Desserts, trees, beaches (Karen Kilimnik)

The clairvoyants view, my tres jolie house in France (2004)

Karen Kilimnik likes beaches. At least the look of them; which is basically the same thing (for details of argument, cf. here). Good. Accordingly, she is welcome at SFD (wherever our HQ reside). What is more, John Waters recently revealed that Sofia Coppola and Karen Kilimnik are the very same person. In an anciennistic kind of way, probably.

Anyway, that’s enough to reproduce Karen’s frieze-questionnaire here.

Questionnaire: Karen Kilimnik

What images keep you company in the space where you work?

Curtains in the summer and a view of the trees and sky out the window the rest of the year.

Images would be too distracting.

If you could live with only one piece of art what would it be?

The Venus de Milo (c. 130 BC) or Whistlejacket (1762) by George Stubbs, thank you!

What should change?

There should be less people and more trees and animals.

What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do?

Taking a permanent vacation.

What music are you listening to?

Waltzes by Johann Strauss and ballet music.

What are you reading?

Andrew Roberts’ Waterloo: June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe (2005); The Mammoth Book of Fighter Pilots (2002), one on chinoiserie and a mystery about fox hunting. I’m against killing foxes, but playing tag is okay!

What do you like the look of?

Desserts, trees, beaches and vacations.

What is art for?

It’s all for me, but a friend of mine said that that’s a good question and that maybe you should tell me.

Karen Kilimnik’s solo exhibition at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris runs from 27 October 2006 to 14 January 2007. A mid-career retrospective will open at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia in 2007 and will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Aspen Museum of Art, Colorado.



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