in your tracks… you have got to go that extra mile and never, ever, give up on your dreams. Even if there are times when that Dream may seem out of reach.
I am realizing more recently that anything is really possible you just have to not be frightened to sometimes push yourself out of your comfort zone and take one or two risks along the way. With the world being on slight pause at the moment with us all isolating in our respective spots in the world right now… I am very much looking forward to life post isolation and one of my goals post isolation is to see everyone again, going to see shows in Chelsea as I am missing doing this right now, as that is very much part of my Saturday routine in New York these days, and at some point looking into getting a cat.