For Canadian artist Chloe Wise, LOLs are vital. That's why humour is always an ingredient - if not the essence - of her art, and her je-ne-sais-quoi of absurdly unique yet exuberant and weird approach is unparallelled. Stylist and Photographer Miyako Bellizzi paid a visit to her dear friend for our latest installement of our Girls Girls Girls series.
What inspires you?
As seen on TV commercials, product boxes, grocery stores, Brooklyn culture, yoga culture, mixology culture, Tim & Eric, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman, little kids outfits, cartoons, food, Jewish food, Jewish people, my parents. I’m really inspired by the visual language in little things I think are really funny and normal that you take for granted like a playground, a supermarket, or a bar.
What is your biggest fear?
What do you do on your downtime?
What downtime? I’m never not working in some way because making art is something I am constantly thinking about.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a bunch of different videos at the same time. All of which are comedic and rhythmic like everything I do. Currently, I’m editing a video that I’m doing with two other people, Adam Levett and Chris Levett, for a film festival in Toronto called Disconnect. It’s a really insane comedy/drama/photo-shoot/dance sequence/documentary/acting reel for Ashley Smith. It’s a weird combination of every source of video and involves all our friends and will be really fun and funny. It releases later this month.
I’m also working on a series of bread bags that’s been going on for over a year. These are all bags I make reference to “it” bags of the 90’s and early 00’ which is when I would have had a bat-mitzvah. Objects and commodities such as designer bags functioned as a status symbol. In rap music, bread is a term for status and wealth. By using puns like Louis Vuitton baguette or Croissant Dior are funny, light-hearted ways of making visual reference to commodity culture, consumerism and status while using imagery I thought was really important in 2000’s. The most recent is the Prada hallah backpack called Hallah Backpack Girl.
How long have you been making videos?
I’ve been making a lot of videos lately but have been using videos as a medium for about three years now. I think video is a really good way of culminating imagery and content from paintings, sculptures and my life into one cohesive, visual comedy.
Where are you favorite places to go out?
Sophie’s, 169 Bar.
Favorite place to eat?
Where do you like to find clothes?
I don’t really go shopping but I like to buy clothes from friends who are designers like Eckhaus Latta and Richards NYC.