This is interview took place not long after the opening of, 'Anais Through the Looking Glass and Other Stories'. Laura Frost, is an award-winning teacher, writer, and cultural critic based in San Francisco and former professor of literature at Yale
LF: First, how did "Anais through the Looking Glass and Other Stories" come together? What was its genesis? Did you begin with the subject matter or the treatment, or something else entirely?
CS: For years I have wanted to do a project based on Anais Nin as I have always found her writing to be very visual and very similar to my art i.e. Erotic, sensual and surreal. It was a matter of time and importance to get the balance right between Anais life and my art. I eventually found the equilibrium in using photographic images of Anais along with varies mediums such as ink, collage and paint.
LF: The pieces have a depth that you create through photographic images, mirrors, frosted glass, and light. Can you describe the composition process, and what these layers of material suggest?
CS: Using these materials enabled me to connect with my subject matter, Anais Nin both emotionally and intellectually. The mirror connects the subject to the viewer therefore creating an intimate relationship instigated by the artist who is also involved. A Menage a Trois between subject, artist and viewer.
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