What do you like to occupy your time with lately?
I've been feeling a little uninspired recently, but when I have time to myself i have been going to Color Me Mine, a ceramic painting studio, sort of weird but very soothing haha. I have some pieces I painted recently that are going to be in the Hammer Museum gift shop in mid July. Otherwise, I laze around my house and vacuum pet hair.
Can you name one of your most recent prolific memories?
I just had a dream that there was a hit out on me and that this small group of people were trying to protect me by dressing me up all fancy. I don't know what it means but I can't really think of a prolific memory at the moment. Oh, well I have this memory of my dad and I going to grounds of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum which is more like a park, and in this park there is a stream and we would go at night and stick our hands in the stream and flush crawdads out of the soft mud and keep them as pets in an aquarium. Super weird but very fun.
Your dad was a horror movie actor—how was that as a child?
My dad had only really acted in a few horror movies when I was a kid and most of those were filmed before i was born. I think the most important aspect of him acting in horror movies was that he also loved horror movies, so growing up we would watch them together as a sort of bonding activity. It started as a thing when I was pretty young so whenever a scene would get too gnarly he would pause it and explain to me the actual behind-the-scenes process so as to calm my childish suspension of disbelief. All in all it just allowed me to have love for horror a twisted sense of humor.
What are you reading these days?
I'm reading "Death in Venice" by Thomas Mann, and then I want to get into "it" by Stephen King.
You mentioned at some interview that your hoarded animals as a hobby. What is about hoarding, especially animals, that you’re attached to?
Some people would view it as hoarding, I view it as having a family haha. I love animals, grew up always having many many animals so it's something I've always felt familiar with. If I can be of service to an animal in need aka have the resources to provide a home for it then I will. I think having a relationship with animals makes me exercise a level of compassion I don't normally access.
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