Tell me about your piece at The Standard, Hollywood?
crocheted seaweed. So, it’s strips of crocheted material that resembles seaweed.
And the idea is that it hangs from the ceiling of the vitrine and then I put a
fan on each end and so when you turn the fans on, it sways; the idea is that it
will look like an aquarium and then whoever would sit in it would almost look like
a mermaid. It’s funny to talk about it now because, as you know, it was 16
years ago now!?
mean it really brings something special to the lobby; tranquility.
And I’m proud of it because there’s a lot of them I don’t like that I did back
then. I’m like, “oh, my God, that was the worst. I can’t even believe I thought
that was cool.” Or I hate that interview. I didn’t know how to talk about what my
passions were or what influenced me.
Okay, so I
watched your TED talk, which I really loved by the way, and I have a lot of
questions about the things you were talking about. First off, did your art
really start from boredom?
true. Because I was not even in the profession of art in my head. You know, I
had a clothing shop and I was making things, but in my head, I wasn’t really
thinking I was an artist. So, it’s just such a wild moment for me that something
so simple just changed the course of my life. It was simply out of boredom. It
was selfish. It was unambitious. It was just entertainment for my own little
Was it like
boredom in general or boredom at seeing drab things?
boredom and seeing drab things. It was definitely an instant-satisfaction
moment. I wasn’t thinking ‘oh, maybe one day I’ll do a double decker bus in