Angery, ink on paper, 45" x 25", 2016
These pieces revolve around the idea of sleep and dreams- the subjects often feel separated from reality, and there’s a sense of being stuck in an intermediary space. Is this something you’ve always been interested in?
It definitely is something I’ve always been interested in! I have a complicated relationship with sleep (can’t fall asleep at night/can’t wake up in the morning kind of thing) but I usually have a lot of good dreams because of it. I treat my dreams as a place of reprieve from the day to day, so I’ve been trying to describe that place in my drawings. It’s honestly really challenging for me, but I’m glad the feeling comes across!
The way that you overlay and intertwine your subjects in each piece is both visually challenging while still being playful. What led you depicting your characters in this way?
I’ve always had a love for comics and illustration, so I think it started there. I was trying to make drawings that read similarly to a comic, like a short moment in time with a small narrative, but with a different format. It’s turned into me just piling the transitions, the setting, whatever, into one space, breaking all the rules I thought went with a narrative image (I think this applies to the “Angery” drawing most). I’m glad the playfulness comes out, that goes along with my rule breaking I guess. When I make moves I know are a little ugly or weird, it’s really fun.
Your drawings almost always have a young female figure in them. Is that character a reflection of you?
Yes and no! Most of the time I use them to depict whatever I’m feeling at that moment, so in that sense they are reflections of me. If my girl is frustrated in the drawing, I was probably feeling frustrated when I drew it. I think it’s also because I know my body best, so I get material from that. I hope that makes sense! Other than that, I just love drawing women and making work with them in the forefront.
You also make stickers and handmade sketchbooks- how did you get started making those?
Stickers started with the Coraddi and Ashley Hallenbeck! Ashley invited me to make some stickers for the sticker machine she had in the Gatewood building (Fall 2014!) which was really rad. Alongside that, I was helping with making stickers for the Coraddi promotions each year. Making sketchbooks started this year! I had the privilege to learn bookbinding from Alan Brilliant at the Glenwood Community Bookshop my last semester of school. I worked there putting together some of his books and fell in love with it immediately, and once I left Greensboro I wanted to continue making them.
Who are some of your influences?
Oh boy, I have too many! Taiyo Matsumoto, Jillian Tamaki, Philippa Rice, Koike Emiko (tumblr user Nemuiro), Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Richard Scarry, it goes on. I’ve also grown up totally in love with the Katamari games, so they influence my work a lot too.
Soup, ink, graphite, and watercolor on paper, 24"x18", 2016