Artsy: For 15 years, you developed creative products for your product-development company. Why did you return to art full time in 2005?
MM: My decision to commit to art was something I thought about for years before 2005. I strongly considered studying art in college before deciding on graphic design—a decision informed by insecurity mixed with youthful ambivalence. While I liked many aspects of owning a small, creative business, I grew tired of the limitations and aggravations of the commercial marketplace. So I decided to stop.
Initially, I pursued other creative interests, including an ambitious project involving video production, club performers, and the prospect of a late-night PBS market. I wanted to find out if I could produce work that met my definition of art. Without distraction and market demands, I was able to slow down, rewire my creative process, and begin reconciling my insecurities with my ambitions.
Artsy: Where do you typically look for inspiration?
MM: My inspiration in life is the same as my work—which is a relief. I love to watch movies and television series, eat, drink, take walks, and talk to people.