Artsy: How do you settle on the colors you use?
AI: The colors I use are resourced directly from the L.A. landscape. Our dramatic, winter sunsets inspired the new Sky Backdrop (2015) palette. Their purple, orange, and yellow tones also inspired my color selection for the new lenses.
Artsy: How many years have you lived in L.A.? When you left to study at Yale, for instance, how did it inform your work? Have any recent travels been especially influential?
AI: I’ve lived in L.A. always, minus three years at Yale and the six-month try I gave New York City. I’m now 32 and a half, which means I’ve lived here for a total of 29 years. I’ll never forget those long, gray, bitterly cold winters in New Haven. The work I made there, as an undergraduate, was all about my longing for the magic of L.A. I was homesick.
Art history is so important to me and I’m fortunate that my recent travels have taken me to cities where I’m able to see some of art history’s greatest treasures. I was just in Moscow, where I had the chance to visit the Pushkin museum and to spend time with some of the most incredible paintings I’ve ever seen.