Fukushima is the third artist monograph you’ve made with La Chambre Graphique Paris, can you tell us about the process of transforming a body of work into a book?
It sounds kind of hard to believe, because I don’t know anyone that has this kind of relationship with their publisher…. but I just give Camille all my images and she has free reign! We just really get each other. I mean, we’re always swapping inspiration images, ideas, talking about a billion different things, sending each other books in the mail - so when it comes to actually collaborating, it’s just really exciting and easy. I get to Paris, we eat lots of cheese, laugh a bunch and go through everything we’ve been obsessing over and texting to each other in our dumb franglais, and make a plan. Then we split tasks, just work back and forth - and it’s done! I don’t think I’ve ever made any changes. She’s pretty magic.
In addition to your art work, you also make home-made tattoos?
Yes! It’s such a nice contrast to making really laborious, pristine studio work - to do something so messy and permanent so quickly, at the end of a studio night. And I really love making original works that my friends carry with them, that can’t be acquired by museums or collections! I really love the contrast of the two together.
We love your apartment, which also doubles as your studio… how does this space contribute to your creative practice? Do you enjoy working from home?
Yes! I’d been wanting to live and work in the same place for so long. My life is a bit mad, and I’m never really in one city very much so having one base with everything contained is actually pretty life changing! It’s made me so happy. And coming back to my mess, and my notes and references on the wall, works in progress is just so good. It’s like not skipping a beat.