Where and what did you study?
I studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They don't have majors or grades, which encourages some interdisciplinary work. I mainly studied photography and new media practices, which at the time included video and digitally based work. Not doing much art growing up, I choose photography because that seemed the most accessible medium for me. Photography was the first artistic practice I could wrap my mind around. But I never excelled at it, I was never able to make the images I wanted to create – I really struggled with the restrictions of light and perspective.
And when you graduated?
I did some odd jobs including e-commerce photography, but I graduated during a recession and it was tough for people find work. Even people with years of experience were being laid off. A few years later I started an online shop under the name BFGF. It was a way to figure out what type of work I wanted to make, because I was able to experiment a bit. Over the years it has transitioned into being an extension of my practice.