Likes/Dislikes asks interesting individuals to create two lists: one of their likes, one of dislikes. The feature is based on two things: an excerpt from Susan Sontag’s As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 and another from Roland Barthes’ autobiography (trans. Richard Howard, 1977). The exercise, while gratuitous, is rooted in ideas of pattern, construction, specificity, and memory.

Xochi Solis is a painter living and working in Austin, Texas. In addition to her studio practice, she is the Director of Public Programming at the Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin, and is currently an active member of MASS Gallery, an artist-run project space in East Austin.

A song Xochi likes: "This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)" by Laurie Anderson ft. Peter Gabriel


— The smell of wood burning and straw
— Broccoli
— Mezcal
— Nervous smiles
— Unabashed laughter
— Being cooked for
— Celluloid
— The sound of a record needle hitting wax
— Cloud shapes
— Photographic surfaces
— Plants of varying sizes and colors
— Clay
— Tropicália

— The roll of rr's in Spanish
— Dada
— Transparency
— Dramatic reenactments
— Percussion
— Faye Dunaway's voice
— Harry Nilsson's love songs
— Gena Rowland's everything
— Magic Realism
— Jungle canopies
— The sound of sharp scissors cutting through paper
— Matching outfits
— The wall of sound
— Hotel rooms

A song Xochi dislikes: "There She Goes" by Sixpence None The Richer


— Self-loathing
— Ingenuine smiles
— Dishonesty
— Fake flowers
— Digital agendas
— Cars too big for their driver
— Sloths
— Finding out sugar is in everything
— Bullies
— The elusive thigh gap
— Squishy bananas
— Ill-fitting clothes
— Artificial flavors
— Over-academic analysis 
— Narcissism
— Psychic vampires
— Gratuitous cursing
— Polyester
— The smell of burnt popcorn
— Guilt trips
— Dirty hair
— Outlet malls
— Pets passing away
— Pit stains
— Ballpoint pens
— Talking on the phone
— Soda pop


Some images of Xochi's work:

To see more from Xochi, read about her here.