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Featured Artist: Andrea D’Aquino

Andrea D’Aquino

S&H editor Ben Nussbaum chatted with this issue’s featured artist, Andrea D’Aquino, about creativity and silence, her affinity for collage, and more

Ben Nussbaum: You do a lot of illustration, so a lot of your work exists only digitally, on a computer screen, until it’s reproduced in a newspaper or magazine. How does not having a physical piece of art you can touch and manipulate challenge you as an artist? Andrea D’Aquino: I think we do have to make a distinction between an artist and an illustrator. I think of illustration as more in service of something, where you have to fulfill something. So even though you’re being creative, it’s not the same as someone in a paint-splattered studio all day. They’re different pursuits. But in my illustrations, I try to incorporate the spirit of someone who does physical work and is more experimental and free. And in my work life I try to keep juggling both balls of the physical, organic, handmade, experimental work and the editorial or assignment work. Ben: In some ways, New York City is this huge collage. For example, there are so many types of buildings all jostling with each other. Do you think living in New York plays into your affinity for collage? Andrea: Whatever you bring to it is probably rele …

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