What led you more towards art direction as opposed to journalism?
I'm interested in exploring different mediums for expressing ideas and emotions. In my art history classes, I was fascinated by the Fluxus art movement (started in the 1960's and known for blending together different media and disciplines) and the Happenings that were occurring in the art world around the same time. And before that, there was Dada; those artists intentionally avoided becoming constrained to a single medium.
You took off some time from school to go to Paris.
I chose to go alone and not with a program. This gave me a lot of time to reflect and become an intense observer of everything that was going on around me…watching people on the train and how they interact with one another, and just picking up on social cues. You start seeing lifestyle as a work of art.