ARTIST, DRAG PERFORMER
Q: How would you describe your work?
A: I’m a visual artist, exploring alternate realities with avant-garde make-up, fashions and performances. Something that has been self- titled as ‘distorted drag’.
Q: How did it start?
A: Drag was, first and foremost, my way of presenting the clothes I had designed and made. It was the final accessory to add to a look to make it complete. The make-up always had to mirror the garments, and as my garments became progressively more intricate and/or bizarre, so did my make-up. At one point the make-up took over and I developed what is now my very specific aesthetic. But every look still lives from the outfit, no matter if it was my own creation, a collaboration, or styling.
Q: Can you describe your process?
A: Every character starts from something small. A pattern, a color scheme, a print, a shoe. Anything that makes me want to start the process of going from sketch to a fully realised and handcrafted creation. Once the look is finished and I can see the final silhouette and visual language, I decide on the make-up to accompany it, by either going through my concept calatogue of make- updesigns I had done before, or I create something new along the lines of my aesthetic.
Q: What’s been your favorite moment so far?
A: Getting to work with inspiring artists I had looked up to in awe a few years back, such as Nick Knight, Tim Walker, James Merry, and Björk – that’s been the best. Sharing and exchanging ideas and visions with people you truly admire for what they bring to the world is a beautiful way to widen one’s horizons.
Q: What makes you most happy, and why?
A: The day before a shoot, when I have my new creations laying in front of me, waiting to be packed, along with shoes and every little extra piece I will wear to make the character complete. Just the anticipation of bringing something new together for the first time is so much more thrilling than actually being in the full illusion in the end. Because once it’s been done, it’s onto the next. I don’t give myself much time to enjoy them.
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