First off, how are you and yours?
So far, holding in there. My partner works on her large scale Paper Cuts or gardens, and I read and cook more than anything. But we're safe, our dogs are healthy, and so far, my family and her family are all healthy.
What are your thoughts on finding poetry or art during a pandemic?
I think I would personally be lost without it. So I am incredibly biased, but I think it's so important to discover something beautiful and new to connect with. Poetry penetrates so profoundly when a person connects to it, I feel more so than other forms of art because poetry is very personal. I try to read through books of poetry I already have or dig around online and read literary journals. I secretly love abstract paintings I'm learning as well, and I'm going through another Rothko phase.
We once spoke about exploring taboos through art. Why is the idea of exploring taboos so appealing to you?
There's this reaction, completely uncontrollable, I've always had, and I think many of us do, to the images/ideas a group of people decide are "too much." I'm interested in knowing what everyone's line is; what can and cannot be crossed differs from person to person no matter what their communities dictate. It's like a shot of adrenaline thinking I can discover what someone's line is and consensually push that.
How do you interact with isolation as an artist? Does it only value when it's self-imposed?
There's value in isolation, regardless of the reasons why. I think spending time with oneself, your own thoughts, there's so much to explore yourself, everything about you. It's a great time to try and work out characteristics and habits that hold you back, or you seem to repeat unwittingly. I think it helps you take stock also of the reality of being human. How much we really depend on one another. Even just the idea of seeing someone versus actually seeing them. How attached we are to the false sense of freedom freewill usually gives us. I take this time to confront my own feelings, do Polaroid studies of myself, my partner, our home, deal with my vices, spend time with my pets.
I always loved shooting film, and when I learned more about polaroid, its total inconsistency, I was, of course, attracted to that. I think I enjoy being frustrated. Otherwise, I couldn't possibly bother. It's also nice for the people I work with to either have a little keepsake or to watch and see how our shoot is unfolding. It's different when you see a polaroid of yourself vs. film or even digital. It's immediate and therefore satisfying, but there's something kind fo strange and dreamy about it; people see themselves differently after. I feel it, now that I take self-portraits. I get it.