Thank you for letting us visit your impressive space. We never imagined an artist studio could be so centrally located?and with such an incredible view. Do you feel inspired by the city in your artwork?
I feel really lucky about my space, usually New York apartments are really tiny. Having the luxury of working out of my home while looking out over the city skyline is very inspiring! New York is definitely an international art hub, and I am happy to be living here. Being able to live and make work in New York is incredibly rewarding and the fact that my art has a place here is validating on many levels.
Do you have a general mission in your art? What drives your creativity?
I am exploring power structures and the roles we play in society at large, but also in our own smaller communities and the relative morality between those worlds. Through the medium of crochet, I have moved across ideas of gender permissions? and how societal constructs often dictate the roles we play, to larger and more universal ideas of vulnerability, power and control, surveillance, and technology.
I am sitting right now surrounded by masses of crocheted dynamite. Can you tell me more about your current exhibition?
I am creating an accumulative installation featuring an assortment of fiber-made “explosives”; weaponry crocheted by hand that represents the confines of society and our ability to break out of the mold. The title of the show is: “DON’T MAKE ME count to three!” It symbolizes the power structures we face throughout our lives, and the threats that coincide with these relationships, beginning with the most basic power relationship- the one with our parents (didn’t everyone’s mother use that threat from time to time?) and continuing on through our relationships with our teachers, bosses, government, partners, etc.
What do you think about guerrilla knitting and yarn bombs? Do you only exhibit your work in galleries, or do you work as well in public spaces?
I think guerrilla knitting and crocheting definitely has its place in the urban art world. But, I think others have this covered pretty well, and I don?t feel the urge to be involved. However, I do other public installations. For example, for this project, I’ve had people helping me crochet dynamite, in the subway, on the bus, in other public places, as a way of not only helping produce the work, but also promoting the exhibition. It created this network of people who were invested in the concepts and were interested in sharing this with people they came in contact with. I also have an ongoing side project where I place lotus flowers made of recycled plastic in puddles around Chinatown and document them as well as people’s reactions. I wanted to repurpose the trash from around the city, and use it as a way of beautifying the space, causing people to stop and notice their surroundings.
Last question: What is your favorite place in New York and why?
I’d have to say The Fat Radish. I recommend it to everyone. It is not only a beautiful and very relaxed place to go, but the food is delicious and very affordable for the high quality of ingredients they use.
Thanks a lot for the recommendation and for showing us your studio.
Hear Nathan Vincent’s impressions of the smart forjeremy in this video.
Photos: Ryan Koopmans