Public Art Curator | Sway Manager
"That’s become part of the ethos of the project....the idea of taking something that’s sort of an eye sore and a pain in the ass and turning it into a community focal point."
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in northern Virginia, about 15 minutes outside of Washington, DC.
How would you describe that place and its people?
It’s really beautiful. A lot of people who are from further south don’t think of Alexandria as the south at all, even though there are a lot of things about it that are, but there are a lot of things about it that aren’t. Obviously I don’t have a real strong twang of an accent, but it’s full of a lot of history, which is cool.
The people, all in all, like the people everywhere were fine…nice…pleasant. But the people I grew up around, I liked them to a certain extent, but I didn’t always feel simpatico with them. I kind of dressed different and was into different shit, and my brother was four and a half years older than me, and he was always friends with older kids. So at like my Episcopalian high school, there I am like 15, 16 wearing huge parachute pants from the Army Navy Surplus Store with like a binky tied to the pocket with a little crop sweatshirt, like, “What’s up? Doing the little rave thing. It’s a little late, but get into it." And people were like, “What the fuck are you doing? Is that a binky?” I didn’t even know what it was for necessarily in rave culture or why you would need that at the time, but I was kind of hungry for people who I felt could challenge or teach me things that I wanted to be taught, not that I needed to be taught.