Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.
Hometown: Connecticut and London.
Studio location: Brooklyn.
Describe what you make: I make sculptures and photographs that play with ideas about nature and its representation in the contemporary world.
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: Large-scale hyperrealistic canvas flowers—in various stages of wilting—have been my most important pieces so far. It’s an idea that I’ve been able to expand upon and make increasingly ambitious iterations of. I find lots of room to explore in it; right now, I have a show up at the gallery Special Special, which includes mostly sun-scorched leaves and flowers that bloom in late summer.
Describe the problem your work solves: Nature, in a visceral and tactile form, has been displaced from many people’s lives. My work helps to bring it closer to people.
Describe the project you are working on now: I am working on a project that looks quite different from my previous work. It’s a series of images that I took inside greenhouses printed on raw linen with hand-painted elements. They have a more somber and quiet tone than much of my work—they look more like artifacts.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: As a part of my show “Late Summer” at Special Special, I created an edition of felt planters in the shape of sun-chokes and turnips. They’re called “Tubers” and are now available in two sizes online and are featured in the gallery through the end of December. Otherwise, I’m developing this new body of work without a specific exhibition in mind yet.
What you absolutely must have in your studio: My studio is constantly shifting depending on what I’m working on. I really only leave things pertinent to my current project on the walls and tend to work without music. Storage space and good light are my only real studio requirements.
What you do when you’re not working: I spend lots of time with my friends around the city. I love trying new food and restaurants.
Sources of creative envy: Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau, Cy Twombly, El Anatsui.
The distraction you want to eliminate: Social media in all forms.
Concrete or marble? Concrete.
High-rise or townhouse? Townhouse.
Remember or forget? Forget.
Aliens or ghosts? Aliens.
Dark or light? Light.