This piece is especially meaningful to me, as I completed it after a rocky separation from my lover of seven years. The piece depicts the two sides of my person, one side being the self-centered, neurotic, workaholic artist. I created this piece as I was undergoing the physical and emotional separation. In those conditions, one finds it hard to be motivated...the hours pass very slowly.... at that time my energy to make art was extremely low, however, I managed to create this piece, which became one of the most beatuful pieces I ever made! So odd to see it on the cover of a major design publication.
You can also find a Q&A with me in the magazine. Here are some excerpts of the interview they did:
Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: On my iPod I have a blend of salsa music, new age, rock & roll, hip-hop, Spanish rock, classical and a whole lot of 80s music. Yes, I love the 80’s! I also have a tremendous amount of inspirational lectures, podcasts that give me advice about running a business, and radio shows such as “This American Life.” Because I travel so much, I try to have a variety of content that is not just keeps me entertained, but it’s also teaches me something.
Q: What’s in your refrigerator?
A: Kale, bakchoy, squash and a variety of organic vegetables, non-hormonal and free range meats and eggs, sprouted organic bread, and a big variety of non-dairy yogurts and cheeses, some carbonated water, and of course some good Tequila. No beer because I’ve never acquired a taste for it. Eating for me is one of the most important sources of energy so I’m very meticulous and selective about what I eat. I believe in having a diet that is organic and locally-produced as much as possible. Food that doesn’t have GMOs, hormones or preservatives is very important. In fact, it’s a huge topic I approach in my work.
Q: What is your philosophy when it comes to design?
A: My primary aim is to touch the viewer’s heart. I do that through educating or inspiring them to take action, or through exposing a truth that they may not have been aware of. I speak to people’s humanity and I want people to remember that we are all interconnected, and that we must all be advocates for social justice. Whether we are talking about the economic devastation inflicted by the big banks in this country or whether we are talking about immigration or women’s rights, I make work about how these issues affect all of us and about how we all need to be a part of the solution. In my designs, I am hoping to depict an inspirational story that will allow the viewer to be rapidly impacted and touced by what they see. When I design, I am really trying to elevate the voices of those who are affected by a particular law or a policy and I try to promote the ideals of social justice that are important to me.
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