Isn't it hard to draw a line between good and bad taste? Hand Eijkelboom - an artist from Amsterdam - explores the matter like no-one else. He was one of the first people we wanted to involve in Marfa Journal, and has become a key member of the MARFAMILY.
Do you think most people have a desire to look unique?
The whole myth of uniqueness is just a part of the capitalist system. I don't think people need to look unique at all, rather the opposite.
How would the human race have attempted to look generic if we didn't have fashion?
If fashion had a less dominant role in the social conscience, our clothing would've been much more connected to the work we're doing and weather conditions.
How much time do you spend on thinking what to wear?
I spend little time on thinking about my own clothes, but a lot of time on thinking about clothes in general.
Is there an element of irony in your work?
I take my work very seriously, but I might do it in order to make people laugh.
Would you say that your work criticizes capitalism?
No, not really. It mainly focuses on identity and the relationship between an individual and his environment.
How do you envision the progress of capitalism? Do you think it will radically transform?
I feel that capitalism has already had its time. However, I can't see any alternative development in a practical sense.
What does money mean to you? Do you like money?
Money plays an important role in the realization of my work, and I'd like to have more money because of rising hotel prices.
What's your opinion on designer clothes?
It plays absolutely no role in my choice of clothing, but I'm interested in the idea of the impact it has on society. For example, Many Japanese people can't live without a Louis Vuitton bag. Or at least they think they can't.
This article originally appeared in Marfa Journal, Issue 2.