Q: Tell us a little about yourself; what makes you so special…
I recently graduated from Alfred University where I studied art, philosophy and dance. The last few months I have been adjusting to life outside of art school, life after college, and the balance of work, art and everything else has been challenging and exciting. My partner and I plan on having a farm/art collective in the next ten years or so, with lots of traveling and art making in between. This summer we'll be traveling in Europe a bit and woofing on a farm in France. I am big on lists, so here is an incarnation of myself as a list: love sunshine / avocados / me and you and everyone we know / backpacking / reading / biking / grilled fish tacos / Austin, Texas / The Moth podcast / The Blow / gin and tonics in the summer, white russians in the winter / David Lynch / David Bowie / David Byrne / boys in dresses / gold sequins / unicorns / peanut butter and bananas / the new Animal Collective album / Dance parties / good science fiction and COLOR.
Q: What do you make/create?
I think of myself as a multimedia and performance artist, and recently my focus has been on making dances. My dances tend to oscillate between quirky, facetious tableaus and dark, minimal vignettes. As a choreographer, I love collaborating with other dancers and artists. I also recently collaborated on a series of ceramic cups with Jacob Raeder, where I made ceramic decals from collages. I posted several photos on my website: www.heartlayla.com
I really enjoy the collecting and assembling process of collage, and my vintage habit is an extension of that affinity.
Now onto the really important questions…
Q: If you were an appliance, what kind of appliance would you be?
A food processor. Why? Self explanatory.
Q: Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
The love of my life.
Q: What’s your most embarrassing moment?
For a long time I pronounced the word "chic" like one referring to a small bird.
Q: Movie star crush?
How about rock star crush? Mathew Houck from the band Phosphorescent.
Q: Black and white or a hazy grey?
It depends on the F stop.
Q: Who’s on your iPod?
Lots. Today I was listening to New Young Pony Club.
Q: If Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter dueled, who would win?
Harry. Totally Harry.
Q: Best advice you ever received?
"There is a really cool website called 'etsy' that you should check out"
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