“Regardless of the medium, I start with an inspiration board. I have a magnetic wall in my office that I use to hang images. I pull a lot of film stills, images from the library’s picture collection and scans from my books.”
The shop is very collaborative. All the printers weigh in on new designs, and for the most part we all know what the others are working on. Kara and I design together and are joined at the hip. We tried sitting in different offices in our new space (because we suddenly had so much more room) but we lasted less than a week.
“I work at a mid-century Steelcase tanker desk that I’ve had since I graduated in 1998. It’s probably 60 years old but, in the years it’s been in my possession, it’s developed a lot of unique character.”
“I try to decompose the borders between authenticity and thought, South American folklore, mythology, religion, history, and geography. More than anything else my work explores the opposition between imagination and reality in the context of western cultures.”
“I generally like working in quiet with plenty of coffee and natural light. My studio is in Brooklyn, with huge windows facing north and the expanse of sky and light provide me with the means to think and visualize – and to escape the computer, too.”
I feel like my making art in this cast-away time-capsule is a re-incarnation of the anti-authoritarian premise the house was built upon and humanitarian passion (because the Italian hall also fed the poor and helped the neighborhood) that its inhabitants exhibited.