This week at The L Magazine, Will Brand and I teamed up to chose our picks for their annual feature Five Art Stars You Need To Know. This year, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artie Vierkant, Christopher Chiappa, Sarah Braman, and Virginia Overton topped our list. We then spilled over 1200 words on each artist, and peppered them with questions over email. We learned a lot about each artist, but perhaps this response by Christopher Chiappa was the most illuminating:
How do you describe your work to your parents?
My artwork is very much like the way I am, and my parents have been dealing with my overt philosophical ambiguity since I was a little boy. When our first family dog, an insane Dalmatian named Pepper, died while I was in Kindergarten, my parents were afraid to explain her death to me. As we were burying her, though, my father was struggling to dig a hole wide enough to place her rigor-mortised body into, and I suggested that we cut off her legs because she was dead and wouldn't mind.
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