TCT: How did you think of using pencils as a medium to make things?
SL: As an avid collector of folk and outsider art, I have traveled extensively to the Southern U.S. to visit self-taught artists in their own environments and took special interest in how these artists used recycled materials in their work. To complement my growing collection of folk and outsider art, I started covering the family furniture with recycled pencils.
TCT: What is your favorite thing that you’ve made out of pencils?
SL: I’m very excited about my new Pencil Ladies.
TCT: What is an artwork you would like to have in your living room?
SL: Venus of Urbino by Titian, Mona Lisa, Starry Night, Las Meninas by Velazquez.
TCT: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
SL: Bob Dylan.
TCT: Pepsi or coke?
TCT: Waffles or pancakes?
TCT: Flip flops or sneakers?
SL: Flip flops.
TCT: Summer or winter?
TCT: Dogs or cats?
TCT: Train or bus?
Interview conducted by Benita Gingerella