We’re Still Working Artist Interview: Laurenn McCubbin
















“Backstage”, 2016, Laurenn McCubbin. Photo by Chani Bockwinkel

What is the story behind ”Intimate” and “Backstage”?

Both of those pieces came out of the 5 year long documentary project that I started while I was living in Las Vegas. I began interviewing people in the sex industry, and instead of creating a documentary film where people sat back and consumed these stories, I wanted to create a way for people to experience the stories in a way that embodied the experiences of the people telling them.

How would you like people to interact with your work?

I prefer that people interact with my work physically – by touching my sculptures, by putting their bodies in the spaces inhabited by my documentary subjects. And I hope they take away a  sense of understanding about groups of people whose lives might be different from theirs.

What lies on the future radar for you as an artist?

I’m continuing to expand my installations and video work – making them larger, and taking more opportunities to embody the experiences of other groups of people.

About Laurenn McCubbin:
Laurenn McCubbin is a large-scale installation artist and illustrator, as well as the house designer for Milkfed Criminal Masterminds (PRETTY DEADLY, BITCH PLANET). She’s drawn comics and graphic novels for McSweeneys, Marvel Comics, Vertigo, Last Gasp and Dark Horse. She was the Art Director for Image Comics, the co-creator of the graphic novel RENT GIRL (with writer Michelle Tea) and she is currently an Assistant Professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design in the new Comics and Narrative Practice major. She received her BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art from Duke University

About the Interviewer:
Tara Chandi is SOMArts’ Communications & Gallery Events Intern. She is pursuing a Master’s in Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts. Her work is focused on designing for sustainable solutions and systemic change.