Much of the art world revolves around questions of value – and not just in terms of appraisals and price tags. We ask these days: What is worth our time, energy, attention, and yes our hard-earned money?
What math do you do to determine the meaning and value of something? What moves you? What enriches your life? In this new series, we ask people from the art world and beyond what assessments they make on a personal level.
A few years ago, Detroit-born, New York-based artist Carly Mark started a side project that combined fashion and fine art. Since then, it’s become a sustainability-minded ready-to-wear brand—dolls and dolls, named after Mark’s beloved rescue chihuahua terrier, while also nodding to the fashion industry’s (literal and figurative) use of dolls.
So, Marc designs sculptural clothes from dead-end fabrics and accessories with a silly sense of humor, inspired by some of her favorite things. Often these are food objects: think cocktail dresses in the shape of teacups; Mary Janes on wedges of what looked like Swiss cheese; Handbags decorated with fake bananas, chocolate chip cookies, fried eggs and bagels.
“I like a little bit of the low and the high,” she once told Cut. “I wanted to design a Wisconsin cheese hat but beeswax and beautifully carved. Why not?”
There’s also a gold tinsel bag, because this season. Before the holidays officially begin, the artist and designer—nominated by the CFDA as Emerging American Designer of the Year 2022—took a moment to respond to our ratings survey.
What’s the last thing you’re bragging about?
HR Giger silk screen from Lomex exhibition: Biomechanoid (Biomechanoid Portfolio, 2), 1969. I Love Everything, Geiger; I’m huge alien Also a fan, to which he contributed greatly.
What are you saving for?
Days off in Japan. I always feel renewed and inspired when I go there.
What would you buy if you had $100?
Dinner at Shake Shack for my friends. They have gluten free burger buns – which is a must for me.
What makes you feel like a million bucks?
Get a full night’s sleep and go to the gym.
What do you think is your greatest asset?
What do you value most in a work of art?
Lack of fear.
Who is the emerging artist worthy of everyone’s attention?
Janeva Ellis. Her work has strong energy. Standing in front of him feels great.
Who is the artist who has been ignored and has not yet got his due?
Lisa Frank. I have a lot of nostalgia associated with her work. I carried her files to school and collected her posters.
What, in your estimation, is the most overrated thing in the art world?
Go to the openings. I really like to look at the action, which is impossible to do at the opening.
What is your most valuable possession?
My doll dog. It is a rescue chihuahua terrier. I think he’s seven now. We sleep in a dog mound together every night.
What is the best investment you’ve made?
What is the little thing that means the world to you?
A text message from a friend.
What isn’t worth all the hype?
What do you think is a worthy cause?
Self-care: therapy, pilates, and lots of sleep.
What do you aspire?
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