Q: Why have a blog?
A: I started blogging to have a place to document my photography - but I have been enjoying the evolution of my blog as I grow and change. I've also met a handful of amazing people over the years, and formed some pretty life-changing friendships. For as much work as a blog can be, the payoff is amazing. Not to mention I have nearly a decade of my life archived publicly.
Q: What do you do?
A: I am an art history buff and disability rights ally currently working towards my masters in Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC. I care deeply about the museum field, and hope that through question asking, exploration, research, and collaboration, I can have a positive impact and instigate change in the museum industry. My current focus is accessibility in museum spaces. I'm currently wrapping up my masters research on public programming and community engagement within the disability arts and culture field. In addition to my research interests, I'm a graduate assistant for PDACH and Bodies of Work, a disability arts and culture festival located in Chicago.
I've also interned at a variety of arts institutions having worked with a local photographer and dear friend, Herb Nolan, archiving his collection of silver-gelatin prints and negatives. I also worked as a graduate assistant at Gallery 400 and a gallery associate at Aspect/Ratio, both contemporary art spaces located on Peoria Street in Chicago.
Q: What are some of your hobbies other than blogging??
A: I like to travel, eat croissants (Floriole's are my favorite), sing karaoke, track down books at the library, listen to Blossom Dearie and Billie Holiday on my record player, go to the movies, cook and bake! I'm starting to think of myself as a writer more and more lately, though I don't write as often as I could and should. I'm also a maker by nature, I like painting and drawing.
Q: What is "Edie and Andy"?
A: Edie and Andy references the relationship between Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol. I find their relationship to be both troubling and fascinating. In doing research for my undergraduate thesis on Warhol, I found myself increasingly curious about the intricacies of their friendship and the trope of the artist and muse relationship. If you're at all interested in any of this, I suggest reading Popism: The Warhol 60s.
Q: If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be?
A: Miranda July (and maybe she could bring Mike Mills and their children with her). Her work, her projects, her life - they all speak to me on a very deep level. I hope to someday create something as meaningful as what she has done. Whether it's a web-based contribution type project like Learning to Love You More, or an app to foster human interactions like Somebody, or maybe just using my body in different ways - I am inspired by MJ. One thing I need to do is let her know how I feel. Fan letters soon MJ, I promise. PS I have something of hers tattooed on my body...