What was your experience like with TBW?
Katelan is very supportive, fun and easygoing yet sharp as a whip! I love doing work with women like this, it is always an opportunity to exercise being part of a team with my own gender, rather than this false sense of competetion that women supposedly have with each other. I choose to live in a world where women are my sisters, supporting me and I them, so this project fits right in with my vision.
Myths and dreams. Stories I know, or think I know. Animals, creatures with souls that speak a diferent language than you or I were taught.
What could I do with that? Hold them in my arms for just long enough, let them crawl on my face, sparkle them with my eyes.
What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
Props, they help me succeed in life. I’m very shy, but give me a prop like a wig or a snake or a glass eye, and I am a star. I was trying to be too honest, peeking out from behind my mask too often. Props, that is what I learned. Don’t wait until it is too late to learn about props.
No, absoulutely not. This has been the hardest, yet most beneficial year of my adult life. This is the year when I am becoming a Woman, instead of a little girl. I decided to move out of the house I shared with my long term boyfriend in March. I really love him and miss him, but out of kindness he would still be my crutch if I lived there, so, even through the sometimes dreadful pain, I am glad to be getting on my own two feet. When I took the photos in They Be We, I was still in that home. I think my photos reflect this, an in-between state that I was in when I took them. I was believing I was leaving my world of illusion, and was actually diving deeper. But I had to get to the bottom of the ocean, the place closest to drowning, in order to get to where I am now. I still don’t have my head above water, that is, in a state of absolute reality, but I’m going in the right direction now, toward the sun.
Get a remote control.
Location: Bed Stuy
Sun Sign: Virgo!
Virtue: Moodiness is my virtue. And being very kind to the aged.
Vice: I will ignore all my friends and loved ones if I am reading a good book. What, you thought I was going to tell you a real naughty vice? Maybe next interview…
Secret Self Esteem Booster: Wearing exactly what I want to wear at all times, even if it’s a pair of black jean shorts with a cut up cobwebby victorian skirt draped around my neck as a shirt to work while I’m giving people herbal health advice. I find it’s not just a self esteem booster, but it keeps me sane.
What Inspires You: People on the edge of their own creativity, pushing themselves past their comfort zones. Artists actually showing their work, proving that artists can also do business. Also artists who are keeping the drama in their art. You give us all hope. And of course, my dreams. A lot of the dolls and creatures are based on my night dreams.
Anything by Snog but especially “Bourgeois”, Ladyhawke “My Delirium”, Natasha Atlas “Eye of the Duck”, Daemonia Nymphe “Daemons”, Sinead and Shane “Haunted by the Ghost”. The video of that one… it’s shocking.