Tell us about your recent artwork. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the corporate exploitation of subcultures within the framework of Capitalism. I did a series of enamel drawings on skateboard decks depicting scenes from the white-collar workplace. It was sort of my way of commodifying the business world the way skateboarding and punk rock are being co-opted, neutered, and sold back to us. I think there’s a lot of humor in this concept.
What artists have influenced you and why? The first artist I ever really liked was probably Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes. I used to read his strip every day, and I wanted to grow up to be a cartoonist. Watterson’s integrity and the message he injected into his work shaped some of my own principles while I was growing up.
I really like Liechtenstein, Francis Bacon, and Oldenburg for their respective senses of humor and unique intellectual approaches to art making. Studying their work really got me thinking about content, context, and process.
Did your family encourage you to become an artist? Yes. From a very early age, my parents have been very supportive. I think they might have expected something a little more traditional, but they’ve always encouraged me to pursue art.
Describe the environment and atmosphere in which you work. Do you generally work alone or with people?
I’m currently using my bedroom as a studio space. I have large rolls of white paper that I can tape up to the wall for sketches and notation. I usually keep a running tab of ideas, concepts, and connections while arranging a composition. I prefer to work alone. I just try to stay relaxed but focused. And to enjoy myself, of course.
What interests do you have other than art?
I’ve been skateboarding ever since I was twelve, so that’s always something I make time to do. I also love playing music. I was actively playing in bands for about six years. I’d really like to get out playing more shows again. I’m also interested in politics and the general workings of the world. I am vegan, too, so animal rights are also important to me.