1) Who are you and where are you?
Daisy, Northern New England.
2) What do you do for work?
3) What do you do for fun?
Same as above.
4) Tell me something about your bookshelves.
I am a recovering academic. As I've moved away from a life dominated by the written word I've come to read more and more graphic novels and art books, and the arrangement of my books no longer follows librarian-style alphabetization. I also like to decorate my shelves with artwork by myself or other people. This particular shelf includes a shrine to Fidel Castro that I painted inside of an old wine crate. My father later filled it with a crowd of devotees made up of Lord of the Rings-style fantasy figurines. The books in this shelf are many of my favorites post-academia.
5) Tell me something about ONE of the books on your shelf.
The Tragic Kingdom: The Art of Camille Rose Garcia is the exhibition catalogue for a show I saw of Garcia's work in the San Jose Art Museum. I actually saw the exhibit by accident when I went to see another artist's work (Martín Ramîrez, also on the shelf). I was blown away by her creepy pop culture style, sense of color and rambling descriptions. Most importantly though, she taught me that serious art could include the liberal use of glitter. A video on the museum website actually showed her hand glittering a commemorative giclée print!