PAIGE SMITH / A COMMON NAME / INTERVIEW
20 June 2012


Describe yourself with 10 words.

Obsessive compulsive, perfectionist, dreamer, builder, multi-media, anxious, reader, fun loving

Describe your work with 10 words

Installations, paper, dioramas, small universes, handmade, typographic, archaeology, tactile, treasures

Who´s the first artist/photographer that comes to your mind first?

Stefan Sagmeister. A designer and artist meshed into one that shares the same type of obsessive compulsive tendencies I look up to.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

I'm a trained graphic designer who started making tactile designs—paper type, intricate cutouts, etc. I quickly switched to working as an artist, usually with paper, and started the Urban Geode street art project late last year. I've mainly been working on the micro level and just switched to macro with my first large installation at The Standard, Hollywood. I hope to do more public works that are even larger and with different materials in urban settings around the world.

How would you describe your style?

It's chaos meets perfection. Beautifully perfect mathematical shapes puzzled together to create an organic piece. It tends to happen in most of my installations.

Your house is on fire, what do you save?

Cats and computers. All the paper will be gone in an instant.

Something you want the world to know about you?

I can never settle on one type of work—materials, disciplines, interests are all forever changing.

Tell us a song that has haunted you.

Nothing specific comes to mind. Zoe Keating is pretty haunting overall.

What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

I'm a designer that would like to make a living as an artist. I want to change my life and it doesn't just happen on its own. My inspiration comes from fellow artists, my dreams, and living.

What did you want to be with 13?

Probably an inventor. I used to try and make Rube Goldbergs every other day.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

I'm a new artist so I haven't dealt with this yet. As a self-employed graphic designer I have a lot of experience dealing with clients and invoices and proposals, but none on galleries and agents and art collectors.

What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

I'll be participating in Design for Humanity on July 25th, that's all I know for sure. I plan on applying for grants to do the larger work I mentioned and I'd love to travel a bit with the street art project.

italian or chinese?

I have to go Italian













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