Where did the idea for SOUP come from? How did it evolve as you coordinated with the other artists?
I pitched in some ideas during brainstorming but in the end it Shaina or Frog came up with “soup.”
Couldn’t give you the whole play-by-play but soups are good, I think everyone likes soup, especially in the fall and winter, I didn’t have a problem with it.
How did you decide which pieces to include in the show?
Shaina invited me to do this and so I just picked some pieces I made in the past few years that I felt would be interesting to show and maybe get some feedback on. This was my first gallery show and it was cool to see people interact with my work. The boxes were personal explorations that grew out of former obsessive-compulsive habits and meditating on dreams. I never made them with the intention of showing them in a gallery one day.
How does the other work in the show affect your art? Do you see the pieces as individual expressions or parts of a whole idea?
I identify as Unitarian Universalist (though I don’t go to church), so yeah I fundamentally believe that we all affect each other and are parts of a unified whole. Regardless of whether or not we are conscious of it. I like Shaina and Lady and Frog and I like their work, it speaks to me, but I’m not thinking about them all the time, especially not when I’m working on my art. But since they are a part of my life I guess they are a part of my subconscious, so maybe that shows through in my art without my realizing it. Though I did make all these pieces a few years ago, before I knew them very well.
I make my work reflexively, my pieces serve to catch and layer compulsions. Sometimes when I add those mirror pieces in there it adds a level of feedback into it, and all of a sudden the thing is about the viewer, you know… which happens to be Me when I’m looking at it, but it’s YOU when YOU’RE looking at it.
So yeah i guess my work is about me but it’s also about you and them too.
What’s your favorite soup?
New England clam chowda
A lot of the work in SOUP is interactive. How did viewers react to the pieces that could be played with?
They seemed to like it.
What’s your favorite piece in the show?
"Open the Doors" by Shaina Yang. I got such a kick watching people try it for the first time. What a great practice, great message. It starts off a such a positive spiral of goodwill and equal rights. They should install this piece at every UN meeting, and make it mandatory for every diplomat to shake hands through that thing.