Sew what? I started making these little dolls a long time ago and I didn't really know how to sew. I taught myself how to sew because I run a bondage business and I had to learn. My friend gave me the business, and I kind of expanded it. I still don't really know how to sew very well. I'm sure I'm doing everything wrong, but it works okay. And then I have a Web site, veganerotica.com. It sounds really exciting but it's really boring because I just sit at home and sew stuff, and there's no sexy slaves hanging out being sexy.
A family affair. I'm an atheist now. I'm not Mormon anymore. I don't know if this is offensive or not but I feel like my family's Mormon the way some families are Jewish. My family has been Mormon for so long that I'm distantly related to Brigham Young and other prophets.
Watch your diet. I became vegetarian when I was 7 years old, by myself my family wasn't vegetarian. And then I became vegan about five years ago it was kind of an extension. It's not that something is dying that bothers me. It's that it's unnecessary and the fact that I am completely removed from its death. If I was starving, I would be fine with chasing down an elk and bringing it down with my bare teeth.
Anatomically correct. Oh, I get crazy reactions with that. Which I think is really bizarre because I don't think my work is sexual, really, because nothing's having sex or being really erotic. They just have genitalia. With dolls, what I really like about them is that people interact with them with less walls up, with less preconceptions about what art is. And they kind of interact with them on a more intimate level because it's something they can touch, and it's small and it's an intimate experience. And so, also a lot of people acted really protective toward them. The first time I showed them at Salt Lake [City], this girl came up to me and yelled at me. The crux of her argument was that I'd taken these little people and made them stand naked in front of all these people in a gallery and how horrible I was to do this. She was so concerned about the well-being of the dolls and how I had forced this unfortunate circumstance upon them.
Everybody poops? To us, our hands and our feet are just as important as our genitalia. We would be screwed if we couldn't pee we would be in an awful lot of trouble. And so it's just as important. I didn't give them assholes, though. But I'm an artist. I don't have to answer to that, necessarily.
Too close for comfort. And I used genitalia from people from porn mostly because I didn't really have a lot of people who wanted to flash me their cooch. It's kind of an awkward thing to ask of a friend.
Adults only. It's about just the experience of being responsible for who you are and everything you do. Because you can no longer pretend that it's not your fault. That's kind of the idea behind it even though they're still dolls, which is kind of a weird way to talk about adulthood. The titles are, like, what they would say to you if they were your friends or people you worked with and their experiences. We anthropomorphize things to deal with it, and they're sort of anthropomorphizing different issues of being grown up.