Monday, January 26, 2009
What inspired you to make this product?
It’s a celebration!
This piece is part of a group of work. It’s a screenprint based on a monotype. The monotype is made up of lots of single bikes that I cut out of rubber and print individually until I’m visually satisfied.
All the bikes are from my paintings, they’re my friends bikes, mostly.
I like to see them heaped together, the shapes they make. The way they make me think of a lot of different people arriving at the same place.
What inspires you on a daily basis?
I like to make art that relates to what’s going on around me.
Of course there’s lots of bikes, because I use them for transportation and also ride with my friends and for exercise. I’m very inspired by bicycles both actually and symbolically. I love how a bicycle makes it possible to harness my own energy to move forward. They’re also really beautiful.
Other than that I’m inspired by what I see, on a basic level, shapes, the way light hits things, and I’m inspired by what my friends are doing, both artistically and generally.
What are your favorite materials to use?
I use a lot of different materials. It’s fun to explore media. I keep coming back to oil paint, it’s so luscious. I like acrylic on paper, a lot, I like drawing materials, watercolor pencils and crayons especially, I like printmaking on a press and screen printing.
I try to find the medium that best suits what I’m doing. They all have unique qualities, like different foods.
Where do you live and how does that influence your art?
I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a big loft I share with other people. It’s a raw space, that’s great for working. It influences my work because my studio space is so great for making stuff. It’s also a nice neighborhood with a lot of artsy stuff going on.