You have such an amazing and eclectic body of work spanning from more art installation-like pieces to products to actual homes and living spaces. What have been some of your favorite or most memorable projects over the years?
The Kauai house is pretty special. I really think it’s a magical space and at the time it was very ambitious for me because I’d never built an entire house. Of course I had a ton of help.
I’m really proud of the work my wife and I have done in collaboration. We have been playing with architecture and furniture with our paintings and building structures or rooms for art works.
At this point I’ve built 10+ campers. I think of the campers as one body of work that is slowly evolving, each one building on the next.
Tell us about some projects you both are currently working on.
We’re doing a collaboration in France this summer where we are going to build a large structure; “experimental furniture” for seeing the ocean. Rachel is going to paint each piece of wood and then I’m going to cut it up and put it all together.
Rachel, where do you draw inspiration from in your work?
I like thinking about being in the studio with artists I admire. As a painter, you’re part of a very long lineage and that’s a beautiful complicated mystery.
Describe your artistic process.
I keep a diary of images/objects/shapes that interest me. They are ever-evolving and rotating. I don’t really discriminate from these sources. It can be a hand in a painting, to a piece of fruit, a toy, photograph, textiles, the shape of a letter. From these visual resources, I can start a painting or drawing, a sort of launching pad and then work goes from there.
Do you guys share a studio together?
Yes we have always shared a studio. We use to have a really big studio up the street but when we had our first kid we decide we wanted to be closer to home so we could go out and work while she was sleeping so we built a studio in the backyard that we share.